Hopes & tasks for 2013.

We extend our thanks to all our members and supporters who have encouraged us at Social Policy Connections to continue our efforts during 2012 to energise debate and action fo growing justice in our nation and our world. We endeavour to keep expanding the conversation and encouraging everyone to contribute where he or she can. To read this article in full, click HERE.


Tough times challenge the Christmas message

By Bruce Duncan

Each generation faces difficult times. Yet the challenges facing us are altogether unique: the fate of future generations is in our hands because of climate change. Worldwide CO2 emissions are reportedly increasing more quickly than expected, and global warming could rise much more than the 2-degree increase in temperature that United Nations organisations had urged as an upper limit. To read this article in full, click HERE.

Photo Christmas Gujarati Style by Meanest Indian, flickr cc

Help support SPC

SPC relies entirely on donations to continue and expand the conversation about social justice and advocacy

You can help by making a donation in one of these ways…

  • Send your cheque or money order to our office at PO Box 505, Box Hill, Victoria 3128
  • Make an online transfer to Social Policy Connections Inc, BSB 083159, Account 792617040, referencing your last name and phone number
  • Donate by credit card, using our DONATE FORM

Social Justice studies

Serious about social justice?

Consider study through the Colleges of MCD University of Divinity, including Yarra Theological Union at Box Hill, United Faculty of Theology, Catholic Theological College, and Whitley College.

Undergraduate and Masters courses include:

  • Justice in the Bible & in Church Traditions
  • Issues of War & Peace
  • Philosophy of Justice
  • Medical Ethics
  • Human Rights
  • Indigenous Issues
  • Ethics of Economics & Development
  • History, Mission, Leadership
  • Inter-Religious Dialogue & Spirituality

For further information, see http://mcd.edu.au/ and http://ytu.edu.au/.

Books available at SPC

NEW! Social Justice: Fuller life in a fairer world
by Bruce Duncan
$35, or $28 for financial members of SPC,
plus $5 postage and handling.
Outlines social justice in the Scriptures, how later generations lived these values, and issues today of the economic crisis, equity, global poverty, hunger, climate change, peace, and indigenous issues. It highlights the contributions of Frederick Ozanam, Barbara Ward, Rosemary Goldie, Helder Camara, Joseph Cardijn, and Aboriginal activist ‘Mum Shirl’. Download an order form HERE.

Sufficient for the Day: Towards a Sustainable Culture
by Geoff Lacey. $20 plus postage.
Geoff Lacey has something new and important to say about the roots of the environmental crisis and the way forward. His combination of deep reflection and practical attention to problems provides a much-needed corrective to a sustainability debate dominated by narrow economic perspectives. Paul Mees, Senior Lecturer in Planning at RMIT. Download an order form HERE.

Towards a Better World by Arthur Gibbs. $15 plus postage. An SPC member, Arthur worked as an economist. Towards a Better World is a cautionary tale of what can happen when world leaders and corporations jump on an ideological bandwagon with little reflection about the long-term consequences for all. Anne Tuohey. Download an order form HERE.



Faith, values, & social policy

By Bruce Duncan

At a public forum following SPC’s 7th Annual General Meeting on 21 November 2012, Bruce Duncan CssR spoke on Faith, values, & social policy, how faith perspectives bear on values in society, and could help social policies to address major issues of equity, social justice, and climate change. He began:

“Our topic is a complex one, reflecting themes deep in our history over many hundreds of years. The issues were often contentious, dealing with the role of religious groups in society, particularly the churches, their views about human values, their relationships with civil society, governments, and debates over social policy. The cultural accommodation to these various pressures in our increasingly secular societies has been to pressure religiously-inspired voices out of the public forum, nd to privatise their views and activities. But many religious traditions resist this pressure, and claim a right to engage in the public forum in debates about values and social policies in general. Social Policy Connections is  one such group that seeks to draw from our faith traditions’ core values to enhance people’s lives, and to help address social issues.”

To read the full text of this talk, click HERE.
To listen to the podcast of this talk in full, click HERE.

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Fr Bruce Duncan C.Ss.R
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