We are in the midst of national Anti-Poverty Week (15-21 October)
. It aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia. As part of Anti-Poverty Week, there are a number of events being hosted in Melbourne by Catholic Social Services Victoria, and our Member organisations, which aim to engage us more deeply with the challenge of poverty and our call to respond.
On Tuesday 17 October
, from 1pm - 2pm, there is an Anti-poverty week Ecumenical Prayer Service, at the St Mary MacKillop Chapel, Australian Catholic University, Brunswick St, Fitzroy. The service is organised by the Social Questions Commission of the Victorian Council of Churches. All are welcome to the service and a light snack, which follows.
Catholic Social Services Victoria is hosting an interactive lunchtime forum, 50 Years of integral human development in Catholic social teaching. At this event we’ll look back to Pope Paul VI’s ground-breaking encyclical in 1967 on The Development of Peoples, and look forward in Australia today, building on the Australian Bishops' 2017 Social Justice Statement Everyone’s Business
. This is on Thursday 19 October,
12pm to 2pm at the Cardinal Knox Centre, East Melbourne. Click here
for a flyer and more information.
On Friday 20 October
, from 11.30am-3.30pm, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand
and St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria
are hosting a forum as part of Anti-Poverty Week called 'Picking up the Pieces’. An array of speakers will discuss the consequences of increased social security conditionality and what needs to be done to pick up the pieces and disrupt cycles of disadvantage.
Venue is Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Click here
for more information. Registration is necessary.
On 17 October, we commemorate International Day of the Eradication of Poverty
. Fr Andy Hamilton SJ of Jesuit Social Services
and Australian Jesuits
has written this important article about the long, hard and challenging task of tackling poverty. "It is easy to say that the poor are always with us. No doubt we shall
never eradicate poverty totally. But poverty is neither natural,
necessary nor inevitable," he write. Read the full article, here.
If any other Member organisations have organised an event for Anti-Poverty Week, please let us know! Email us here.
For more information about organising your own Anti-Poverty Week event, or finding another event to participate in, click here.
For Anti-Poverty Week 2017 promotional material, including posters, flyers and postcards, click here.