Earth @ Peace Conference
Tuesday, 23 April–Wednesday, 24 April
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.Register More information
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.Register More information
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.Conference Website
About the conference
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?
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Conference ProgramView the Conference Program
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
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