Reverend Janet Turpie-Johnstone
Chairperson of the Interfaith Network of the City of Greater
"Sacred Space" A Partnership Model Between
the City of Greater Dandenong, Interfaith Network and Dandenong
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.
30 min. Paper