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Message from the General Secretary
With so many weeks since our last newsletter, one might expect that I would be early with my message, But such is not the case.
There is much happening with the National Council of Churches in Australia and as I try to catch up on what was not completed last year, and try to prepare for the coming year, I find that there are many issues before me, and many ideas floating around.
Last October the leaders of Churches came together. They came together primarily to support each other and for conversation together. Part of their time focused on the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse. Francis Sullivan, the CEO of the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Commission spoke to them on the proposed redress scheme.
Around the States
NSW - DISASTER RECOVERY CHAPLAINCY TRAINING
New courses opening in early 2017
The Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network (DRCN) is an ecumenical and multi-faith network of disaster-recovery trained clergy and ministry agents that has been responding to disasters and emergencies across NSW since 2011. The DRCN is coordinated by the Uniting Church in Australia (Synod of NSW and ACT).
Day of Prayer and Fasting for Refugees - 5 March 2017
In October 2016 the leaders of Churches met for conversation and to support each other. At this meeting they decided that the first Sunday of Lent, 5 March 2017, will be a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
The NCCA has put together resources to assist with reflection, prayer, reading and study. These documents represent a collection of some of the wonderful resources that have been sourced from our Churches.
President's Message for Australia Day
Applying the 'golden rule' of treating others as one would like to be treated, I feel deeply for Muslims, amidst current hostility.
The latest sadness is over that Australia Day banner with smiling faces who happen to be Muslims.
Attacking diversity, as the new political correctness, is both cruel and absurd.
The NCCA is 19 Christian Churches, gathered from across this wide brown land, who have embarked on a pilgrimage together. We each bring a widely varied history of place, experience, and theology, but we share a common faith and confession in the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour. We also share a common future as we are convinced that the future of Christians in Australia lies together, not in separation.