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Building for Peace

22/04/2023 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Raising Peace ANZAC workshop 2023

22 April 2023

As Australia positions itself for future conflicts, many of us feel outraged and helpless. But this need not be so. The right language, tools and actions can empower us, get our leaders to listen and bring about change.

On the ANZAC weekend as we remember those who were killed in service of this country, Raising Peace invites you to join us in person and on-line, featuring the following events:

  • Speakers and small group discussions
  • Practicing non-violent communication
  • Action for peace

Our speakers include:

Pastor Ray Minniecon presenting the acknowledgement of Country
Eddie Synot on Makarrata and the Voice.
Dr Keith Suter with an overview of Australia’s geopolitical context
Prof Wanning Sun on challenging the media narrative

Ray Minniecon is an Aboriginal pastor with roots in the Kabikabi and Gurang-Gurang tribes of Queensland. He lives in Sydney and has dedicated his life to supporting members of the Stolen Generations. Ray is pastor Scarred Tree Indigenous Ministries with St. John’s Anglican Church, Glebe, NSW, Australia. He is a Board member with several Indigenous Ministries and organizations. He is Founder of the Coloured Digger Project and Consultant to both the Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation and the Children of the Bomaderry Aboriginal Children’s Home where many Aboriginal children were taken and placed under the Native Welfare Act of NSW. Ray is a Vision Keeper for the World Christian Gathering of Indigenous Peoples.

Wanning Sun is a Professor of Media and Communication Studies at UTS. A fellow of Australian Academy of the Humanities since 2016, she is currently a member of the ARC College of Experts (2020-2023). Wanning is actively engaged in public debate, sharing her work with the broader community, and regularly contributing to high-profile policy journals, and media outlets such as the ABC and The Conversation. In 2016, Wanning published a significant report titled Chinese-Language Media in Australia: Developments, Challenges and Opportunities. She has also provided pro bono consultancy to think tanks and various government departments in Australia, on issues related to Chinese-Australian communities and Chinese-language media. As an academic researcher, Wanning is best known for her ethnography of rural-to-urban migration in China, and for her study of transnational and diasporic Chinese media.

Eddie Synot is a Wemba Wemba First Nations public lawyer and researcher. Eddie is a Lecturer at Griffith Law School, Griffith University and a Research Fellow at the ILC UNSW. Eddie has worked with the Uluru Dialogue and the ILC UNSW since 2018. Eddie’s research focuses on Indigenous peoples and the law, especially public and constitutional law.

Dr Keith Suter is considered to be one of Australia’s most influential Global futurists and media commentators in national and foreign affairs. He has been appointed to many prestigious roles throughout his career, including Chairperson of the International Humanitarian Law Committee of Australian Red Cross (NSW), Chairperson of the International Commission of Jurists (NSW), Director of Studies at the International Law Association (Australian Branch) and Managing Director of the Global Directions think tank. Keith was the President of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (1991-1998) at the University of Sydney, and was a Consultant on Social Policy with the Wesley Mission’s for 17 years. In addition, he served as a consultant for a number of other organisations, with a focus on local and international issues.


10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Quaker Meeting House
119 Devonshire St
Surry Hills,NSWAustralia
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