The paradox of religion in Australia

Editorial by Bruce Duncan
Attitudes to religion and faith in Australia confront us with a curious paradox. On the one hand, the dominant culture appears strongly secular, especially as it is reflected in some of the media.
Yet religious organisations and groups play an extraordinary role in education, health care and hospitals, disability groups, social services and myriads of community networks, encouraging volunteering and charitable activities of all types.
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Help shape the agenda!

Social Policy Connections invites you
to a Consultation on Election Priorities 2010

You are warmly invited to join this consultation on SPC policies and priorities
10am – 1 pm, Saturday 20 March
at the Study Centre, Yarra Theological Union
98 Albion Rd., Box Hill. Best entry via 34 Bedford St. Click HERE for directions
Please RSVP by Friday 19th 3pm: 9899 4777 or

Exodus Community in West Heidelberg

calls for better housing Exodus Community consists of a group of religious personnel and lay people living and working at West Heidelberg for the past 13 years. With their long experience of life there, Sr Sally Bradley RSM has appealed for urgent action to tackle the acute lack of public housing. You will find her letter on the SPC website.

ABC will feature SPC’s forum on

Pope Benedict’s recent encyclical

Melbourne’s Anglican Archbishop Dr Philip Freier, Dr Rufus Black, Master of Ormond College, and Ms Julie Edwards, CEO of Jesuit Social Services responded to Pope Benedict’s encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, in a public forum in November 2009. It was organised by SPC and the Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy. ABC Radio National will feature the forum on its ‘Encounter’ program on 28 March.
If you would like to listen to the SPC podcast click HERE. If you would like to subscribe to the SPC podcast in an RSS feed click HERE , or click HERE subscribe to the SPC podcast in itunes

New items on the SPC website Lewis continues his series on moral decision making
Bill Frilay’s presentation to the ICAN consultation on nuclear disarmament in February
Report on NT intervention into indigenous issues
Podcast of responses to Pope’s social encyclical

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