Earth and Peace Conference

Earth & Peace Conference (23-24 April)

The Conference is open to all who care for the Earth and humanity’s future, this highly interactive Conference will comprise:

  • Presentations by leading experts setting out their perspectives on a ‘just and ecologically sustainable peace’ – they include Professor Heather Eaton (Canada), Professor Chaiwat Satha-Anand (Thailand), Professor Bruce Pascoe (Indigenous Australian);
  • Interviews and panel discussions with other leading thinkers;
  • Working Groups addressing some of the most crucial questions we face, leading to concrete recommendations for consideration by the whole conference;
  • A discussion involving 12 leaders and experts, using a "hypothetical" format, who will be asked to consider the ethical and practical implications of an Australian government attempting to apply the principles of a just and ecologically sustainable peace to our foreign and security policies.

Provisional program here.

Conference Bookings here  www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=432955& 

Closing date for Early Bird registrations:  1 March

Conference Grants

  • Up to ten (10) grants are being offered by Pax Christi. Each grant will cover the cost of registration for the two days, including the two evening public events.
  • Those eligible to apply are:  Indigenous Australians; Pacific Islanders residing in their home country; refugees and asylum seekers currently resident in Australia; full time Australian students currently completing an undergraduate or postgraduate degree; young Australians aged 20 to 35 on low incomes
  • Closing date of applications: Friday 1 March 2019

For application form and further details contact Pax Christi Secretary: [email protected].

Public Forum (23 April)

The two international keynote speakers will be joined by:

  • Behrouz Boochani, outspoken Kurdish-Iranian writer and advocate, detained on Manus Island since 2013, author of the widely acclaimed No Friend but the Mountains.
  • Sister Patricia Fox, has worked in the Philippines for 27 years, advocating land reform, culturally sensitive education of indigenous peoples, decent jobs and housing for the urban poor, freedom of political prisoners, and justice for the victims of extrajudicial killings
  • Nyadol Nyuon is a lawyer, community advocate, writer, and accomplished public speaker; arrived in Australia as a refugee from Ethiopia; passionate about social justice, human rights, and cultural diversity.

General Admission: $20 (concession: $15). Entry is by cash on the night.

Cultural Evening (Anzac Day eve, 24 April)

The event will feature a fascinating combination of poetry, singing, music and performance around the themes canvassed at the conference. The event is open to the public. Bookings: 

General Admission: $10. Entry is by cash on the night.

Art Exhibition

Leading peace artist, William Kelly, who has an international reputation, will exhibit his work (some of it in collaboration with others, including Indigenous artists). The exhibition titled Just Art will be hosted at CTM. It will run from 23 April to 7 June. The exhibition highlights the role of the visual arts in engaging with the journey to a Just and Ecologically Sustainable Peace.

Feature Film                 Details TBC

William Kelly's Big Picture

to be released in October

Special Showing

with William Kelly in attendance

April 23, 2019 at 8:30am - April 24, 2019
Pilgrim Theological College, Centre for Theology and Ministry
29 College Cres
Parkville, Vic 3052