Redefining the Mainstream: Local Government, Inclusive Communities

The Second National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism, Immigration and Human Rights


Reverend Janet Turpie-Johnstone
Chairperson of the Interfaith Network of the City of Greater Dandenong

"Sacred Space" A Partnership Model Between the City of Greater Dandenong, Interfaith Network and Dandenong Hospital

In the year 2000 the Dandenong Hospital created a 'Sacred Space'. the previous Christian chapel was beautifully converted into a double space for the use of all Religious Bodies. This was the culmination of many years negotiation and work. Within the city of Greater Dandenong there is a well established Interfaith Network. this began in Springvale in the late 1980's. The Network has grown from strength to strength as the immigrant population of the area has grown. Every october the various faith leaders gather and sign a common statement which promises the residents of this area that we will work to otgether toward understaning and acceptance of each others beliefs, cultures and ways of being. This common statement also includes those of no faith or religious beliefs. the Network stand at an interesting point in its history. So much grea work has been done in the past and now we are looking at how to make ourselves even more who we say we are. The 'Sacred space' is one example of the faiths working together. Prayer at the opening of all Council meetings and our ability to stand together on major issues are but a few of our achievements.

Presentation Type
30 min. Paper

Equipment Requirements:
Data Projector


Deakin Woolstores Campus, Geelong Waterfront
30 November - 1 December 2001