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Organization: Australian Catholic Social justice Council, ACSJC
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

The ACSJC is the national social justice agency for the Catholic Church in Australia.  The main progress has been a deeper awareness in the members and communities of our constituency of the need to develop and maintain a culture of peace and active nonviolence.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

During the first half of the decade, there was interest and participation within both our constituency and our networks.
Now, other issues are taking away the focus.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

One of the main activities of the ACSJC is the publication of the annual Social Justice Sunday Statement and associated thematic works.

In 2004, the theme was culture of peace.  Publications included: Social Justice Sunday Statement 2004:
Peace be with you -   Cultivating a Culture of Peace,
Ten Steps Towards Cultivating a Culture of Peace,
Prayer Card,
2004 Social Justice Calendar.

Summary: Peace be with you - Cultivating a Culture of Peace.
 The Statement invites the reader to consider the cultivation of peace in one's own heart, in one's family and in the community.  One starts to cultivate peace where one can.
 The Statement counsels continuing development of a peaceful culture in Australia through reconciliation with Indigenous Australians, development of ecumenical and interfaith dialogue and prayer, and the spread of true democratic and multicultural values.
 The Scriptures and Catholic Social Teaching call on Christians to be vocal and active in the cause of peace and human rights.
 The Statement says that governments, multinational business, the rich and powerful, need to be reminded that it is unacceptable that people continue to be denied the right to live in dignity and peace.
 The Statement concentrates on four areas: Reconciliation with Indigenous Australians, Democracy and Multiculturalism, Poverty in Australia and Overseas and Peace is Possible – Peace is our Duty.

Summary: Ten Steps Towards Cultivating a Culture of Peace.
 This leaflet suggests steps that we, as individuals and as members of our families, schools, parishes and local communities, can take to cultivate a culture of peace.
 The Ten Steps:
1. Becoming Informed
2. Knowing the Resources
3. Surfing the Net
4. Working for Peace
5. Starting the Journey Towards Inner Peace
6. Cultivating Active Non-Violence as a Way of Life
7. Participating in Family and Community Peacemaking
8. Building Relationships of Peace
9. Being Peaceful Caretakers of our Planet Earth
10.Praying

Summary: 2004 Social Justice Calendar.
The Social Justice Calendar focused on the theme of cultivating a culture of peace.  It included information on particular days and events, reflection, prayer and action materials and some website addresses from which to gather  further information.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?


PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

The National Council of Churches of Australia Program: Decade to Overcome Violence.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?


Postal address of organization

PO Box 1615
North Sydney, NSW 2059
Australia

E-mail address of organization

suzettec@acsjc.org.au

Website address of organization

www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Human rights

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a Culture of Peace

Highest priority country of action (or international)

Australia

Second priority country of action (or international)

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