Dear CES members and friends


You are invited to a public forum to be held at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 19 October at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture


Topic - A Place at the Table – Social Justice in an Ageing Society




Kevin Vassarotti will speak on “Aspects of Aging in Society”.

Member of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing, Kevin previously served on councils of the Australian Association of Gerontology and on a number of advisory boards of NGOs in the ageing and aged care sector.


Richard Gray will speak on Challenges in Aged Care.

Richard is Senior Aged Care Advisor, Catholic Health Australia (CHA).  In his previous role as Director, Aged Care Services with CHA, Richard represented the views of the owners and operators of Catholic aged care to Government consultative committees and to Commonwealth Ministers.


Sr. Colleen Clear RSJ will speak on Reflections of Pastoral Care in Aging

Sr. Colleen is Pastoral Care Team Leader at Southern Cross Care.  After 45 years of teaching, Sr. Colleen now recruits, trains and supports volunteers for facilities in Garran and Campbell in the ACT and for Goulburn in NSW.


More information on our speakers can be found at



Genevieve Jacobs – ABC Radio


Venue: The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Corner of Kings Ave and Blackall St, Barton


Donation: If you are able to give a donation of $5 , that would assist with costs.  Supper provided.


Publicity:  Please help promote out forum by distributing the publicity flyer (attached.) 


There is no need to book just come along. 


Note: Copies of the 2016-17 Catholic Social Justice Council's social justice statement and Ten Steps Leaflet will be available for $1.50 a set



November Forum - Tuesday 8 November


Speakers: Revd Dr Graeme Garrett and Dr Jan Morgan

TopicL  “Does Beauty say Adieu?  The call of beauty in a disfigured world”.



Book Launch 12 October

Professor Ross Chambers will be launching Rev Dr Julia Pitman’s book, Our Principle of Sex Equality, at the ACC&C Chapel on October 12, 2016 from 6:00-6:30pm. 
No need to RSVP 

Click to see flyer: 

Free Lecture 12 October

Charles Sturt University Centre for Contextual and Public Theology and the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy (ISRA) invite you to a lecture by Professor Mona Siddiqui OBE FRSE FRSA DCivil Laws (Hon) DLitt (Hon).

Professor Siddiqui joined the University of Edinburgh’s Divinity school in December 2011 as the first person to hold a chair in Islamic and Interreligious Studies. She also holds the posts of Assistant Principal for Religion and Society and Dean International for the Middle-East at the University of Edinburgh.

In 2016, she is presenter of the Gifford lectures at the University of Aberdeen.

Amongst her most recent publications are: Hospitality in Islam: Welcoming in God’s Name (Yale UP, 2015), My Way: A Muslim Woman's Journey (IB Tauris, 2014), and Christians, Muslims and Jesus (Yale University Press, 2013)

Topic:  Hospitality and Inter-religious Witness

Time and Date: 7.30 pm Wednesday 12 October

Where: The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Corner of Kings Ave and Blackall St, Barton


RSVP:  Please RSVP to the co-host ISRA at RSVP

Further information wanted?  Please contact PACT programs manager Peter Walker on


Two events notified by AJPP

National Press Club talk on Tuesday 11 October

Australian Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) recommends this lecture by Professor John Dugard who is a South African international law specialist.  He has served as a UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in Palestine, is an author and a judge on the International Court of Justice.  His experiences have led him to conclude that Israel's Crimes are "Infinitely Worse" Than in Apartheid South Africa.”

Tickets to the National Press Club are usually $85, but APAN may have some still available for supporters at just $39 each.  Go to their website atAPAN

Book launch

Stuart Rees's book 'A Lover's Country' - A story of the plight of Palestinians and how love and courage overcome terrible odds.

When - 13th October at 6 pm for 6.30 pm start.

Where:  PaperChain bookstore, Manuka.

RSVP at Paperchain Bookstore or:  or  Tel no: 02 62956723



Mahboba’s Promise: benefit


Music, Yoga and Food: An Evening of Sufi Odes and Peace


This festive and exciting event is presented by Sahaja Yoga ACT with performances by Antarika and Music of Joy. Antarika is a group of young people with a passion for the poetic and powerful sounds of Qawwali.  Music of Joy is composed of over twenty musicians from many countries to share music that is uplifting and to dissolve cultural boundaries. Delicious  Afghan food will also be available in the evening.


When: 6.30-9 pm on Saturday 5 November


Where: Albert Hall


Cost and bookings: Regular - $28;  Concession - $25.     To Book a ticket:  Click here:  Bookings     


Proceeds to Mahboba's Promise, an Australian charity which looks after Afghan orphans, provides education for girls and rescues widows from destitution



 Best wishes