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Book launch. Ecological aspects of war: religious & theological perspectives.

Invitation : Book launch. Two books edited by Anne Elvey, Deborah Guess, & Keith Dyer Thursday 7 December 5:30pm Whitley College Library 271 Royal Parade Parkville Melbourne. Dr Deborah Storie will launch Ecological Aspects of War: Engagements with Biblical Texts (Bloomsbury, T&T Clark). Dr Bruce Duncan will launch Ecological Aspects of War: Religious & Theological Perspectives […]

November 14th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Contact Us,Events,Events 2017,Member Events | Read More »

Wiring social justice into the economy: towards inclusive and sustainable development

Professor Paul Smyth Tuesday 5 December, 7.30-9.00pm, following SPC’s AGM at 7.00pm New Directions for social policy after the collapse of the neoliberal framework Study Centre, Yarra Theological Union, 34 Bedford St., Box Hill. Entry free. Donations welcome. Refreshments afterwards. Paul Smyth is Honorary Professor of Social Policy in the School of Social & Political […]

November 13th, 2017 | Posted in Events,Events 2017,SPC Events 2017 | Read More »

How will the North Korean Crisis be resolved?

How will the North Korean Crisis be resolved?

Bill Frilay. I use that heading, because I do not know the answer, and wish world leaders did. All I know is that the likelihood of using nuclear weapons is greater than at any time since the 1962 Cuban crisis. We have Kim Jong Un, belligerent, young, but not to be underestimated. Seemingly prepared to […]

November 10th, 2017 | Posted in Disarmament,Peace | Read More »

Sharing food and friendship: the St Vinnies soup van story.

Sharing food and friendship: the St Vinnies soup van story.

In June 1975, the Victorian Society of St Vincent de Paul’s first soup van, a humble old Ford Transit wagon with doors which flew open when they took a corner, started offering friendship and food  to the homeless men, at that time mainly affected by alcohol abuse. It was initiated by a group of young […]

November 6th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

SPC News November 2017. Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance.

SPC News November 2017. Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance.

Follow the links to read these articles in full. Download a .pdf of SPC News. Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance Peter Whiting The spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on the government to end the “unfolding humanitarian emergency”, and allow the previously detained […]

November 5th, 2017 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

Will the Korea crisis spark nuclear war, or a just peace? Pax Christi AGM.

Professor Joseph Camilleri on Korea crisis. Sunday 19 November 2pm Kildara Centre Rear 39 Stanhope Street Malvern (through car park) Pax Christi members and friends welcome everyone concerned about our human future. 12:45pm Lunch, followed by reflection from different faiths 3:30pm Discussion on Pax Christi priorities 4.30pm Brief business meeting, and election of new Pax […]

November 4th, 2017 | Posted in Events,Events 2017 | Read More »

Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance.

Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance.

Peter Whiting. This must surely seem an odd way to frame a commentary on conscience, but I am having great difficulty reconciling the Australian Government’s position on the refugees on Manus and Nauru and any notion of conscience. On 31 October, the Australian Government closed the Manus Island processing centre, requiring the 600 men detained […]

November 4th, 2017 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Be ‘fair dinkum’ about encountering the poor: Pope Francis institutes new World Day of the Poor.

Be ‘fair dinkum’ about encountering the poor: Pope Francis institutes new World Day of the Poor.

John Ferguson. As we approach the seasons of Advent and Christmas, Pope Francis has instituted a new ‘World day of the Poor’, which this year will be celebrated on Sunday 19 November. In his message for the day, Pope Francis says he wants the annual event to be a “powerful appeal to our consciences as […]

November 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Frank Brennan SJ : 110th anniversary of Harvester Decision.

Rerum Novarum Oration 2017 Wednesday 8 November 7:30pm Cardinal Knox Centre 383 Albert Street East Melbourne Light refreshments served from 7pm All welcome. Free event. Justice H B Higgins established a living wage for unskilled male workers, enough to support a wife and three children in ‘frugal comfort’. This became the basis of the Australian […]

November 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Events 2017 | Read More »

Pope Francis under attack.

Pope Francis under attack.

Bruce Duncan Despite his immense popularity among most Catholics and many others, not just Christians, Pope Francis is meeting increasing opposition and outspoken criticism, even from some cardinals and bishops, as well as from some prominent academics and writers. Contention centres on his views on the pastoral implications of moral theology on divorce and remarriage, […]

November 1st, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »