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A Mosaic called Ruben.

Anne Doyle . Making mosaics is the art of crafting broken pieces into a work of beauty. In her book, Finding Beauty in a Broken World, Terry Tempest Williams writes: ‘Mosaic celebrates brokenness and the beauty of being brought together’. In late February, I flew into Nairobi with a group of people associated with the […]

May 16th, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

SPC News May 2019. The ethical imperative for a just world.

The ethical imperative for a just world. Peter Whiting The confronting events in Christchurch and Sri Lanka speak to the urgent need to rediscover and legitimise this ‘ethical imperative’ of a just world. Sadly, these two events are but part of a large litany of failures to instill genuinely communal values and praxis into our […]

May 2nd, 2019 | Posted in Contact Us,Newsletters | Read More »

In Australia, climate policy battles are endlessly reheated.

Marc Hudson, University of Manchester This article is part of a series examining the Coalition government’s record on key issues while in power, and what Labor is promising if it wins the 2019 federal election. It might feel like the past decade of climate policy wars has led us into uncharted political waters. But the […]

May 2nd, 2019 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

There’s a lot of bad news in the UN Global Environment Outlook, but a sustainable future is still possible.

Pedro Fidelman The University of Queensland. The Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6), the most comprehensive environmental assessment produced by the UN in five years, brought us both good and bad news. The environment has continued to deteriorate since the first GEO-6 report in 1997, with potentially irreversible impacts if not effectively addressed. But pathways to […]

May 2nd, 2019 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Friday essay: how Western attitudes towards Islam have changed.

Philip Almond University of Queensland. Less than a week after the attack on the Twin Towers in New York on 11 September 2001, US President George W. Bush gave a remarkable speech about America’s “Muslim Brothers and sisters”. “These acts of violence,” he declared, “violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith.” After quoting from […]

May 2nd, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature | Read More »

The ethical imperative for a just world.

Peter Whiting. Wedged appropriately into the two days between the Easter celebration of the Resurrection, with its promise of a new order, and the Anzac Day commemorations acknowledging the sacrifice of many for the basic values of life and freedom, the two-day Earth@Peace conference in Melbourne in April addressed action for a Just & Ecologically […]

April 30th, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Pope Francis and Grand Imam firmly denounce violence in the name of God.

Bruce Duncan. Shocked by savage attacks on Muslims by a radicalised Australian in New Zealand, of all places, and on Christians and other Sri Lankans by Islamists, it is clear that the virus of ISIS is spreading, despite the defeat of the so-called Caliphate in Syria. Islamist and racist violence will never be eliminated simply […]

April 29th, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty,Peace | Read More »

Uniting against terrorism: Pope Francis & Muslim leaders in Abu Dhabi.

Bruce Duncan. Pope Francis has made dialogue with Islam a high priority, as he is acutely aware that the scourge of war and displacement of peoples will not stop until these great religious traditions can consolidate effective norms of peace, justice, toleration, and cooperation. As the leader of the Catholic Church and a spokesman for […]

April 29th, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

SPC News April 2019. A budget for an election.

Download a .pdf of SPC News April 2019 A budget for an election. Peter Whiting With a Federal election tipped for mid-May 2019, and an April budget to accommodate it, it is hardly surprising that – in the hope of influencing electors’ voting decisions – the budget handed down on 2 April had a number […]

April 4th, 2019 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

Editorial. A budget for an election.

Peter Whiting. With a Federal election being tipped for mid-May 2019, and an April budget to accommodate it, it is hardly surprising that the budget handed down on 2 April had a number of initiatives clearly focused on specific community groups and marginal electorates in the hope of influencing electors’ voting decisions. It just would […]

April 3rd, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »