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Also of interest….
The Harvard Club of Victoria provides funding to up to three Chief Executive Officers of non-profit organisations based in Victoria to attend the one week Harvard Business School program Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management ("SPNM") in Cambridge, Massachusetts in July.
The 'Mission: one heart many voices' conference will be held in Sydney from 15-17 May 2017, with the aim to celebrate and identify the graces, the inspiration and the challenges of living the joy of the Gospel and God’s mission of mercy in Australia and globally.
 
The conference is for those who are inspired to strive creatively for justice, peace, reconciliation and God’s mission of mercy. It is a unique opportunity to listen, converse and experience the many and diverse voices that are an expression of the one heart of mission.
In September the Australian Catholic Bishops' Social Justice Statement was titled A Place at the Table: Social Justice in an Aging Society.  In responding to this statement the Ballarat Diocesan Social Justice Commission is asking families in the community to consider whether there might be an extra place at their Christmas dinner table for an elderly relative, friend or neighbour who may otherwise be spending Christmas Day alone.
 
This is a fantastic initiative! We hope people in all communities will consider extending such an invitation!
Fr Andy Hamilton SJ of Jesuit Social Services and Eureka Street has provided further comment on the recent statement released by the Victorian Bishops condemning family and domestic violence. Fr Andy identifies the need to build on the Bishops' statement, in the provision of support services, and in reflecting on the role of alcohol and of pornography in creating a culture within which violence can occur. 
 
Read Fr Andy's article in Eureka Street, here.

Over the next five years the Victorian Government is offering $109 million to further help up to 19,000 people at risk of or experiencing homelessness including young people, rough sleepers, vulnerable women and children, veterans and people experiencing chronic homelessness. The Government is ambitiously presenting this package as a coordinated holistic response to the various dimensions of the homelessness issue facing our state.

Rev Dr Matthew Abraham CSsR, Director General of the Catholic Health Association of India, together with Paul O'Callaghan, Chief Executive Officer of Caritas Australia and Rob Floyd, National Director of UnitingWorld will be presenting a free seminar in Melbourne on Tuesday 29 November on the theme: ‘Faith-Based Collaborations in Public Health and Development: Working together in disaster preparedness and response’. 
 
The Australian Syrian Charity is hosting a night of Eastern Carols by Candlelight praying for Australia and the Middle East, particularly refugees, on Saturday 17 December at St Charbel Village, 45 Providence Road, Greenvale. This is an evening for the whole family and will provide a wonderful opportunity for the community to join together in prayer for the many people who are suffering, particularly in war-torn areas.
Swinburne University of Technology’s 2016 Chancellor’s Lecture is on Wednesday 23 November, to be delivered by Professor Harvey Max Chochinov speaking on the topic, ‘Medical Assistance in Dying: MAID in Canada’. Professor Chochinov is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and Director of the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, CancerCare Manitoba.
In a statement released 7 November 2016, Bishop Vincent Long OFMConv has urged Australians to reject the "cruel and unnecessary measures" of the Australian government, in its recent proposal to ban any person who has arrived by boat from 19 July 2013 from being able to apply for a visa to Australia.
 
Anglicare’s 2016 State of the Family Report titled Positions Vacant? When the Jobs Aren’t There focuses on employment and is informed by Anglicare Australia's first Jobs Availability Snapshot. The findings from the Snapshot show that only 13 percent of all advertised jobs in May 2016 were at the entry level (which assumes year 10 education or equivalent).

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