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Earth @ Peace Conference

Tuesday, 23 April 2019Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Earth@Peace Conference Streaming Live next Tuesday and Wednesday

The Earth@Peace project has had an exceptional response. Bookings for the April Conference closed several weeks ago. We’ve had a substantial waiting list since.

So, the Earth@Peace landmark conference will stream live on the Internet through the Earth@Peace website and Youtube channel.

Join the live broadcast from 9:00am (AEST) next Tuesday (23 April) and Wednesday (24 April) by visiting our website at www.earthatpeace.org.au.

Recordings of specific sessions at the conference will also be archived and accessible after the event by visiting the Earth@Peace website www.earthatpeace.org.au.

Join us for a memorable meeting of minds and aspirations for a just and ecologically sustainable peace.

This conference is now SOLD OUT.

Places are still available to attend the evening public events which are open to non-conference participants.

Evening Public Events (open to non-conference participants)


Forum Earth@Peace: Impossible Dream or Necessity?

Wednesday 23 April 2019, 7:30pm

Join us for an evening exploring the most critical issues of our time with leading scholars and practitioners from diverse backgrounds. Presentations will be followed by Q&A and lively conversation among panel members. The public forum will be moderated by Emeritus Professor Joseph Camilleri OAM, La Trobe University.

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Earth@Peace Cultural Evening

Thursday 24 April 2019, 7:30pm

An evening of poetry, singing, music and performance based on themes from the Earth@Peace 2019 conference. This event is organised in collaboration with the Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW). It commences with the launch of William Kelly’s Just Art exhibition, followed by a reading from Tony Birch. A choir and instrumentalists will join members of ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons), and there will be poetry readings responding to William Kelly’s artworks. Drinks and nibbles provided.

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A Just and Ecologically Sustainable Peace: The ethical imperative of our time

A Landmark Conference
Tuesday-Wednesday 23-24 April 2019
9:00am-5:30pm each day
At Pilgrim Theological College
29 College Crescent, Parkville VIC 3052

This conference will feature panel discussions, working groups, a hypothetical, and international networking. It will have a highly interactive format, with both lead-up and follow-up activities. Open to all who care for the Earth and humanity’s future, reflecting deeply on and engaging in the journey to: A Just and Ecologically Sustainable Peace.

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About the conference

Why now?
At no stage, during the 200,000 years of human evolution, has our species experienced existential threats of the scale and intensity posed by climate change and nuclear weapons. Until now…

Issues to be Addressed
Faced with the ‘globalisation of violence’ against people and nature, the key question is:

Where can humanity turn to for guidance and inspiration?

The Just War doctrine, the dominant strand in the Christian tradition and until recently, in international law, has tried to place conditions before the use of force can be deemed just. But Just War discourse is used more often to justify than to prevent or condemn war.

Yet, weapons are increasingly lethal, and civilian casualties ever greater. In any case, the ‘just war’ concept has little to say about social, economic or environmental justice, let alone the global predicament we now face.

Conscious of this, several voices in international law, the UN system, labour and social movements, academia, churches and other religious and ethical traditions are calling for a shift from ‘Just War’ to ‘Just Peace’.

What does this mean?
What are the principles that can guide this shift, theoretically and in practice?
How is peace-building to respond to the cries of the poor, but also the cries of the Earth?
How do we envision a peace that is both just and ecologically sustainable?
And what does this all mean for Australia – for:

  • the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians?
  • the way we shape our economy and environment?
  • our long-standing dependence on imperial power, military alliances, and use of force?
  • our engagement with the peoples of Asia-Pacific?

Speakers and Facilitators

Read about the Speakers and Facilitators

Conference Program

View the Conference Program

Sponsoring Organisations

Australian Research Theology Foundation Inc · Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy, University of Divinity · Ethos · Pax Christi · Social Policy Connections

This Conference is made possible thanks to the support of:

Australian Association of the Study of Religions · Borderlands Co-operative · Christian Brothers · Faith Communities Council of Victoria · Global Reconciliation · Islamic Council of Victoria · Loreto Sisters · Melbourne Unitarian Peace Memorial Church · PaCSIA – Peace and Conflict Studies Institute Australia  · Redemptorist Congregation · Religions for Peace · St Columban’s Mission Society · Trinity College Theological School, University of Divinity

For further information

Registration/venue enquiries: University of Divinity | info@earthatpeace.org.au
Media and program enquiries: Professor Joseph Camilleri: J.Camilleri@latrobe.edu.au

Websites of Sponsoring organisations
Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy (RASP): www.centrerasp.org.au
Pax Christi:  www.paxchristi.org.au
Social Policy Connections: www.socialpolicyconnections.com.au



Tuesday, 23 April 2019
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Centre for Theology and Ministry
29 College Crescent
Parkville, VIC 3052
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03 9340 8800


Gordon Preece | RASP
Gordon Preece | RASP


    • Hi Mohammed,
      Thanks for your interest in this conference.
      Up to ten (10) scholarship will be offered by Pax Christi. Each scholarship will cover the cost of registration for the two days, including the two evening public events.

      Those eligible to apply are: Indigenous Australians; Pacific Islanders residing in their home country; refugees and asylum seekers currently resident in Australia; full-time Australian students currently completing an undergraduate or postgraduate degree; young Australians aged 20 to 35 in the early stages of their careers.

      The closing date of applications was Friday 14 December 2018, however, I suggest you get in touch with the Pax Christi Secretary to ask if any scholarships remain available.

      For an application form and further details contact Pax Christi Secretary: camrita44@gmail.com.

  • Thanks for organizing this and I will be interested to attend. Will participants coming in from the Pacific be assisted with accommodation or is that something we have to find ourselves?

  • The conference program refers often to JESP but I cannot see what this acronym stands for.
    Google brings up a few candidates but none seem to be likely for this context.
    I have tried guessing, but would like to know.
    So might others who are not in on the secret.

  • my first preference is to be in working group 1.D

    my second preference is to be in working group 2.F

    Looking forward to the conference,. Cheryle Greet

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