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Prof. Joseph Camilleri OAM on life in “our brave new world”

Three lectures on Tuesdays 11, 18, 25 September St Michael’s Place Hall, 120 Collins St., Melbourne, 6.15pm.   Life in the Post-Truth World – 11 September   Is Social Trust in Decline? What will this mean for politics, business, banking, media, religion? – 18 September   Redeeming Truth and Trust in Public Life: what will […]

August 9th, 2018 | Posted in Events,Talks | Read More »

Advocating for Reconciliation with state and local governments

A Victorian Reconciliation Network Forum, Saturday 18 August MAYSAR, 184 Gertrude St., Fitzroy, 10.15am to 2.30pm   Dr Susan Rennie from Vic. Local Governance Association; and   Brigid Knight-Braniff, Co-Chair, ANTaR Victoria.   Reconciliation Victoria and ANTaR Victoria will share developments with networks.   Free Event. Light lunch provided. RSVPs essential for catering. Eventbrite Registration. […]

August 9th, 2018 | Posted in Events,Indigenous Issues | Read More »

SPC Forum. Is Victoria still a ‘dreadful parent’ for the hundreds of children in state care or confinement?

SPC Forum. Is Victoria still a ‘dreadful parent’ for the hundreds of children in state care or confinement?

Bernie Geary OAM. Former Victorian Commissioner for Children & Young People Thursday 30 August 7:30-9pm Yarra Theological Union Study Centre  via 34 Bedford Street Box Hill Download the flyer Bernie Geary OAM has been involved with children and young people for most of his life. He was Victoria’s first Child Safety Commissioner from 2005, and was […]

August 5th, 2018 | Posted in Events | Read More »

Voices for Justice. A program for Aid advocates

Micah Australia is hosting a four-day training program in Canberra 1-4 December 2018 for people committed to working for a better and more just world. The program includes two days of training and workshops with leading speakers, and a final two days lobbying politicians in Parliament House. The program is hosted by Micah Australia’s new […]

August 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Global poverty | Read More »

SPC News August 2018. The Thai cave rescue & the surge of common humanity.

SPC News August 2018. The Thai cave rescue & the surge of common humanity.

Download a .pdf of SPC News August 2018. The Thai cave rescue & the surge of common humanity. Chris Mulherin. The inspiration and lessons of this story go beyond riveting real-time TV and lives saved. In my view, what we saw during that gripping week in July was human community at its best: individuals finding […]

August 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

Ecosystems across Australia are collapsing under climate change.

Ecosystems across Australia are collapsing under climate change.

Rebecca Harris University of Tasmania David Bowman University of Tasmania Linda Beaumont Macquarie University. To the chagrin of the tourist industry, the Great Barrier Reef has become a notorious victim of climate change. But it is not the only Australian ecosystem on the brink of collapse. Further reading It’s official: 2016’s Great Barrier Reef bleaching was unlike anything that […]

August 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

What Aboriginal Catholics & other Christians offer the future of this land.

What Aboriginal Catholics &  other Christians offer the future of this land.

Sherry Balcombe. As Aboriginal people, we are spiritual beings by nature. I suppose that was God’s purpose. Our spirituality is so entwined with our culture, customs and lore, they cannot be separated and exist together. We have a deep respect for everything in our world. The land we consider to be alive; she is our […]

July 31st, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Indigenous Issues | Read More »

Why Francis values the assassinated Archbishop Romero so highly.

Why Francis values the assassinated Archbishop Romero so highly.

Rowan Ireland. The assassinated Archbishop of San Salvador 1977-80, Oscar Arturo Romero, is to be canonised in October. It is time to reflect again on Romero’s life and times in El Salvador, and on the significance of his canonisation now. Romero became known around the world when he was assassinated by a right-wing militiaman in […]

July 30th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Climate change: verging on a slow-burning apocalypse?

Climate change: verging on a slow-burning apocalypse?

Bruce Duncan. Astonishingly, some people are still not convinced about the dangers of climate change, despite frequent reports of extreme weather events, rising sea levels and record global temperatures. Europe in July experienced an extreme heat wave, even reaching into the Arctic Circle. Exceptionally severe forest fires have raged as far north as Sweden. Africa […]

July 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

The Thai cave rescue & the surge of common humanity.

The Thai cave rescue & the surge of common humanity.

Chris Mulherin. Until last month, Richard Harris was, to me, a fondly remembered Irish actor. But on the global stage, the new Richard Harris, ‘Harry’, is an Adelaide anaesthetist/medical recovery expert, and, in his spare time, an expert cave diver. He is also a man who avoids publicity and fandom. In a world in which […]

July 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »