Pax Christi Australia

Jun
26
Wed
Course: Unmasking Violence – Reimagining the Gospel with René Girard @ St Aquinius Academy
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

René Girard has been called “the new Darwin of the human sciences”. His insights into the origins of violence are sheer gift to our modern world.

This course will be an exploration of some of his thought, with personal and global application. It will investigate aspects of human imitation which show how we are all interdependent. The consequent realities of rivalry, scapegoating, sacrifice and violence will be explored using Girard’s work in various disciplines, including literature.

Particular attention will be given to the Gospels, the discovery of which changed Girard’s life. The course will offer opportunities to apply his insights to various parts of the scriptures, particularly to the passion and resurrection of Christ. As a result of the Christ event, there is underway an evolution of human consciousness, which involves a slow but relentless growth in understanding the nonviolence of God. Girard recognised in this the call to humanity to imitate God, as seen in Jesus.

Case studies in interpreting current events in the light of Girard’s insights will provide practical features to the course. Susan draws on her life’s work in areas of Social Justice.

Nobody will be turned away simply because they cannot afford to pay. Offer a donation if you cannot pay the full registration fee.

Presenter: Susan Connelly rsj, PhD
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington St, The Rocks, Sydney
When: 4 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, June 12, 19, 26, July 3
Cost: $150/person

For further information please telephone 02 9247 4651 or email secretary@aquinas-academy.com

Please register before the course starts so that notes will be available.

Susan Connelly is a Sister of St Joseph, who taught catechetics in State school first, and was then involved in Catholic schools. She served the East Timorese people though the Mary MacKillop Institute of East Timorese Studies, supporting the Timorese people’s identity through literacy education and music.

Mindful of the implications of the Australian presence in Timor in 1942, the lack of Australian support when Timor was occupied for 24 years, and the injustices concerning the resources of the Timor Sea, she continues to advocate for the Timorese people. She is also concerned about the treatment of asylum seekers and the people of West Papua.

Susan gained a PhD studying the relationship between Australia and East Timor, using the theories of René Girard on violence, scapegoating, and the Christian imperative of forgiveness and non-retaliation.

Book Here

Please book in for both courses. There is a fee, but no money is expected if one cannot pay.

Jul
3
Wed
Course: Unmasking Violence – Reimagining the Gospel with René Girard @ St Aquinius Academy
Jul 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

René Girard has been called “the new Darwin of the human sciences”. His insights into the origins of violence are sheer gift to our modern world.

This course will be an exploration of some of his thought, with personal and global application. It will investigate aspects of human imitation which show how we are all interdependent. The consequent realities of rivalry, scapegoating, sacrifice and violence will be explored using Girard’s work in various disciplines, including literature.

Particular attention will be given to the Gospels, the discovery of which changed Girard’s life. The course will offer opportunities to apply his insights to various parts of the scriptures, particularly to the passion and resurrection of Christ. As a result of the Christ event, there is underway an evolution of human consciousness, which involves a slow but relentless growth in understanding the nonviolence of God. Girard recognised in this the call to humanity to imitate God, as seen in Jesus.

Case studies in interpreting current events in the light of Girard’s insights will provide practical features to the course. Susan draws on her life’s work in areas of Social Justice.

Nobody will be turned away simply because they cannot afford to pay. Offer a donation if you cannot pay the full registration fee.

Presenter: Susan Connelly rsj, PhD
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington St, The Rocks, Sydney
When: 4 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, June 12, 19, 26, July 3
Cost: $150/person

For further information please telephone 02 9247 4651 or email secretary@aquinas-academy.com

Please register before the course starts so that notes will be available.

Susan Connelly is a Sister of St Joseph, who taught catechetics in State school first, and was then involved in Catholic schools. She served the East Timorese people though the Mary MacKillop Institute of East Timorese Studies, supporting the Timorese people’s identity through literacy education and music.

Mindful of the implications of the Australian presence in Timor in 1942, the lack of Australian support when Timor was occupied for 24 years, and the injustices concerning the resources of the Timor Sea, she continues to advocate for the Timorese people. She is also concerned about the treatment of asylum seekers and the people of West Papua.

Susan gained a PhD studying the relationship between Australia and East Timor, using the theories of René Girard on violence, scapegoating, and the Christian imperative of forgiveness and non-retaliation.

Book Here

Please book in for both courses. There is a fee, but no money is expected if one cannot pay.

Aug
2
Fri
IPAN CONFERENCE 2 – 4 AUGUST 2019 – DARWIN @ Darwin
Aug 2 @ 9:00 am – Aug 4 @ 8:30 pm

“Australia at the crossroads – time for an independent foreign policy”

The conference is being held at a time of increasing contention between the US and China in our region with the US practising to invade islands in the South China sea using its new Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO). The US Marines claim this strategy will be difficult for China to counter. Recently the US practised this strategy by “capturing an island le Shima off the coast of Okinawa. By designing the US-Australia Talisman Sabre war exercises this year (11-24th July) to further practice this strategy off/on the coast of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef area, the US is drawing Australia into its hostile intentions aimed at China. The HMAS Adelaide and Canberra have been fitted out to support amphibious landing operations and in recent exercises, US marines have been imbeded on these Australian naval ships. In addition, the US has increased its contingent of US marines in Darwin this year to 2,500. We don’t want Australia drawn into another US war.

The future looks ominious. This issue will be addressed at the conference together with  IPAN’s National Campaign to end the stationing of US troops in Darwin.

In addition, the conference will explore:

*Why Australia needs an independent foreign policy

* The extent of foreign military facilities in Australia and their purpose

* The impact of militarism on the environment

* The cost of militarism to Australians

An impressive list of overseas and Australian specialist speakers have been engaged for the conference with plenty of opportunity for conference delegate participation.

Please find attached an advertisement for the conference which could be circulated among your members and friends.

Booking for the conference is at:

www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ipan-darwin-conf-tickets-56310347766

Some lower cost accommodation has been secured and Annette Brownlie can advise on availability and access: annettebrownlie@gmail.com

 

Aug
6
Tue
HIROSHIMA DAY REMEMBRANCE @ Blackrock Civic Hall
Aug 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

When: Tuesday August 6

Time: 7.00 for 7.30 Free Entry

Where: Blackrock Civic Hall

Corner Balcombe Rd and College Gr, Black Rock VIC 3193

 Parking Available. For Public Transport: take a train to Sandringham Station and catch 922 or 600 bus to Balcombe Road and Ebden Avenue and then walk 140 m to the corner of College Grove & Balcombe Road.

  • Commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Understand Australia’s position on the UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons
  • Learn about the effects of nuclear weapons in Central Australia and the Pacific

Speakers

Dimity Hawkins

Dimity has campaigned for years to see the abolition of nuclear weapons and is one of the founders of ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Today the Melbourne-born campaign is a coalition of non-governmental organisations in one hundred countries. In 2017 ICAN became the first Australian organisation to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

J.D. Mittman

JD Mittmann is Curator and Manager of Collections at Burrinja, the Dandenong Ranges Cultural Centre in Upwey. He has developed and toured the award-winning art exhibition Black Mist Burnt Country – Testing the Bomb: Maralinga and Australian Art which was presented at ten public galleries and museums across Australia from 2016-2019, including the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. JD Mittmann has a background in journalism, film-making and arts management. He is currently the chair of the Board of Management at Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre and since 2018 board member of the Public Galleries

Association Victoria (PGAV).

Hiromi Ikeda

Hiromi Ikeda is a Social Work post-graduate student at the University of Melbourne but grew up in the city of Kure, which is about 25 km away from Hiroshima city. She is a third generation Hibakusha- the name given to those people affected by nuclear bombings. . Her great grandfather and grandfather on her mother’s side were victims of the nuclear bomb, although her grandfather survived until the age of 70. Her grandmother on her father’s side, who passed away early this year, often recalled seeing the cloud of the bomb beyond mountains.

 

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