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Race Mathews and the future of co-operatives

 “Labour, Liberty and Co-operatives – in discussion with Race Mathews”, 28 April, 6pm – 8pm, Kelvin Club, 14-30 Melbourne Place, Melbourne. “The Future is Co-operative: making mutual enterprise happen – Symposium and skill-share” 29 April, 9am – 4 pm,Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston St., Carlton. * Hear from leaders of the co-operative sector  * […]

March 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Events,SPC Events 2017 | 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 »

Yarra Institute passes baton to the new Centre for Research in Religion & Social Policy.

Yarra Institute passes baton to the new Centre for Research in Religion & Social Policy.

Bruce Duncan. Social Policy Connections and the Yarra Institute are delighted to welcome the establishment of the new Centre for Research in Religion & Social Policy by the University of Divinity. It has always been our hope that the Melbourne College of Divinity (MCD), now the University of Divinity, would found such a centre to […]

October 29th, 2016 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Stalwarts for social justice: Bill Neville & Bernard Carey.

Stalwarts for social justice: Bill Neville & Bernard Carey.

Bruce Duncan. Two exceptional advocates for social justice and human wellbeing have recently gone to God. Bill Neville was one of the key leaders in Catholic and ecumenical social movements in Sydney from the 1970s, and died at the age of 82 in May. And Bernard Carey, academic and administrator, died at only 69, in […]

October 29th, 2016 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

World religious leaders at Assisi: be artisans of peace.

World religious leaders at Assisi: be artisans of peace.

Bruce Duncan. It is a message sorely needed today, Pope Francis said at Assisi to leaders from world religions: authentic religion must only advocate peace and reconciliation among peoples, and never be used as an excuse for violence or war. Religious leaders must be “artisans of peace”. Before leaving Rome for Assisi on 20 September, the […]

October 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

A glimmer of hope? Or just a passing moment?

A glimmer of hope? Or just a passing moment?

Peter Whiting. When we address the shortcomings in our social justice settings, we can easily become focused on the ‘half empty’ part of the glass and miss the moments when something hopeful may be emerging. Some recent releases gave me pause to consider whether there is just a glimmer of hope emerging, on some fronts […]

October 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

A spirituality for just-peacemakers.

A spirituality for just-peacemakers.

Brian Johnstone These reflections were written on the fiftieth anniversary of the battle of Long Tan (Vietnam) which took place on 18 August 1966. In Australia, this is also Vietnam Veterans’ day. Sixty thousand Australians served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1972. Some 521 died as a result of the war, and over 3,000 were […]

October 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »