Non CES Organized Events

Below are details of events and activities broadly dealing with issues relating to social justice and ethics that may be of interest to some CES members and supporters. Please note that these are non CES organized and managed events and not necessarily CES endorsed.

Some of these are past events, but the links may still be of interest.

See the home page for any forthcoming events

PUBLIC FORUM arranged by the ACCC and the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network, 23rd September 2014

Tuesday 23rd September 2014, 7.30pm
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall St, Barton
Speaker: Arda Aghazarian, an Armenian Palestinian Christian from Jerusalem

For further information: Ros Harper
Flyer with further details of the event
Information on Arda Aghazarian's speaking tour

Refugees: A faith-filled response? 20th September 2014

6:30pm-8pm, Kippax. Details
Also a training workshop the following day

presentation by Jane Keogh on refugees: 20 August 2014

The Archdiocesan Commission for Women invites you to a presentation by Jane Keogh, a Brigidine Sister living in Canberra. She is a refugee advocate and volunteer. Jane has visited Baxter Detention Centre (99 times) and has worked with asylum seekers who were in Woomera, Curtin, Villawood and Nauru. She knows many refugees personally. She knows their stories. The presentation will be held at the Rheinberger Centre, Yarralumla on Wednesday 20 August at 7:30pm. Men and women are invited to attend. A $5 donation would be appreciated to cover costs. Enquiries to Judy Netting 6278 4163 or 0400 766 784.
Flyer with more details

For the sake of humanity: 13 August 2014

The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture will host a multi-faith service for those who are suffering in the Middle East. It is being held in conjunction with the Canberra Interfaith Forum and the ACT Council of Churches. It will held on Thursday 7 August at 6pm in the Chapel of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton.

MH17 multi-faith memorial service: 7 August 2014

The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture will host a multi-faith memorial service for all those lost on MH17 flight over Ukraine. It is being held in conjunction with the Canberra Interfaith Forum and the ACT Council of Churches. It will held on Thursday 7 August at 5.15pm in the Chapel of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton.

"A world for all? The new politics of global civil society" Professor Will Storrar, 9 July 2014

Speaker: Professor Will Storrar
When: 7.30pm, Wednesday 9 July 2014
Where: Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture,
Corner Blackall St and Kings Av, Barton
Further information

Professor William Maley, who spoke at one of our forums last year, will be speaking at two events in the next few weeks. He is the Director, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, ANU, and has written widely on refugees and refugee policy.

Refugee Action Committee public meeting - 6pm, Saturday 28 June 2014

Join groups and individuals from around Canberra for a mass protest meeting to vote on a motion which will be presented to Parliament.

6pm, Saturday 28 June
Llewellyn Hall, Childers St. ANU
Speakers include:

Further information

Refugee Week public meeting - 7:30pm, Saturday 21 June 2014

Saturday 21 June at 7,30pm in the Community Centre, below the St John the Apostle Church, on the corner of Chave and Blackham Streets, Kippax.

The meeting is organised by the Refugee Resettlement Committee (RRC). It is part of Refugee Week

Pontius Pilate revisited: Washing one's hands of refugees - Monday, 19 May 2014

The parable of the Good Samaritan is often invoked in discussion of refugee issues, but in the times in which we are living, Pontius Pilate seems to be the more popular role model. In this lecture, Professor Maley discusses some of the bases of responsibilities towards refugees on the part of states and their agents, explores some ways in which contemporary state practice in Australia is devoted to finding ways of avoiding the discharge of such responsibilities, and shows how it is inspirational and innovative individuals, rather than agents of the state, who often played the most critical roles in assisting those who face a dire threat of persecution.

Speaker/Host: Professor William Maley, ANU
Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre Building, corner Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU
Date: Monday, 19 May 2014
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Enquiries: Colette Gilmour on 6125 4357

TEAR forTomorrow launch - Monday 10th March 2014

TEAR Australia invites you to the launch of our new campaign forTomorrow.

In scripture we read of a better tomorrow, a tomorrow of justice, hope and peace.

Inspired by this vision, TEAR's new forTomorrow campaign seeks to encourage Australian Christians to raise their voices in solidarity with women suffering poverty and injustice around the world.

In Newcastle, Sydney and Canberra we have launch events featuring international guest speaker Lynne Knight from TEAR's Partner Family Impact in Zimbabwe. TEAR Australia's National Director, Matthew Maury, will also be sharing.

Please come along to a forTomorrow launch near you as together we seek a better tomorrow.

7.30 - 9.30pm, Monday 10th March, 2014
St Matthews Anglican, 28 McBryde Cres, Wanniassa

Further information, including location map
Events in other locations

Launch of the book In the Absence of Treaty

CORE (Committee on Racial Equality - a group of concerned citizens in Canberra) would like to invite you to a launch of the book In the Absence of Treaty by Michele Harris

The Co-op Bookshop ANU, Building 17, Union Court, Australian National University Canberra, Thursday, 6 February 2014, 5.30pm for 6pm

Speakers: Graeme Mundine John Falzon

RSVP: email or call Digby Habel on 02 6253 0003

Further information

Rethinking Environmental Futures in Asia and the Pacific

This conference will be held at the Australian National University on Thursday 14th November and Friday 15th November. Further information | Programme

Launch of Anglicare's latest State of the Family report: Paying Attention

Anglicare would like to invite you to the launch of Anglicare Australia's 13th State of the Family report, Paying Attention.

The report will be launched at the start of Anti-Poverty Week on Sunday 13 October, beginning at 12 noon at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton. Refreshments will be served.

Anglicare Australia is a major sponsor of Anti-Poverty Week and each year during the Week, Anglicare Australia releases a set of essays under the banner of our State of the Family report.

This year, the collection of essays from across the Anglicare network investigates why and how agencies can best work with people living in poverty and hardship. Working with thoughtfulness, drawing on a faith base; paying attention to small details, as well as facing large dilemmas; recognising courage in others - these are the strengths that emerge in Anglicare organisations. At heart, however, when it works well it is because of our shared need for a meaningful life.

New Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Bishop Stephen Pickard, will host the event. The publication will be launched by presenter of ABC's Ethics and Religion Report, Andrew West, and key essayist, Samaritans Foundation CEO, Cec Shevels.

If you are able to attend the launch, pls RSVP by COB Wednesday 9 October to

Further information here

John Cook : A Christian view on global warming

John Cook co-authored with Dr Hayden Washington (who spoke at our forum in October 2011) the book, "Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand". He has recently given a presentation - see Climate Change and the Weightier Matters: a Christian view on global warming. See here for more information.

Referendum to acknowledge Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Read here about the proposal to change Australia's constitution to include recognition of Indigenous Australians

Responding to homelessness in the ACT

Read here about the submission of Project Safe Shelter to the inquiry of the Standing Committee on Health, Community and Social Services into social housing.

Climate Change - Insights, Issues and Implications, Friday 16 August

We should care, because the impacts of climate change will have a significant impact on our planet, and our children and our children's children will be left to manage the damage.

Our forum will present two world-recognised expert speakers to bring us their insights, and the issues and implications of the impact of climate change:

When: 7.00 pm Friday 16 August 2013
Where: Tuggeranong Uniting Church,
Comrie Street, Wanniassa
Speakers: Associate Professor Janette Lindesay, ANU
Anna Rose, ANU

Inquiries: Cathy Rossiter, 0439 645 475
Further information here

Service of Lament for Asylum Seekers, Thursday 15 August

Please join with other Australians in a Service of Lament to express our shared frustration and disappointment at the failure to find a humane response to the plight of asylum seekers.

When: 5.30-6.30 pm Thursday 15 August 2013
Where: Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture,
Cnr Blackall Street & Kings Avenue, Barton

We cannot simply stand by and watch our fellow human beings treated with such indignity. This is our opportunity to show the depth of our concern for those seeking refuge from persecution and war.

For more information contact: or 6272 6203 OR
flyer (pdf, 269 kB)

Election forum on Australian aid, Wednesday 14 August

Come along to listen to and grill the ACT candidates on aid issues at the 2013 Election Canberra Aid Forum. With the Federal election just around the corner there's never been a better time to attend an electoral forum and hear what our political leaders have to say about the future of overseas aid and Australia's responsibility in tackling global poverty.

When: 6.00-7.30 pm Wednesday 14 August 2013
Where: (CHANGED) Molonglo Theatre, Level 2,
JG Crawford Building (Building 132), Lennox Crossing, ANU

Free, but registration required. Further information here, or or 02 6125 7922

Reflecting before voting: Galong, Sunday 14 July 2013

An ecumenical forum to reflect on the major issues facing society in the lead-up to the September federal election will bring together leading lights from around the Archdiocese. The speakers at St Clement's in Galong on 14 July will include refugee advocate Sr Aileen Crowe, FMM, and Cootamundra Aboriginal elder Bob Glanville. Canberra Uniting Church minister Rev Gordon Ramsay will discuss the needs of the disadvantaged and Canberra Anglican priest Rev Pamela Phillips will speak about climate change and environmental policies. The forum runs from 1.30pm to 4pm. Contact 6380 5222 or


organized by ‘Welcome to Australia’, in association with ‘Amnesty International Australia’ (ACT/Southern NSW).
The Walk begins 1.00pm on Saturday, 22 June at Reconciliation Place (Between National Library of Australia and High Court of Australia) finishing at Stage 88 at Commonwealth Park with a celebration concert at 2pm.
Walk Together is a major event to mark and celebrate World Refugee Day and Refugee Week. On that day, Walks Together will take place in 15 cities across Australia.
Enquiries: Scott Lambert, ACT AIA - REFUGEES  
See also:

St Thomas More Forum: "The Truth Will Heal", Francis Sullivan

Title: "The Truth Will Heal"
Place: St Thomas More Hall, 30 White Crescent, Campbell, 2613
Date: Saturday June 22, 2013
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm (Followed by drinks and a light supper)
Online Registration: $12 General Entry $5 Student/Concession
Further information

Homelessness: It's About You: Can we halve homelessness in Canberra by 2020?

The St Vincent de Paul Society will hold a forum on homelessness at the ANU on 6 June 2013.

As Canberra celebrates its Centenary, homelessness remains a key civic challenge. A part of the Centenary of Canberra, the forum raises the profile of poverty and homelessness in our community. Can we find new solutions and new approaches by looking afresh at homelessness in Canberra? Further information

Dr Mona El Farra Talks - 28 & 29 May

Dr El Farra is the Vice President of the Red Crescent Society for the Gaza Strip.  She is involved in developing community-based programs that aim to improve health quality and link health services with cultural and recreation services all over the Gaza Strip.

She is speaking at:

Pilgrim House at 7:30pm on 28 May (details here)

ANU at 5:30pm on 29 May (details here)

See also the home page of Australians for Justice and Peace in Palestine

Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility

This is a new association that aims to facilitate shareholder engagement and advocacy to promote justice and social change. The documents linked below give more background and include an invitation to come to the public launch.
The public launch will be held at the ACT Legistlative Assembly on May 29, 2013 at 12:15pm - 1:30pm.

invitation to come to the public launch | more information

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

A film for everyone. Come along, and bring a friend who wouldn't normally watch a film about 'boat people'.

When: 2pm - 4pm Saturday 16th March 2013

This is the film that Tony and Julia don't want you to see.

For more information, see here

Freilich Lecture: Robin de Crespigny: The People Smuggler

Robin de Crespigny will discuss her first book The People Smuggler : the true story of Ali al Jenabi, the 'Oskar Schindler of Asia'

Tuesday 5th March 2013, 5.30- 6.30pm
Sir Roland Wilson building
McCoy Circuit ANU

For further information
T: 61 (02) 6125 5527
No reservations are required

Clyde Cameron Memorial Lecture

When: 9am-1pm, Saturday 13 October. 2012
Where:University House Hall, 1 Balmain Cres, ANU
Speakers: Prof John Bannon & Dr Terry Dwyer
Topic: "Wage Justice & Income Disparity: The Cameron Principles"
Further Details:  poster (pdf, 144kB)
Information or to book: (02) 6254 1897 or email or website

The Future of Homo sapiens

A Manning Clark House conference in honor of Phillip Adams

Keynote address by Phillip Adams: Homo sapiens: where-to now?

Talks by leading scientists, intellectuals, philosophers, theologians, economists, politicians and lawyers

8:30 to 20.30, Tuesday, 9th October, 2012; Lower Ground Floor
National Library of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T.
Bookings : Ph. 61 (02) 6295 1808
Adult $55, MCH member $45, Students $7
Further information here. Flyer (pdf, 55kB) here

Forced Adoptions - Do public apologies help?

Public Forum followed by refreshments and informal discussion.
When: Monday 10th September 2012 at 7.30pm
Where: St Ninian's Church Hall. Cnr Mouat and Brigalow Streets, LYNEHAM.
SPEAKERS: Contact Ph:6251 2272
Here is a flyer (PDF, 115kB)

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change activities


Youth Climate Embassy

As the nation debates the short-term costs involved in legislation to tackle climate change, the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) is highlighting the needs of future generations who have no voice in today's debate. ARRCC invites those interested to visit or join a Youth Embassy for intergenerational justice on the lawns of Parliament House, Mon. - Thurs. June 25th - 28th 2012 (incl.) 9 am - 4 pm.

It would be great to have a good crowd around the Embassy when we hold our Press Conference at 11.30 am Tuesday June 26th.

The main aim is to draw the attention of Australians to the need for a safe climate future for the children/grandchildren of the world and future generations, particularly people in developing countries. The timing is for the lead-up to the implementation of the Clean Energy Future legislation on July 1st, when the media focus will be on the costs of taking action.

