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SPC News July 2015. Special Encyclical Issue. Laudato Si': On care for our common home. »

SPC News July 2015. Special Encyclical Issue. Laudato Si': On care for our common home.

04:08 pm | A call to ecological conversion Peter Whiting Pope Francis’s encyclical seeks a new dialogue on shaping the future of the earth. Peter Whiting comments that this dialogue certainly needs to occur between those…

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Events

SPC Forum. Pope Francis on ‘catastrophic’ climate change, world poverty, & social equity. »

SPC Forum. Pope Francis on ‘catastrophic’ climate change, world poverty, & social equity.

01:49 pm | Dr Mick Pope & Professor Joe Camilleri. Thursday 9 July 12:15-1:30pm The Salvation Army Hall 69 Bourke Street Melbourne…

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Ecological aspects of war: religious perspectives from Australia. »

Ecological aspects of war: religious perspectives from Australia.

02:05 pm | Conference. Monday 28 September 2015 8:45am-5:30pm Trinity College Theological School Trinity College Royal Parade Parkville A one-day symposium on…

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Pope Francis & other prophetic voices: calling us to reshape the public sphere. »

Pope Francis & other prophetic voices:  calling us to reshape the public sphere.

01:49 pm | Conference Thursday 17 & Friday 18 September 2015 St Michael’s Uniting Church 120 Collins Street Melbourne   Youth forum Wednesday…

Jun 29 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Human Rights: what on earth are we doing? »

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08:45 pm | Gavin Dufty, Manager, Policy and Research, SVDP Cost of Living Impact on Households: National and Victorian Energy Prices.  …

May 1 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

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  1. SPC Forum. Pope Francis on ‘catastrophic’ climate change, world poverty, & social equity.
  2. SPC News July 2015. Special Encyclical Issue. Laudato Si': On care for our common home.
  3. Ecological aspects of war: religious perspectives from Australia.
  4. Pope Francis & other prophetic voices: calling us to reshape the public sphere.
  5. Towards an ecological vocation: a reflection on Laudato Si’.
  6. Magna Carta after 800 years: relevance for our legislation on refugees, terrorists, secrecy, and other issues.
  7. Pope Francis on avoiding environmental catastrophe.
  8. Laudato Si’ & population growth: a cautionary note & my preferred emphasis.
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Church and Social Justice

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  • A call to ecological conversion.

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  • Pope Francis & the Abbott government.

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  • Realities and surprises: a (very) personal reaction to Brenda Niall’s Mannix.

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  • Jesus and the Dreaming: Australian Spirituality through Aboriginal-Christian Dialogue.

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  • Commemorating the centenary of Gallipoli.

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  • Andrew Chan & Myuran Sukumaran & the death penalty.

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  • Shock cuts to Department of Social Services will hit homeless & housing services

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  • Pope Francis highlights social justice, inequality, & climate change

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  • Pope Francis & British PM David Cameron: the right to freedom of speech

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The Yarra Institute

The importance of values in government. »

10:47 am | Former senior public servant, John Menadue, explores how values are the foundation of good governance, allowing clarification about broad principles which can then be shaped into policies to be concretised in specific programs. He gives an assessment of current efforts to ensure fairness and equity, freedom, citizenship, stewardship of resources, and ethical responsibility in government.…

Jun 2 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Budget 2015: even more unfair. »

08:17 pm | Bruce Duncan.  To save the Coalition ship from the electoral shoals, the government has moderated its hard-line neoliberal rhetoric, but has added to the pain inflicted on low-income groups. Faced with plunging opinion polls and likely defeat at the next election, the Abbott government has abandoned the debt-crisis rationale of its first budget and tried…

Jun 1 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Magna Carta after 800 years: relevance for our legislation on refugees, terrorists, secrecy, and other issues. »

12:55 pm | John Hassett.  The most significant legacy of Magna Carta is its symbolism. We respect it today as a cornerstone of our freedom. This year is the 800th anniversary of the signing on 15 June 1215 by King John of a document (Carta Libertatum) inscribed in Latin on sheepskin parchment. It arose from a struggle between the…

Jun 29 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Landmines: the state of play. »

11:02 am | By Bill Frilay. The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL)  – the NGO leader on this issue – estimates that around 4,000-5,000 people were maimed or killed by landmines last year alone, and that millions more suffer from the agricultural, economic, and psychological impacts of the weapons. They estimate that there are still tens of…

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SPC News July 2015. Special Encyclical Issue. Laudato Si': On care for our common home. »

04:08 pm | A call to ecological conversion Peter Whiting Pope Francis’s encyclical seeks a new dialogue on shaping the future of the earth. Peter Whiting comments that this dialogue certainly needs to occur between those who shape high policy, such as national governments and the UN. But, just as urgently, it needs to occur at the level…

Jun 29 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Asylum seekers

Magna Carta after 800 years: relevance for our legislation on refugees, terrorists, secrecy, and other issues. »

12:55 pm | John Hassett.  The most significant legacy of Magna Carta is its symbolism. We respect it today as a cornerstone of our freedom. This year is the 800th anniversary of the…

Jun 29 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Close Nauru & Manus Island: Australia’s disintegrating moral standards. »

Close Nauru & Manus Island: Australia’s disintegrating moral standards.

12:11 pm | Bruce Duncan.  Against the advice from Save the Children, which is under contract to provide welfare services on Nauru, a baby girl…

Jun 16 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Treating asylum seekers humanely is a core Gospel demand. »

Treating asylum seekers humanely is a core Gospel demand.

01:34 pm | Speaking at St Patrick’s Cathedral before the Palm Sunday rally in support of asylum seekers in Melbourne on 29 March, Bruce Duncan…

Mar 30 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Ending the politics harming children in detention. »

Ending the politics harming children in detention.

01:00 pm | Caz Coleman. If only there were an opportunity to cut through the politics to name what Australia needs to do to address the…

Mar 12 2015 / 2 Comments / Read More »

Stewardship of our planet

Pope Francis on avoiding environmental catastrophe. »

Pope Francis on avoiding environmental catastrophe.

12:27 pm | Bruce Duncan.  Popes write social encyclicals in times of social crisis or at great turning points in history. Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’…

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Laudato Si’ & population growth: a cautionary note & my preferred emphasis. »

Laudato Si’ & population growth: a cautionary note & my preferred emphasis.

11:52 am | A (Len) Puglisi.  Len Puglisi is an urban environmental writer and former planner with State and local government bodies. His article, 10…

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A call to ecological conversion. »

A call to ecological conversion.

11:03 am | Peter Whiting.  In his encyclical, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis speaks of a need for a spirituality which can motivate us all to…

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Towards an ecological vocation: a reflection on Laudato Si’. »

01:22 pm | Geoff Lacey. Call to an ecological conversion In the encyclical, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis has drawn connections between the state of the environment and several causal factors. He observes that…

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