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The City of Melbourne has had a long history of responding compassionately to homelessness in the CBD. Along with many others in this sector, Catholic Social Services Victoria believes the best response to homelessness is housing and that a range of other responses exist to manage the crisis, which don't involve laws or bans. The Council to Homeless Persons has provided a variety of information and resources, including a video resource and list of “10 things Melbourne Council could do instead of homeless bans”. Click here to view these resources.

10 years since the Federal Government Intervention and everyone needs to remember that we experience the failings of that invasion every day."
Yingiya Mark Guylua MLA, Independent member of Nhulunbuy and Elder and spokesperson of the Yolŋu Nations Assembly 
From his recent Open Letter to the Northern Territory Government: Genuine outcomes for Yolngu communities, June 1st 2017.

June 21st marks ten years of NT INTERVENTION. 

Please find invitation attached to attend this important  forum in Melbourne on June 29th and consider passing this invitation on to friends and peers as requested below.

Click here for flyer. 

Anthony McCarthy’s moving presentation speaks from a personal perspective about the challenges and the imperatives of overcoming stigma of AIDS.

Anthony worked at Catholic HIV/AIDS Ministry with Marg Hayes for 10 years until late 2016, and did so without disclosing his HIV status in all that time.

Click here to watch Anthony's speech.

Friday 23 June: 5pm - 6.30pm
Listening to Pope Francis: Challenging Nationalism, Market Rule & Overconfidence in Technology. 

Friday 24 June: 10am - 1PM
Pope Francis & the Common Good: Where is our society going? - A seminar exploring current trends and the contribution of Catholic Social Teaching.
The Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy presents its inaugural Annual Address: END OF LIFE CHOICES, a CONVERSATION between world-renowned bioethicists.
PROFESSORS PETER SINGER- Princeton University & The University of Melbourne & MARGARET SOMERVILLE - University of Notre Dame, Sydney & formerly McGill University, Montreal.
Freedom Stories provides a welcome respite from the hysteria surrounding asylum seekers, taking a considered and poignant approach to the lives and achievements of former ‘boat people’ who now call Australia home. Award-winning documentary maker Steve Thomas (Hope) explores the stories of people who arrived from the Middle East around 2001, some just children at the time. 
In this Eureka Street article by Frank Brennan SJ, CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia, he explains that Tuesday evening’s Budget announcement provides an opportunity for the government to “create a clear narrative as to how it will achieve equitable and sustainable growth”.
"This year's Budget is an opportunity for government to commit itself to mutual respect, equality and a fair go for the present generation of 'haves' and 'have nots', and for future generations whose financial burdens will be eased should the deficit be reduced and should growth be sustained.”

ARCIC (the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission) was established in 1967 and has just published five agreed statements with commentaries from ARCIC II (1983–2005). The lecture will review their significance in the light of ecumenical progress since Vatican II and propose future priorities for theology, dialogue, church leadership and local pastoral activity.

Denis Edwards is a Professorial Fellow in Theology at Australian Catholic University and a priest of the Archdiocese of Adelaide. He has served on the Roman Catholic dialogues with both the Anglican Church in Australia and the Lutheran Church of Australia and has conducted research in the Theology of Receptive Ecumenism.

In addition to the 17,000+ volunteers that contribute to the work of our member organisations, Catholic Social Services Victoria, as a peak body, relies on volunteers for some of our advocacy and organisational work. We would be much less productive, and less effective, without volunteer input on our committees and working groups, in organising our forums for parishes and agencies, in drafting our various advocacy papers, etc.  We are in their debt.
We currently have a vacancy for a volunteer to assist with our parish support work.
We'd like to say thank you to one of our volunteers, Adrian Foley, a grandfather of seven, and a keen farmer, photographer and explorer! Adrian has been volunteering in the community since 2014, in a variety of roles - with Catholic Prison Ministry Worship and Hospitality Team, CatholicCare Melbourne, the Horn of Africa Community Network, the Melkite Catholic Church and in criminal justice advocacy. He believes volunteering can "transform your life"!

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