So far we have been inviting from people under the age of 25, to send in their views in written or creative formats to: They can also put their views on site at the Embassy.

Peace Pole ceremony

As part of the Youth Embassy vigil, Canberra Interfaith Forum plans to hold a Peace Pole ceremony. Gathering around a Peace Pole people would listen to youth sharing their view on care for creation. The ceremony is planned for 3 - 4 pm on Tuesday June 26th.

Peace in Parliament and harmony with earth and with each other, essential ingredients for the future of our Lucky Planet as we debate the implications of the Clean Energy Future legislation.

Please e-mail Terry Quinn at to register your interest in participating in the Youth Embassy Peace Pole Ceremony.

Interfaith Forum

The finale of the Youth Embassy will be on Thursday June 28 2012 6.30 - 8.30 pm, a public Interfaith Forum on the question of intergenerational justice.

Speakers: Rev. Professor James Haire, youth speakers from a number of faith backgrounds. Some of the short video contributions from youth will also be shown on the night and a brief whimsical musical performance is planned.

When: Thursday, June 28 2012 at 6.30 - 8.30 pm
Venue: Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall St, Barton.
Cost: donations welcome
Contact person: Thea Ormerod
Ph: (02) 9150 9713
M: 0405 293 466

Public Forum - "Living with drugs: fostering a safe, open and rational society"

Organisation: Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform
Activity Date: Thursday, 21/06/2012

Professor Nicholas Cowdery, AM, QC, Former Director Public Prosecutions, NSW spoke on living with drugs: fostering a safe, open and rational society. Note - this was not a CES event.

An audio of the whole forum is here (address) (Q&A) and a transcript of Professor Cowdery's address is here

Reconciliation Week seminar: Rights and Recognition: From Native Title to the Constitution

Speakers: Mick Dodson AM, and Masepah Banu

In this seminar speakers Professor Mick Dodson and Masepah Banu will discuss how Native Title is changing lives in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. They will also consider the next step in the 'rights agenda', the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution. Note - this is not a CES event. For more information please download the seminar flyer:
Rights and Recognition: From Native Title to the Constitution.

Medical Association for Prevention of War (ACT) dinner

When: Tues Feb 28 2012, 6.30 for 7 pm
Where:Brassey Hotel, Barton
Guest Speaker:Professor Marilyn Lake, Professor of History at La Trobe University
Topic: "What's Wrong with ANZAC? The Militarisation of Australian History"
Cost:$75 for 2 course meal with tea and coffee
Bookings:by Thursday Feb 23, to Maureen, on 6249 7824 or
Further Details:  poster (pdf, 118kB)

Clyde Cameron Memorial Lecture

When: 9am-1pm, Saturday 19 November 2011
Where:University House, 1 Balmain Cres, ANU
Keynote Speaker: Prof Frank Stilwell
Topic: "Land, Social Justice and Sustainability"
Further Details:  poster (pdf, 209kB)

Public Lecture on Social Justice

When:     6:30pm, Friday 18 November 2011

Where:     National Library, Canberra

Speakers:   Father Frank Brennan,  Professor Jon Altman

Further Details:  poster (pdf, 64kB)

Kathy Kelly, peace activist, visiting Canberra

Kathy Kelly, an American peace activist who has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize, will be visiting Canberra the week after next. She will speak at the Australian Catholic University on "The Inventiveness of Nonviolence, a Gospel Perspective".

Kathy has invested her life in search of non-military solutions to end wars, often at great personal cost. Kathy has lived in war zones, sharing the dangers with civilians in Nicaragua, Gaza, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The link to the website for her visit, which is being sponsored by Pace e Bene is

When: 5.30pm, Wednesday 2 November 2011
Where: Australian Catholic University, Signadou Campus, 223 Antill St, Watson ACT
Speaker: Kathy Kelly
Topic: "The Inventiveness of Nonviolence, a Gospel Perspective"
Further Details:  poster (pdf, 582kB)  

"New Perspectives on Ecology and Sustainable Forest Management"

When:      530pm Tuesday  7 June 2011

Where:     Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Canberra

Speaker:   Professor David Lindenmayer, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU, Australian Academy of Science


"Senior Years be Prepared - Legal Housing and Safety Issues" - St Ninian's Uniting Church

When:        10:00 to 12:00 am Wednesday 15 June 2011
Where:       St Ninian's Uniting Church Cnr Mouat & Brigalow Sts Lyneham
Speakers:  Heather Cox, Helen Taylor and Helen Judd