Catholics In Coalition for Justice and Peace

Sunday Seminars

CCJP holds four Sunday Seminars a year in Sydney.  All are very welcome to attend.

Venue: Convent of Mercy, 6 Victoria Rd, Parramatta
Time: 10am - 12pm (including a morning tea break half-way through)
A donation of $10 is requested if able. Refreshments are provided at morning tea.

To see photos from our Sunday Seminars, visit our Photo Gallery.

Upcoming Seminars

Sunday Seminar on May 21 2017, 10am - 12 noon

Real News or Fake News: The Future of Journalism

Speaker: Dr Margaret Van Heekeren is a journalism academic with the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney. She is a founding member of the Centre for Media History, based at Macquarie University. 

Dr Van Heekeren will share her current research showing that fake news, also known as faked news and false news, can be traced to ancient times. The recent rise in the proliferation of fake news has identified social media as an enabling factor. However Dr Van Heekeren takes the view that this is, rather, a continuation of historic misuse of news channels. She argues that whilst fake news is of critical concern, it is not a death knell of journalism’s future but a cyclical warning of a need to reinvigorate quality journalism.

Join us for a stimulating seminar, panel discussion and lively conversation.

Sunday 21 May 2017, 10am to 12 noon, Convent of Mercy, 6 Victoria Road, Parramatta (enter via front gate)

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SAVE THE DATE -  Sunday July 16th - Professor Tim Flannery will be our speaker.

Recent Seminars

Feb 19th 2017: Exciting News for AGM & Sunday Seminar

Exciting news for February's Sunday Seminar and AGM

Linda Burney MP was the speaker for our 2017 AGM and Sunday Seminar. Ms. Burney spoke on the proposed changes to the Constitution and the recent Centrelink issues.

We are grateful for Linda's willingness to speak at our Semianr and share her experience and time with us.

Download an edited transcript of Ms. Burney's address


Nov 10th 2016: ACU Strathfield, Sydney - Bringing Laudato Si to Life

An update on Bringing Laudato Si to Life by Fr Sean McDonagh, a Columban Priest - a marvellous writer, film-maker and lecturer on environmental issues and the consequences for the poor, the island nations and the world.

Please find links below to podcasts and powerpoints from Fr Sean as presented at the various Sydney events he addressed between Nov 10th and Nov 12th 2016.

Powerpoint: via this link:

Podcast: via this link:


Aug 21st 2016: How inequality corrodes democracy and what we can do about it

Speaker: Professor Carmen Lawrence

After training as a research psychologist at the University of Western Australia and lecturing in several Australian universities, Dr Lawrence entered politics in 1986, serving at both State and Federal levels for 21 years, becoming the first woman Premier and Treasurer of a State government.

In 1994, she was elected as the Member for Fremantle and was appointed Minister for Health and Human Services and Minister assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women. She has held various portfolios in Opposition, and was elected national President of the Labor Party in 2004. She retired from politics in 2007. She is now a Professorial Fellow at the University of Western Australia working to establish a centre to research the forces driving significant social change.

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May 15th 2016: Housing and homelessness

Guest speaker: Adam Farrar, Senior Policy Officer, Shelter NSW

Adam Farrar is a Senior Policy Officer with Shelter NSW, the State’s peak advocate for housing justice. In May 2016, Adam spoke passionately on Housing and Homelessness at our Sunday Seminar.  His address uncovered and explained the multiple layers of consideration that surround the housing market and its impact on the poor

This Sunday Seminar also included time to workshop election strategies, sharing ideas for taking action on social justice issues in the lead-up to the election on July 2nd.

Download an edited transcript of Adam's address


Feb 21st 2016: AGM and Seminar: “Domestic Violence – There’s never an excuse”

Following our Annual General Meeting, Inga Lie, Trainer and Counsellor from the Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia, gave a talk about this important topic.  The event was also a fundraiser for RDVSA.

Downloadable event flyer


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