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Building bridges, not walls

Saturday 27 May, 9.30 am to 4.15 pm with Joe Camilleri OAM, Emeritus Professor of La Trobe University, on Christian responses to current global issues. Workshops cover main areas of concern. Justice and International Mission Unit Convention 2017, Uniting Church in Australia, Centre for Theology and Ministry, 29 College Crescent, Parkville. Cost: $30 Metro participants; […]

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

Pope Francis & the Common Good. Where is our society going?

Seminar. Saturday 24 June 10am-1pm Newman College 887 Swanston Street Parkville A free event, but for catering, please contact Br Mark O’Connor 0429 694 707  |  mark.oconnor@marists.org.au An expert in Catholic social thinking, Bishop John McElroy of San Diego, is a prominent advocate for the poor and 200,000-plus migrants in his diocese. He has doctorates […]

May 7th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Member Events,Politics | Read More »

Francis: challenging nationalism, market rule, & overconfident technology.

Prominent US social justice Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego. Friday 23 June 5-6.30pm Newman College 887 Swanston Street Parkville A free event, but please RSVP for catering to Br Mark O’Connor 0429 694 707 |   mark.oconnor@marists.org.au Bishop McElroy is a strong advocate for the poor and for more than 200,000 undocumented migrants in […]

May 7th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Politics | Read More »

Building a just society.

Building a just society.

Race Mathews on the significance of Catholic and co-operative social reform movements. Reviewed by Bruce Duncan As one of Australia’s most eminent Labor figures and historians, Race Mathews has offered a fresh interpretation of the Australian labour movement over the last 125 years, examining the development and impact of Catholic social ideas and movements. Other historians have […]

April 29th, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Pope Francis delivered the hard talk about the economy that Davos didn’t.

Pope Francis delivered the hard talk about the economy that Davos didn’t.

Lawrence Chong. CEO Consulus, Business Design Strategist Lawrence Chong responds to the address by Pope Francis on ethical problems in the global economy at a large meeting of the Economy of Communion network in February 2017. At a time of failing governments, unravelling of the global order, rising populism, and a technological wave which might […]

April 29th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

The globalisation of indifference.

The globalisation of indifference.

Klaus Neumann. from Inside Story, 24 April 2017 Despite ambiguities of meaning and history, the Pope’s reference to concentration camps makes a forceful point about our attentiveness. “Pope likens migrant holding centres to ‘concentration camps,’” Reuters reported on the weekend. The news received much attention, not least in Israel and Germany. First responses ranged from bewilderment […]

April 29th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature | Read More »

Struggling for decent housing: Thirty years of St Kilda community activism & the Port Phillip Housing Association.

Struggling for decent housing: Thirty years of St Kilda community activism & the Port Phillip Housing Association.

Book review. Many books and articles catalogue the often turbulent history of housing activism across Australian cities. The Victorian cases are usually focused on the inner north of Melbourne. A recent example, Trendyville: the battle for Australian cities, documents the slum reclamation battles, the involvement of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Oswald Barnett, and […]

February 5th, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Time to rebuild our economies, inspired by Christian social values.

Time to rebuild our economies, inspired by Christian social values.

Peter Whiting. As 2016 draws to a close, commentators are making the point that in western democracies a disgruntled working class has wrought the unexpected in political terms. Brexit, the election of President-elect Trump, and the rise of Hanson and the minor parties in the Australian Senate are all being sheeted home to those who […]

December 9th, 2016 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Pope Francis’s message to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in Ministry & Faith.

Pope Francis’s message to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in Ministry & Faith.

Sherry Balcombe Coordinator Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Thornbury Victoria Our National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council, with the assistance of the Australian Bishops’ Conference,  in a video message, requested a blessing from Pope Francis. Recorded in Alice Springs, the video features people present at Blatherskite Park in 1986. These people experienced first-hand the impact […]

December 8th, 2016 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Indigenous Issues,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Why is torture so widely practised?

Why is torture so widely practised?

Brian Johnstone. National and international law prohibits torture. These laws are based on a consensus that torture is immoral. However, as Amnesty International reports, at least 81 world governments currently practice torture. US president-elect Donald Trump has publicly favoured waterboarding. Why do governments engage in torture, and why do their supporters accept this? Two books […]

December 7th, 2016 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »