SPC Newsletter April 2011- Time to begin again

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New Nuclear Threats –time to begin again

Editorial by Peter Whiting
Nuclear weapons are again spreading and the risks of nuclear attacks increasing, including in Asia and the Middle East. In part, this alarming scenario is the result of the failure of the older nuclear states to honour their commitments sharply to reduce their thousands of nuclear weapons and to ban them entirely throughout the world.

In Australia, the Rudd Government in 2007 demonstrated real conviction about the need for action and took political leadership in the international forum.In September 2009 the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, a parliamentary committee with members from both houses of parliament, recommended unanimously that Australia indicate its support for a nuclear weapons convention.Yet, Government policy has been watered down more recently, with “possible” opportunities for real change now only being “explored”. Photo: “Nuclear winter”, by ‘dimboo’, flickr CC

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Ecology at the Heart of Christian Faith

Catholic Religious Victoria is proud to sponsor this event.

People around the globe have begun to recognize that we are called to a new way of being on Earth. There is a growing movement of people who are connected in a common love of Earth and its creatures, a movement of farmers, artists, school children, scientists, industrialists, politicians and religious leaders. As Pope John Paul II has said we are all being called to an ecological conversion.
Presented by Father Denis Edwards

Priest of the Archdiocese of Adelaide

Denis Edwards teaches at the School of Theology, Flinders Uni, and CTC Adelaide.

He has published a number of books on theology and science.

Saturday 7 May 2011

Veneto Club, 190 Bulleen Road, Bulleen, Victoria

Time: 10.30-3.00pm

Morning tea and refreshments will be available from 10.00am

A light lunch will be provided

Cost: $50

Please click HERE for registration details .

Enquiries can be forwarded to Christina Signorini by email clrcv@connexus.net.au

Nuclear disarmament: The great challenge

Speaking at the Social Policy Connections Forum on nuclear disarmament on 29 March, Professor Tilman Ruff, Chair of the Australian Board of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), spoke of slippage in political urgency about nuclear disarmament, and the need to revive efforts to reduce and ban nuclear weapons.

Rev Harry Kerr, Victorian Chair of the ecumenical peace organisation, Pax Christi, spoke of faith communities needing “to rediscover who the God of peace really is, and what it means to live the life of his new creation”.  He urged church groups to renew their advocacy to eliminate nuclear weapons. Click HERE to listen to the speeches, or subscribe to our audio podcast in Itunes or via RSS.

Palm Sunday Rally 

For Peace and Nuclear Disarmament

2 pm, Sunday 16 March 2011,

from the State Library, corner of Swanston and Latrobe Sts, Melbourne.

 

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