On Friday the 7th of October 2016, the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network (MPIN) hosted its sixth annual silent retreat at the beautiful Brahma Kumaris Retreat Centre in South Frankston. The theme of the retreat was “The Well of Being".
On Sunday June 7th 2015, around 650 people from the Mornington Peninsula community came together to celebrate at the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Festival. This annual festival is a celebration of diversity- a celebration of multifaith, multiculturalism, and a celebration of diversity within community.
On Saturday 23rd May 2015, thirty-five people came together at Green's Bush, Main Ridge for the 'Listening to the Land' autumn program.
On Sunday 22 February 2014, the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network held a 'Listening to the Land' summer program at Tea Tree Creek in Flinders.
On Sunday June 8th 2014, around 800 people from the Mornington Peninsula community came together to celebrate at the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Festival. This annual festival is a celebration of diversity through music, dance, art, workshops and food - a celebration of multifaith, a celebration of multiculturalism, and a celebration of community.
On Sunday 23rd March 2014, the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network celebrated Harmony Day with a Listening to the Land program at Green's Bush, Main Ridge.
Despite cold windy wintery conditions, nearly 50 people turned up on the Mornington Peninsula on Saturday 3rd August to participate in the Winter Listening to the Land walk.
On Friday the 26th of October 2012, the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network (MPIN) hosted a silent retreat at the Brahma Kumaris Retreat Centre in South Frankston. The theme of the retreat was “One World: People of many faith traditions coming together in shared prayer and meditation to reflect on compassion and peace.”
Listening to the Land and listening to indigenous elders has, since the founding of the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network in 2008, been an integral part of the network's vision. Four times a year, in conjunctions with the four seasons, we walk sacred places on the Mornington Peninsula. We are nurtured by the land and we receive life from the land. There are many cultures and many religions but there is only one earth that we belong to.
On June 3rd 2012, faith traditions came together in the spirit of peace to celebrate at the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Festival. This year's theme was 'The Wisdom of Indigenous Faiths' and focused on how indigenous cultures can teach us about sharing, sustainability, and our spiritual relationship to Mother Earth.
Listening to the Land and listening to indigenous elders has, since the founding of the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network in 2008, been an integral part of the vision of the network. Four times a year, in conjunctions with the seasons, we walk sacred places on the Peninsula.
Uncle Lionel Lauch, Aboriginal Elder visited Balcombe Grammar Wednesday 2nd March to speak to the Year 10’s as part of their VCE Religion and Society.
Lionel spend 2 hours with the students telling them about Aboriginal spirituality and culture. He told them about his personal journey and how his mother was part of the stolen generation and he showed them some artefacts and played the didgeridoo.
The land inspired us all on this glorious day, Saturday 17th of July 2010. Uncle Lionel and his nephew Billy led us on a breath-taking walk. Whilst it was a bit cold at the start, within a few minutes we began to warm up. Uncle Lionel asked us to keep our eyes open, to see things we would otherwise miss. He encouraged us to allow the bush to soak into our souls. He pointed out buds and grasses and delicious bush tucker sitting around us in abundance, like bush spinach and wild parsley. Uncle Lionel reminded us that the land does not need us, we need the land. We listened in silence.
On Sunday 22nd of November 2009, the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network put together an Art Exhibition on the theme of 'Spirituality: What It Means to Me'. The exhibition aimed at increasing awareness of the diverse ways individuals express the theme of ‘Spirituality’.
On November 22nd 2009, faith traditions came together in the spirit of peace to celebrate at the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Festival. The festival, held at the Peninsula Community Theatre in Mornington, allowed individuals and groups to learn more about each others beliefs and practices. In particular, traditions demonstrated different aspects of their faith through music, dance, art, food, workshops and talks.
On Sunday 18th October 2009, Rabbi Jonathon Keren-Black shared his valuable time to speak on the topic of “Environment & Spirituality”. The function was attended by approximately 65 people who shared the evening with a warm soup at The Rye Hotel in Rye.
On Saturday 17th of October 2009, our very own Reverend Hans Christiansen, gave a talk on “The Mystic Heart of Christianity” at the Shiva School of Meditation & Yoga. This talk was part of a series of talks conducted by Shiva Yoga in preparation of the Parliament of World Religions (3-9 December 2009 in Melbourne). It was hosted by the spiritual director of Shiva Yoga Swami Shankarananda.
On Sunday 16th August 2009, 70 people gathered at the Continental Hotel in Sorrento to hear Nick Allen, a clinical phychologist, give a talk on 'Understanding Depression: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment'.
On Tuesday the 19th of May, Year 6 students from Toorak College and the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network hosted an evening where stories of 'Women and Spirituality' were shared.
The Spirituality Talk with Venerable Robina Courtin (Tibetan Buddhist nun) was held in partnership with the Anglican Parish of Sorrento and Rye who hosted Robina’s weekend visit from Sydney. The topic of Robina’s talk was 'Freeing the Mind from Depression & Fear'. The evening held at the Continental Hotel in Sorrento on the 3rd May was a tremendous success.
On Tuesday March 20th, Year 6 students from Toorak College along with teachers and chaplain visited four places of worship within the local area and beyond.