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RESource E-News
RESource E-News

17 August 2015


In honour of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (July 30 2015) this month we are highlighting what RESource has to offer as we respond to the call to

'raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights'.

Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, 2010

What's On
ACRATH Human Trafficking PD Day Secondary Teachers

Human Trafficking in the Curriculum

Download the program.

Accreditation value: 6 hours Category C
CEOM In-service Code: 15WBS120A

Inquiries to: Carole McDonald RSM, ACRATH Regional Co-ordinator Victoria  at education@acrath.org.au.


Tour Places of Worship: Darebin Interfaith Council

Darebin City Council and the Darebin Interfaith Council would like to invite you to a guided tour to some of the key places of worship within the Darebin municipality.

Date: Thursday 27 August 2015       Time: 10:00am-4:30pm 

Location: Meet at Preston Town Hall, 284 Gower St, Preston

Venues include:

  • St Mary's Holy Spirit Catholic Church
  • Linh Son Buddhist Congregation
  • Omar Bin Al Kattab Mosque


Listening to the Land: Mornington Peninsula IFN

Our Winter Listening to the Land program includes an introductory talk, a listening walk, and a meditation. The walk and meditation will be led by Gunditjamara Elder, Uncle Lionel Lauch.

Date: Sunday 30 August 2015      Time: 2pm-5pm 

Meeting Point: Car Park around 300m from The Briars entry @ 450 Nepean Highway, Mount Martha 

Cost: The event is by donation.    Contact: Judy O’Donnell (H): 03 5974 4969 (M): 0400 088 410


Refugee Policy Australia: A Contemplative Approach

A Panel Discussion with Julian Burnside AO QC and Ken Petersen OCarm – facilitated by Peter Thomas

Proceeds towards Advocacy for Asylum Seekers

We are delighted to be joined by Julian Burnside QC, Australian barrister, human rights and refugee advocate, and author for this important discussion.

Julian Burnside is known for his staunch opposition to the mandatory detention of asylum seekers, and has provided legal counsel in a wide variety of high-profile cases.Julian was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2009, “for service as a human rights advocate, particularly for refugees and asylum seekers, to the arts as a patron and fundraiser, and to the law.”



Ken Peterson is a Carmelite with broad experience in leadership and ministry in a number of parishes. Currently Ken is a Director of the Sancta Sophia Meditation Community Warburton, working in the areas of spirituality and interfaith dialogue


Peter Thomas is a filmaker by profession. As a teacher of meditation, his eclectic knowledge is drawn from his study with the Dalai Lama in India, Thich Nhat Hanh in France and Christian monastic life in both Australia and overseas.


Date/Time: 2nd September 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: O’Connor / Pilkington Rooms, 214 Richardson St,Middle Park,VIC,Melbourne,Australia


The Qur’an and Music with Herman Roborgh

Both the Qur’an and the New Testament have much to say about Mary and Jesus. A different perspective on a familiar topic can provide fresh insights.

Date/Time: 25th August 2015, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: O'Connor / Pilkington Rooms, 214 Richardson St, Middle Park, VIC, Melbourne,Australia

Herman Roborgh, PhD (Islamic Studies, Aligarh)


Have you seen:
Have you seen this NEW unit?

Working with Caritas Australia, we have created our new unit Catholic Social Teaching.

The Catholic Social Teaching principles cover all spheres of life – the economic, political, personal and spiritual.  

Have you seen this NEW unit?
Have you seen our NEW Current Catholic Context?

Euthanasia and the Catholic Response

Have you visited the Euthanasia unit and seen the responses from the following catholic voices?

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, an American, wrote widely on the consistent ethic of life that all Christians are called to uphold. 


The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have released a video exploring the Catholic stance on euthanasia in their God So Loved the World - Life Issues Series.


The Australian Catholics Bishops Conference have also released 'Real Care, Love  and Compassion: the alternative to euthanasia'.



Fr Ron Rolheister has written on the Catholic Church's view on euthansia in his article 'Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Death'.



Dr Ray Campbell is the Queensland Bioethics Centre director.  He has written on Euthanasia and Palliative Care.



Capital Punishment: Current Catholic Context

Capital Punishment

Current Catholic Context: The Bali Nine

Despite the many international calls for mercy, the Indonesian government executed eight people, including Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.  Below is a summary of the different Catholic perspectives that were expressed in the lead up to their deaths.


Andrew Hamilton has written on the view held by Jesuit Social Services.



He has written two articles for Eureka Street, Indonesia shows its ugly side with regressive executions and 'A Wedding and an Execution'.

The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council issued their  response to the two Australians on death row in Bali's Kerobokan Prison.  



Pope Francis released an his address to the Delegates of the International Association of Penal Law.



TheMercy Campaignis a group that is made up of volunteers, including filmmakers, academics, students and volunteers, who promoted the case for clemency for Andrew and Myuran. 

Fr Nicholas Okafor discusses questions raised by the case for Andrew and Myran, is capital punishment worth being called a punishment?



 The Sydney Archdiocese reported that Indonesia Refuses Myuran Sukumaran & Andrew  Chan Their Own Spiritual Advisors in Final Hours.  


Have you seen:
Pope Francis: Say a prayer for creation

Catholics have one more thing to pray about: the environment.

Every September 1, starting this year, will be an annual day of global prayer “for the Care of Creation,” Pope Francis said on Monday.

“I wish to inform you that I have decided to institute in the Catholic Church the ‘World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation’ which, beginning this year, is to be celebrated on 1 September,” Francis said in a letter released by the Vatican.


RE-cycled: the best of your RE

Do you have a religious education lesson plan or activity that has really captured the imagination of your students?

Australian Catholics magazine is creating a space where RE teachers can share their successes with other RE teachers across the country. 

Learn more about RE-cycled here

The Euthanasia Debate


Watch the live debate between the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Most Rev Anthony Fisher and Professor Peter Singer.  They debated ‘Should Voluntary Euthanasia be Legalised?’.

Catholic Education Office