SPC Newsletter October 2012. The gift of family.

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The gift of family.

Anne Tuohey.

the gift of familyThis year’s Social Justice Statement from the Catholic Bishops of Australia is entitled The Gift of Family in Difficult Times. It describes a range of family issues which reinforce the unique contribution of families, and is a timely reminder of the many dimensions to family, including the diverse caring roles. While not surprising for a Church document, it is nonetheless disappointing that the issue of same-sex families is not discussed. Acknowledgement and respect, while not the same as acceptance, are always worthwhile first steps. To read this article in full, click HERE.

SPC Forum

Held at the Study Centre, Yarra Theological Union
34 Bedford Street, Box Hill
Tea/coffee and snacks provided afterwards

Critical planning issues facing our city
and the liveability of Melbourne

Kevin O’Connor

Professorial Fellow Urban Planning University of Melbourne

Wednesday 24 October 7pm

kevin o'connorHow do we really relate to the city of Melbourne? Kevin O’Connor argues that there are in fact five distinct Melbournes – the inner city, and, fanning out from the centre, areas in the east, west, north, and south. Why, then, do we maintain a monocentric view of our city, and what is wrong with this approach? For a flyer for this event, click HERE.


National Council of Churches: Peace in the Marketplace

market africaPeace in the marketplace challenges us to reflect on and advocate for ways to promote change in our current world economic situation. This document is a valuable resource for anyone interested in social justice, particularly as it relates to economic policy. Quoting from the scriptures and from significant church, political, and community leaders, Peace in the Marketplace provides perspectives which challenge the status quo. Available from the National Council of Churches HERE. To read this article in full, click HERE.

Photo Market in Mopti, Mali,West Africa Emilio Labrador, flickr cc.

Philip Blond’s ‘Big Society’ ideas

people over profitExtolled by its creator as a panacea for society’s ills is UK theologian and philosopher Philip Blond’s idea of the Big Society. In a world struggling with the polarities of wealth and poverty and a sense of impending doom, the concept of A Big Society suggests that at centre stage should be society rather than the economy. Blond’s ideas contain some thoughtful insights; readers may be interested in contributing to the analysis, and we welcome your comments. To read this article in full, click HERE.

Photo Susan Hect Boston GS Protest americans4financialreform, flickr cc


Books available at SPC

NEW! Social Justice: Fuller life in a fairer world by Bruce Duncan.
$35, or $28 for financial members, plus $5 postage and handling.

Sufficient for the Day: Towards a Sustainable Culture by Geoff Lacey. $20 plus postage.

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

Social Justice studies

Serious about social justice?

Consider study at the MCD University of Divinity and Yarra Theological Union on issues of the Bible and justice, human rights, war and peace, medical ethics, etc. For further information, click HERE.

Network events

Human Rights Matters! Conference
human rights matters conference




Wednesday 17 October 8:30 for 9:15am-5pm
Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne
To apply for bookings, click HERE.
Keynote Speakers. Dr Cassandra Goldie ACOSS Can we still be called the lucky country?  |  Beth Wilson Victorian Health Services Commissioner Human rights in relation to health |  Mark  Zirnsak Human Trafficking  |  Dr John Falzon St Vincent de Paul Learnings & possibilities. For the flyer for this event, click HERE.


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