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These are my Commandments I give unto you – my Sinai desert delusions.

Tony French. In January, I climbed Mt Sinai. Readers of the Hebrew Scriptures know Mt Sinai is where God gave Moses the stone-engraved set of Ten Commandments. At the time, you may recall, Moses was escaping Egypt with his Israelites en route to the ‘promised land’. Mt Sinai is geographically roughly halfway there, being in […]

February 24th, 2019 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

How to sustain prosperity with justice. 

Paul Smyth. Paul Smyth examines the recent UK report, outlining a ‘Plan for the New Economy’. One of the UK’s leading non-party think tanks, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), established a Commission on Economic Justice in 2016, after Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, to examine the challenges facing the UK economy […]

February 24th, 2019 | Posted in Book Reviews,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Earth@Peace. How to secure ‘just & ecologically sustainable peace’.

23-24 April 2019 9am-5:30pm and from 7:30pm. Pilgrim Theological College Melbourne29 College Crescent Parkville Melbourne $100 per day, $70 concession/student, $135 professional development (with certificate). $20 evening sessions, $15 concession. Payment on entry (no online booking for evenings). Earlybird discount 20% for standard and concession tickets before 23 February 2019. Book here. For full information, click here  |  see […]

February 11th, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Feature,Peace,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

What has Captain Cook ever done for us?

Ian Robinson. The Prime Minister is intent on making a big fuss about James Cook. He is even promoting, at great expense, a circumnavigation of the continent by a replica of Cook’s ship Endeavour. This is an insult to Matthew Flinders, who actually did circumnavigate the continent, who made a much greater contribution to our […]

February 7th, 2019 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

Faith demands action for justice & for the planet: Pope Francis in Panama.

Bruce Duncan. In Panama for World Youth Day, Pope Francis drove home his message that faith in Christ demands engaging in the struggle for justice, peace, ecological sustainability, and social equity. His visit to Panama 23-27 January 2019 was short, but he was determined to help mobilise the social conscience of Latin Americans for a […]

February 5th, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

Australia Day & our ‘culture wars’.

Peter Whiting. Until recently, for the last 20 years or so, I have celebrated Australia Day at my home with a group of my friends. As part of the entertainment, I would compile a short quiz on a particular Australian theme: bushrangers, prime ministers, Australian poets, prominent Australians, place names, and so on. Intentionally, I […]

February 5th, 2019 | Posted in Feature,Indigenous Issues,Politics | Read More »

Here’s how a 100% renewable energy future can create jobs & even save the gas industry.

Sven Teske University of Technology Sydney. The world can limit global warming to 1.5℃ and move to 100% renewable energy while still preserving a role for the gas industry, and without relying on technological fixes such as carbon capture and storage, according to our new analysis. The One Earth Climate Model – a collaboration between […]

February 4th, 2019 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Australia Day reminds us that we can overcome the fear of foreigners & ‘boats’.

John Menadue. The Australia of today is vastly different from the Australia of my childhood. With its widespread racism and sectarianism, it was socially suffocating. For those changes, I am very grateful. There is a lot of which we can be proud. No country has integrated newcomers as well as we have. But there have […]

February 3rd, 2019 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature,Politics | Read More »

Australia needs to triple its social housing by 2036. This is the best way to do it …

Australia needs to triple its social housing by 2036. This is the best way to do it …

Julie Lawson RMIT University, Hal Pawson UNSW, Laurence Troy UNSW, Ryan van den Nouwelant Western Sydney University. Australia needs to triple its small stock of social housing over the next 20 years to cover the existing backlog and newly emerging need. That is the central finding of our new research report on the housing infrastructure needs of low-income […]

December 6th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

Climate change: “the most important issue we face”.

Climate change: “the most important issue we face”.

Peter Whiting. At the UN’s COP24 climate talks currently under way in Poland, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres described climate change as “the most important issue we face”. The address by Sir David Attenborough was unequivocal in its alarm, fearing the collapse of our civilisations, and recognising climate change as a “man-made disaster of global […]

December 4th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »