Lecture series: A World in Ferment – Risks and Opportunities

A World in Ferment – Risks and Opportunities
Lecture Series

Presented by:
Emeritus Professor Joseph Camilleri OAM

September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
6.00pm – 8.00pm

St Michael’s is proud to host this fascinating lecture series presented by one of Australia’s leading International Relations scholars and commentators, Professor Joseph A. Camilleri OAM.

This series aims to shed light on the critical psycho-social, economic, environmental and security challenges of our times – how they affect us personally, our life prospects, our networks and communities, Australia and the world. It will open up new ways of thinking about the past and present and new possibilities for reshaping the future.

St Michael’s Hall, 120 Collins Street, Melbourne
Tickets: $15 per lecture or $50 series pass
Bookings: http://www.stmichaels.org.au

UN International Day of Peace Conference ~ Peace Building in the Asia Pacific Rim

The UN International Day of Peace is a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace. This year’s theme is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” The day aims to highlight the importance for all segments of society to work together to strive for peace.
This conference is a partnership between 2 international organisations: The Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP), having General Consultative Status with the UN ECOSOC & the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) which has Special Consultative Status with the UN ECOSOC.

Entertainment: Destiny Affairs Ensemble, New Eastern Arts Chinese Orchestra, Sisters of Samoa.

Conference supporters: The City of Greater Dandenong, Africa Day Australia, Doves of Peace and the World Peace Prayer Society.

Key Note Address:
Professor Yeon Ah Moon on: ‘The Role of Women in Peace Building’

Anne & John Bellavance – Philosophy of Family Life: “Living for the Sake of Others”
Dr. Mimmie Claudine Ngum Chi Watts – Migrant Women, Culture and Contraception
Nkandu Beltz – Collaboration: Spaghetti and a Marshmallow
Rick McInerheney – Mastering the Mysteries of love Communication Skills

Register & pay on-line @ http://www.paypal.com/au/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=nupUlLZICQsS5NU3TeIbspoWglJDigST8nUUlUYuf1UoDGRHnTy7qb3-2Pi&dispatch=50a222a57771920b6a3d7b606239e4d529b525e0b7e69bf0224adecfb0124

Conference: A World without Weapons, a Vision and a Challenge

Pax Christi warmly invites you for their conference on 28 & 29 August.
The theme of the conference is: A World without Weapons, a Vision and a Challenge.

Following the extensive ANZAC Commemorations we seek
• To explore the possibilities and challenges of a World without Weapons, spiritually and politically.
• To hear from people who are already “living the dream.”
• To consider key challenges the issue poses for people of faith in Australia.

We feel, having done a lot of stuff around the Gallipoli Centenary the time has come to challenge to fact of war itself as part of the human DNA.

I hope you might consider joining us.

Anzac Centenary Peace Coalition’s third forum

Australia 1946 – ’76 – Responses to changing world understandings

The third forum presented by the Victorian Council of Churches and the Anzac Centenary Peace Coalition.

Date:  12th August 2015

Time:  7.30 – 9.30 pm

Venue:  Unitarian Church, Grey St East Melbourne


Confirmed speakers:

Rev Dr Sandy Yule – Uniting Church Minister and active in Student Christian movement in the late 1960’s onwards – very active in Peace building and peace initiatives, including recent peace train leading from Berlin to Busan as part of the 10th WCC forum in 2013.

Mr Michael Hamil-Green  – peace activist from the 1960’s, Convener of the online Peace Museum  . His heart is very much with this period where the third forum is about and he was imprisoned due to his activities. My own areas of experience and reflection are on the antinuclear movement from 1960-1985, and the anti conscription movement during the Vietnam War period 1964-1972.


Commemorations of Hiroshima: 70 years – Screening of “Hiroshima” (1953)

Whats on: Hiroshima: 70 Years
When: 6 August 2015 at 6:30pm
Where: Kaleide Theatre, RMIT – 360 Swanston St, Melbourne

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) invites you to a special screening of the extraordinary historical drama “Hiroshima” (1953), directed by Hideo Sekigawa. Around 90,000 Hiroshima residents performed as extras in the film, helping recreate the horrific scenes of August 6, 1945.

Because of the film’s controversial nature, it was rarely screened at the time and was only recently rediscovered and brought back to life. The film’s narrative is based on essays written by school students who survived the atomic bombing. Some half a million teachers across Japan are said to have helped finance its production.

The evening will also include a musical performance on shamisen by Noriko Tadano. Proceeds go towards ICAN’s work to achieve a global ban on nuclear weapons. Despite the catastrophic human consequences of any use of nuclear weapons, these are the only weapons of mass destruction not yet prohibited under international law. There is a growing push to change that.

Culture and War: The ANZAC Centenary Lectures

When: Wednesday 22 July 2015
Time: 6.30pm
Location: Theatre, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, cnr of Flinders and Russel St, Melbourne

The university of Melbourne hosts a series of public lectures around Anzac Centenary.
On this evening, the topic is ‘Culture and War’.

“The First World War brought great social and cultural changes to Australia. The experience of soldiers travelling internationally, the national mobilisation, the grief and loss. This forum will discuss the way in which these changes are revealed in the artwork of the period, and how art informs our understanding of the emerging Australian culture.

This discussion will draw on the exhibition Follow the Flag: Australian Artists at War showing at NGV Australia from 24 Apr 2015 – 16 Aug 2015

This event is part of the University of Melbourne ANZAC Centenary Lectures, presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria.”

For more information: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/culture-and-war-the-anzac-centenary-lectures-tickets-16230892035

Pace e Bene fundraiser and community of practice meeting

You are invited to a meeting of like-minded folk to share stories of nonviolence and peace building work in our every day lives.

I am delighted to also let you know that George Trippe will be joining us, and encouraging us with some stories and Pace e Bene news.  George is from Perth, and has been a facilitator on each NILP and has helped establish a Community of Practice for Nonviolent Living in Perth.

Here is a link to a video he and I made about Community of Practices:  http://www.paceebene.org.au./cop/


When:  Thursday 16 July.

Time:  7pm for supper and cuppas, 7:30pm for stories.  A substantial supper will be provided (vegetarian and gluten free).

Where:  Villa Maria Early Intervention Centre, Gate 4, 13 Fernhurst Grove, Kew.

We will be accepting donations on the night for the Pace e Bene Peace Fund, which supports the Nonviolent Interfaith Leadership Program (NILP).  see


Please RSVP to me, amyjfitzpatrick@hotmail.com, for catering purposes and feel free to invite anyone you think would be interested in learning more.