The 2015 Australian Catholic University (ACU) Iftar Dinner was held at Melbourne St Patrick's Campus on Tuesday, 7 July. Organised by ACU and the Australian Intercultural Society (AIS), the event was attended by over 100 guests.
The MC for the evening was Edmund Chia Senior Lecture in Theology at ACU and coordinator inter-religious dialogue network. Dr Hakan Coruh gave the call to prayer (Adhan) and recited several verses from the Quran. Guest greetings were offered from Frank McGuire Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research MP for Broadmeadows and Inga Peulich Shadow Minster for multicultural Affairs, followed by a synopsis on Ramadan iftars and gatherings by AIS Executive Mr. Ahmet Keskin.
Guest then had the pleasure to hear Keynotes addressee on 'Respect for the Sacred' from both the Christian perspective by Sr. Cheryl Camp PhD Candidate at ACU and by Mrs Zuleyha Keskin PhD candidate ACU from the on the Muslim perceptive .
The highlight of the evening was the official launch of the Multi-faith Chair by Dr John Ballard, Associate Vice Chancellor along with members from a diverse range of faiths including Imam Dr Bekim Hasani, Imam of Carlton Mosque, Rabbi Fred Morgan Emeritus Rabbi Temple Beth Israel and Rev Geoff Cheong Minster of Holy Trinity Balaclava.
The dinner also featured a spiritual Whirling Dervishes performance from members of the Naqshbandi Nazimiyya Sufi Order and Taize prayers
The evening concluded with a word of thanks by Associate Professor Robyn Horner Acting Dean of Faculty and exchange of gifts.
Australian Intercultural Society (AIS) in collaboration with La Trobe in their unwavering commitment to intercultural dialogue hosted its seventh Iftar dinner at John Scott Meeting house, La Trobe Bundoora Campus onThursday July 16th 2015.
The evening's master of ceremonies was Liz Stinson Executive Director of La Trobe International. Dr Bekim Hasani Imam from Carlton Mosque gave the call to prayer and recited several verses from the Quran, and a welcome speech was presented by Pro Vice- Chancellor of La Trobe University Professor Betty Leask who spoke of the importance of global citizenship.
Guest speaker Victor Preton Senior Advisor from Oppeus International congratulated La Trobe University and the AIS for their sustained commitment to holding annual Iftar dinners dedicated to increased understanding of Islamic ceremonial traditions and to build partnerships and friendships across the La Trobe, Melbourne and Victorian community and expressed that by gathering together to break the fast with prayer and companionship, it is demonstrating a commitment to a spiritual and collaborative leadership.
The evening concluded with audience members having the opportunity to share their reflections on the evening’s program followed by a vote of thanks from Mr Ahmet Keskin Executive Director of AISand exchange of gifts.