Interfaith Event: ‘Listening to the Sounds of Silence – a Multifaith Imperative’ – Melbourne, Australia





The Swinburne Multifaith facility invites you to its 3rd anniversary celebration ‘Listening to the sounds of silence – a multifaith imperative’.

Date: Wednesday 7th May 2014  Time: 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm

Location: Swinburne University [GS 302] – The George 34 Wakefield Street, Hawthorn (3 minutes’ walk from the Glenferrie Station)

This 3rd anniversary will be opened by the Swinburne Vice Chancellor Professor Linda Kristjanson and addressed by Rev Dr Denham Grierson (FACE), internationally recognised educator and Emeritus Professor at the United Faculty of Theology, Melbourne. Denham will approach the event from a perspective that seeks to engage the academic community rather than bring a particular faith perspective. His starts with the questions: Is there one God or many? Can such a dispute be resolved? His topic: Listening to the sounds of silence – a multi faith imperative.

His reflection engages the thought of Stephen Prothero – Boston University Professor of Religion and particularly his 2012 book ‘God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World’. Prothero delves into the different problems and solutions that Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Confucianism, Yoruba Religion, Daoism and Atheism strive to combat. Grierson grapples with the challenges of focussing on faith in a university context in a pluralist society.

The MFF was opened in 2011 by Anglican Archbishop Philip Freier. Dr Deborah Wiseman (International President of the Council of Christians & Jews) spoke in 2012 and Professor Abdullah Saeed (Head of Islamic Studies at Melbourne University) in 2013.

The celebration will be held at Swinburne University in GS 302. The George 34 Wakefield Street, Hawthorn. (3 minutes’ walk from the Glenferrie Station). Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to by Friday 2nd May.

For more information ring Rev. Newton Daddow, Chaplain Swinburne University:  Telephone +61 3 9214 8489  Mobile 0425 757038  Email:


2 responses »

    • Dearest Rosemary, I understand the event went very well and thanks also to you for your ongoing support for this site and the events we post. We’d love to post any interfaith, faith or multifaith events happening in WA that you can see are missing. We try to cover all of Asia Pacific with our posts but of course, there’s nothing like local knowledge. We’d be very grateful if you’d send upcoming events, news or commentary to and act as our local reporter!?

      Blessed be


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