Monday, 29 April 2013

Dale Hess - Calendar - 2013-04-29 - War and Peace, Exhibitions, Writers and Film, and morel

Until Sunday 12 May: Exhibition on Peace.  This exhibition asks the question: what is peace? It examines international, national and local efforts that seek to ensure stability and opportunities for creative collaboration in our world.’ Venue: Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne. 

Until Sunday 28 July: Exhibition:  The Enemy Within: Prisoner of War Camps and Internment Camps in Victoria. During the Second World War Victoria hosted eight Prisoner of War and Internment Camps. This exhibition explores the impacts on prisoners of war and internees who lived and worked in camps. Venue: Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne.

Mindful in May:
Elise Bialylew, who participated in the OWIC course, would like to tell you about her project Mindful in May. Mindful in May is for both beginners and more experienced meditators, aimed at bringing the benefits of meditation to you whilst improving the lives of others. The funds raised during Mindful in May will be given to Charity Water, an innovative, not for profit organisation that builds clean water wells for those in need. For further information see:

Saturday 4 May, 9 am - 11.30am: Breakfast:Fusion: an exploration of ancient Persia & contemporary Iran.
Speaker: Kristin Diemer (Sociologist and Photographer) is a co-facilitator at OASES Graduate School & research fellow at the University of Melbourne. 
The first time I travelled to Iran I was struck by marked contrast between what I saw, what I know from Persian family and friends, and what I hear in the media (both inside and outside of Iran). On this second journey, eight years later, the contrast remains but alongside it I found an emergent and vibrant fusion between ancient Persia and the contemporary world external to Iran. 

Tuesday 14 May, 6.30 pm: MAPW Dinner and Meeting: Moving Towards a Ban on Nukes. 
The next meeting of MAPW's Victorian branch is at La Notte, 160 Lygon St., Carlton. The meal costs $35 ($20 for students). The speaker will be Tim Wright from ICAN who will talk about the significance of the international conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear war held in March in Oslo.

Thursday 16 May, 8 pm:  In support of the Lake Eyre to West Papua Land and Sea Convoy for Peace and Justice
The Kinship’ brings to you a night of high quality hip-hop, strut-hop, folk-hop and any other kind of hop you can shake your booty to. It features a stellar line-up: Izzy Brown (Combat Wombat), Rachel By The Stream, Project NRT (feat. members of Pataphysics), Mattriks, Nodes. Show your solidarity and come join us for a night of epic tunes, phat beats and awesome lyricism; celebrating the infinite possibilities that open up when we work together. All proceeds go to the convoy! Thu 19th May, Doors open 8 pm - $10. The Gasometer/484 Smith St/ Collingwood. MORE INFO:

Friday 17 May, 7.30 pm: Screening of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. The film shows some of the stories of asylum seekers who arrive by boat. Amanda Bater, who has worked with asylum seekers for the past ten years, will explain the experiences of being an asylum seeker. Venue: the Parish Hall, Sacred Heart Church, 13 Fernhill Road North,Sandringham. A cup of tea and coffee will be served so we would appreciate knowing in advance if you are coming. Gold coin donation. Phone: 9598 1511 or Further information:

Sunday 19 May 3 pm to 6 pm: MAPW Fundraiser Concert. Songs for Peace, a concert with "The Sweet Nothings", Polly Christie and Andy Rigby 
Seasons Bistro, Riddells Creek, Victoria. There will also be a silent auction. If there is anything you can donate towards it please email

Tuesday 21 May, 8.30 pm: William Dalrymple: The Return of the king: the battle forAfghanistan. In 1839 The British launched an invasion of Afghanistan largely as a result of false intelligence. William Dalrymple has told the story of the first Anglo Afghan war and the subsequent "war of retribution" using Afghan sources. As well as being a great read the book draws parallels which shed light on the current situation. Venue: Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne. Cost: $20; $12 concession. Further information: Wheeler Centre

Sunday, 16 June, 1 pm Shared meal; 2 pm discussion: Resisting war to make peace.
Pax Christi invites you to hear Professor Michael Hamel Green of Victoria University who will introduce conversation around his experiences as a war resister, conscientious objector and peacemaker. N.B. Many of you have experiences to share.  Please feel free it invite others. Venue: Kildara, rear 39 Stanhope Street, Malvern. Further info: 0424 950 852.

Tuesday 16 July, 5 pm – 9 pm: An evening with Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson.
Pax Christi invites you to hear Wes Howard Brook, who teaches biblical studies Seattle University, USA, and Sue Ferguson Johnson, who is a spiritual director.  Together they run “Abide in Me Ministries”. They will speak on restoring one's sense of bonding around the earth itself, focussing on creation, to help everyone to come out of their identity with violence and empire and into a life of peace and love. The first session will be between 5 pm - 6.30 pm, then a shared meal between 6.30 pm -7.30 pm. Please bring food to share. The second session will be between 7.30 pm – 9 pm. Venue: Kildara, rear 39 Stanhope Street, Malvern. Further info: 0424 950 852.

Sunday 18 August to Wednesday 21 August:
JCMA’s 10th Winter Conference: Sorry is the Hardest Word: Forgiveness and Repentance. JCMA conferences are intended for anyone from one of the three Abrahamic faiths. Participants include men and women, academics, those working in support or welfare roles, tertiary students, and members and leaders of faith communities. Sunday Taster Opportunity:1 pm - 9.45 pm. Cost: $55. Sunday, the first day of the conference, will provide an overview of the main themes. People who unable to attend for the whole conference are welcome to come to this Sunday taster. Applications closing date: Friday 19 July 2013. Conference Centre, Pallotti College, Millgrove Melways 289 A2. An application form for registration is available from

Friday 23 August – Sunday 25 August: Pax Christi Australia National conference:
Peacemaking, an Alternative Narrative! Venue: Edmund Rice Centre, Homebush, Sydney. More details soon.

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