SPC Newsletter June 2012. Without moral vision.

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Without moral vision

By Bruce Duncan

What the world needs now, according to leading economists, is renewed moral vision. In The Price of Civilisation: Economics & Ethics after the Fall, Jeffrey Sachs blames the financial disaster on a ‘moral crisis’ of greed and hubris among US elites. He insists that capitalism will not survive without ‘prospery, social justice, and environmental sustainability’.
Click HERE to read this article in full.

 

Refocusing complex issues

Editorial by Anne Tuohey

From media accounts and the word on the street, there appears to be widespread community dismay at the state of Australian politics and the lack of meaningful public debate on critical issues. Former long-standing Federal MP, Barry Jones, in The Age (25 February 2012) rued the lack of debate about ideas.
Click HERE to read this article in full. 

 

 

Upcoming SPC forum

Kevin Peoples on Santamaria’s Salesman: Working for the National Catholic Rural Movement
Wednesday 20 June, 7:30pm
At the Study Centre, Yarra Theological Union, 34 Bedford Street, Box Hill
Entry by donation. Tea/coffee and nibbles available
“A remarkable book, shedding light on one of the most perplexing periods in our nation’s short history”, Bruce Duncan in his review on the SPC website.

End of financial year appeal

Our world is searching for ways to secure a sustainable future for later generations. Social Policy Connections is working to foster this conversation, particularly by bringing issues into focus through the lens of Gospel values and concern for universal human wellbeing. At a time when many leading thinkers are decrying the moral vacuum at the core of the financial crisis, we need to help reshape our values and civilisation.
Help us broaden the conversation about how to do this. Though we at SPC are a small network, it is the quality of our ideas and networking that can make a difference. To do more, we need your financial support. Click HERE for a donation form.

Books available from SPC

20% discount for members

sufficient for the day geoff laceySufficient for the Day: Towards a Sustainable Culture, by Geoff Lacey
$20 plus postage

Towards a Better World, by Arthur Gibbs
$15 plus postage
Arthur, an SPC member, worked as an economist.

Network Events

Towards a sustainable culture discussion series

Tuesdays 5 June to 17 July, 7pm
Borderlands, Augustine Centre, 2 Minona Street, Hawthorn
$5 per session or $25 for the series
RSVP OASES 03 9819 3502  |  info@oases.edu.au
Borderlands Cooperative hosts a series of talks on sustainable living, 
organised by Geoff Lacey, author of Sufficient for the Day.
For speakers and topics, go to Network Events on our SPC website.

Life in Palestine & Israel

A 1-hour film on one woman’s experience
Wednesday 27 June, 7:30-9:30pm
St Timothy’s Church, 21 Stevens Road, Vermont
RSVP Jenny or Margaret 03 9878 8858  |  st_timsforesthill@hotmail.com

The whole Church in mission. God’s people dispersed in the world.

A reflection on Vatican II’s decree on the Laity with Dr Peter Price
Friday 29 June, 7:30pm
Yarra Theological Union, 34 Bedford Street, Box Hill

 

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