Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Rwanda Anniversary Brisbane

As a Catholic I live with the shame and dis-grace of the complicity of my Church in the genocide of Rwanda 20 years ago. I carry this shame because the hierarchy of my Church have washed their hands like Pilate.

It is worth noting that this commemoration is not being held or even supported by the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane.In fact most Catholics live with total ignorance of their shared shame in this moment of contemporary history.

Please join me as we stand in solidarity with this community on this anniversary.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

What's Wrong With Anzac?

 The centrality of the principle to love one another, and the call to be willing to die rather than kill;

Concern about both the growing militarisation of Anzac Day, along with the exclusion of other perspectives on Australia's national formation and role in the world;

The hunger of Australians for authentic and meaningful values and experiences, which is the need behind the growth of participation in Anzac Day ceremonies;

The political use of Anzac Day to militarise Australian culture and validate engagement in foreign wars, thereby narrowing the public discussion of history and virtue and failing to acknowledge the full multicultural range of grief and losses;

The control of the RSL over Anzac ceremonies and their content;

The failure of churches to provide Christian witness and perspective in Anzac Day commemorations;

The racism explicit in the historical Anzac engagement and implicit in today's remembrance of sacrifice in foreign wars only, with no mention of the frontier war against Aboriginals or the loss and suffering in war by Australian citizens of non-Anglo ethnicity;

The need to bring forth the stories of the Anzacs themselves and those who have fought in wars since, and to focus on the lessons they have identified for us from their experiences;

The need for ceremony to grieve for all those who died or whose lives were broken by war, including all sides and civilian victims, and to recognise the impact of their loss on families and community, especially women and children who bear the brunt with devastating consequences;

The need to broaden Anzac Day into remembrance of the ongoing blight of war and to reclaim it as a people's peacemaking day;

The need to transform the energies of Anzac Day into effective peace-making.


Palm Sunday Rally for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament 2014

100 Years since the start of World War I...
And what have we learned?

No Uranium! No weapons! Stop the attack on civil liberties, refugees, the community and the environment!
Peace, Justice and Compassion NOW!

Speakers include:
  • Sam Watson, Murri Community worker- welcome
  • Stephen Keim, Barrister at Law - attack on civil liberties- “first they came for the…”
  • Senator Claire Moore, ALP- on women and peace
  • Boe Spearim, Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy- land and sovereignty 
  • chair: Robin Taubenfeld, Friends of the Earth Brisbane

Music from the Combined Unions Choir 
Plus more!

Sunday April 13
Brisbane Square - Reddacliff Place
(George Street, top of the Queen Street Mall)

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/614358275285138/

For more information:
Rally for Peace, John Kelly Mobile: 0424 765 181
Friends of the Earth Brisbane Mobile: 0411 118 737
Peace Anti-Nuclear & Clean Energy Collective:
Keep Queensland Nuclear Free Campaign:

About the photo: "Coretta Scott King and Dagmar Wilson - Coretta Scott King joins Women Strike for Peace founder Dagmar Wilson in a 1963 march. Wilson founded the organization as a dedication to eliminating the proliferation of nuclear weapons."
UPI Telephoto

Refugee Rally Brisbane

Nowhere to Run Marathon Appeal

Good Friday Vigil for Those on Death Row

Death Penalty Vigil
The Brisbane Catholic Justice and Peace Commission’s annual Good Friday death penalty prayer vigil will take place on Friday 18 April at 12 noon at Christ the King Church, Churchill Street, Graceville. 
All are welcome to join us in prayer for those on death row in Indonesia and around the world

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Celebration Day Brisbane

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Celebration Day

WHENSaturday, April 12, 2014, 5 – 10pm
VENUEChinatown Mall
China Town Mall, Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
5-10pm: market stalls
5pm: Nunukul Yuggera - dance group
5.30pm: Malu-Kiai Mura Baui - dance group
6pm: Kaylah Truth - hip hop performer
6.30pm: The Muirs - musical duo
7pm: Wirdi Binbi Aboriginal Dance Group
7.30pm: Glenn Skuthorpe - performer
8pm: Belle Flowers - vocal group
8.30pm: Getanno Bann and Band
9pm: Impossible Odds - musical group
9.30pm: Scott Campbell - performer

For more information, view the detailed schedule of events at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Celebration Day.
Come and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in Fortitude Valley with cultural dance and performance artists, markets stalls and much more

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

You Are Invited to Support L'Arche Brisbane

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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Religious Holidays 2014

Religious Holidays 2014: An Interfaith Calendar (Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim And More) (PHOTOS)

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