At the NCCA
National Council of Churches in Australia
Martin Place Statement 16 Dec 2014
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 13:29
MARTIN PLACE SIEGE – A STATEMENT FOR PEACE
We, the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) and NSW Ecumenical Council (NSWEC) are deeply saddened by the trauma, suffering and loss of life resulting from the Martin Place siege of December 15-16, 2014, in Sydney.
Our prayers are with the families of those whose loved ones have been killed, injured and/or traumatised.
May this be a time when the Australian community, people of all faiths, unite around our common care for all life.
We trust that the acts of one individual will not lead to discrimination against Australian Muslims.
We are committed to the paths of peace. May the bonds of acceptance, mutual respect and harmony in our community, across all faiths and none, be strengthened as we pull together and realise afresh the value of human life. Australia celebrates the great diversity of ethnic communities and religious freedom. It celebrates democracy and freedom. Each one of us can live out those values in all we do.
We especially express our friendship and solidarity with all Muslims who are part of the Australian community. We know that you, with the rest of the Australian community, abhor acts of violence in the name of religion and that most Australian Muslims strive for peace and harmony with all others.
Let this sad event unite us in the conviction that life is precious and we can do much together, across all faiths, to bring abundant life to all.
At this time we welcome statements condemning violence and we welcome statements of support for the Australian people and governments. We welcome every effort that members of Muslim communities continue to make as integral members of Australian society. We wish to support all people striving to live in peace.
President NCCA Reverend Dr Mike Semmler
General Secretary NCCA Sr Elizabeth Delaney sgs
President NSWEC Reverend John BarrGeneral Secretary NSWEC Fr Shenouda Mansour
NCCA Newsletter - Issue 12
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 11:20
Prayer for Christians in Middle East - 7 Dec 2014
Incoming General Secretary, Sr Elizabeth Delaney, sgs
NCCA Newsletter-Issue 10
Friday, 24 October 2014 10:52
Social Justice Sunday - 28 September 2014
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 11:38
28 September 2014
Gambling and its Impact in Australia
Is Nothing Sacred?
The NCCA Social Justice Network has chosen the topic of “gambling” for the 2014 Social Justice Sunday resource in the hope of voicing the strong concerns held by the Churches about the encroachment of gambling and its destruction into the daily lives of many Australians. Poker machine reform is no longer on our national political agenda, however the expansion of gambling methods is extending, prompting the subtitle “is nothing sacred?”.
The resource is available in hard copy by phoning or emailing the NCCA. Copies may also be available from either your State Council of Churches or possibly your denomination Social Justice Officer.