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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 »

Want a safer world for your children? Teach them about diverse religions and worldviews.

Anna Halafoff Deakin University, Andrew Singleton Deakin UniversityGary D Bouma Monash University, Mary Lou Rasmussen Australian National University. Around 80% of secondary school students who attended classes about diverse religions claim to have positive views of Muslims. This compares to around 70% who had not attended such classes. Our national study of Australian Generation Z […]

April 4th, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Peace | Read More »

Pope Francis in Morocco: building bridges, not walls.

Bruce Duncan. The appalling massacre in March of so many Muslim people in New Zealand’s Christchurch has shocked our countries deeply, and illustrated how urgent is the need to deepen understanding and increase solidarity among our faith communities. The Christchurch event was one in a too-long list of religiously motivated terror acts against Muslims, Christians, […]

April 2nd, 2019 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace | 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 can Australia do to help build a world at peace with itself?

What can Australia do to help build a world at peace with itself?

Allan Patience. Within this question is an assumption (which is all too plausible) that Australia has done – and still does – very little to contribute to the making of a world that can live at peace with itself. The grim truth is that for most of the history of European intervention on this continent, […]

December 1st, 2018 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature,Peace | Read More »

Revelations about Australia and the Iraq war.

Revelations about Australia and the Iraq war.

James O’Neill. A new ABC report, quoting from a previously classified document, reveals that the Australian government decided in early 2002 to join the American-led Iraq War, but failed to disclose that to Parliament or the public. A newly declassified document, originally compiled by Dr Albert Palazzo of the Australian Army’s Land Warfare Studies Centre, […]

December 1st, 2018 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature,Peace | Read More »

Can religions help avert wars provoked by climate change?

Can religions help avert wars provoked by climate change?

Bruce Duncan. A new arms race is looming as the United States, Russia, and China continue to modernise their weapons systems, including tactical nuclear weapons. President Trump has announced that the US will withdraw from the Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, and has abandoned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran which has carefully […]

October 14th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Disarmament,Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | 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 »

The treaty banning nuclear weapons, one year on.

The treaty banning nuclear weapons, one year on.

History made, a solid start, here to stay, and miles to go, before we sleep. Tilman Ruff. One year ago, on 7 July 2017, at the United Nations in New York, 122 nations took a historic step when they voted to adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The Treaty filled a gaping […]

July 22nd, 2018 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature,Peace | Read More »