Hi – I’m Bek Christensen and I’m the chair of the EAPPI-Australia Committee, EAPPI standing for Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel. EAPPI (http://www.ncca.org.au/index.php/departments/eappi) is an international accompaniment programme of the World Council of Churches. Our Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) offer protective presence for vulnerable communities, monitoring and reporting human rights abuses. We engage with local Palestinians and Israelis who nonviolently pursue peace. We advocate for a just peace based on international law.
From 7-10 October 2015, our dream is for all people who work with youth and young adults to gather for a time of refreshment and encouragement, professional development and training, connecting and
networking. Whether they work in schools, Churches or the community, whether as volunteers or paid, whatever denomination or ministry philosophy they come from, we want to love, equip and help these key leaders.
Moana is a woman on a mission. Growing up in Tonga, she knows all too well the death and destruction that tropical cyclones can cause. But as a Community Disaster Risk Manager with Act for Peace’s local partner, the Tongan National Council of Churches, she’s also seen how the right training and preparation can save lives. With extreme weather events on the rise, she won’t rest until all Tongan people have the knowledge and skills they need to stay safe when emergencies hit.
We are deeply saddened by the death of Daphne Siva, Finance Director of NCCA since 2011. Daphne was a member of the Roman Catholic Church and had ecumenical experience with a number of other denominations both in her working life, as an inter-church family and local ecumenical involvement. She held a Masters of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management and was a Certified Practising Accountant.
For many people, the thought of retirement conjures images of time spent with the grandchildren, cruising the oceans or joining a band of grey nomads chasing the sun.
Few would imagine opting to live in one of the world’s most volatile regions, acting as an eyewitness to abuses of military and political power.
But for Rev Joan Fisher, the end of full-time work as a Uniting Church minister in the Albury Wodonga area presented the opportunity to do just that.
The Safe Church Network is a regular meeting of denominational professional standards representatives gathering under the auspices of the National Council of Churches in Australia for the purpose of:
- Facilitating cooperation among Australian churches on safe ministry issues.
- Providing safe ministry advice and responding to requests from the NCCA Executive.
- Providing regular professional development and networking opportunities.
- Acting as a reference group for NCCA's Safe Church Training Agreement.
On 14th and 15th March, Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu bringing mass destruction across the island nation. Some areas were battered by winds of over 300km per hour; many communities lost shelters, water tanks, schools, clinics and gardens. In a country where around 80% of the population relies on subsistence farming for survival, the impact of this category 5 cyclone has been devastating.
Sr Elizabeth Delaney, a Sister of the Good Samaritan (SGS) of the Order of St Benedict, was commissioned on 4 March 2015 as the 4th General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA), based in Sydney. Elizabeth brings ten years' experience with ecumenical and inter-faith dialogues through the offices of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and her five years of service as a member of the NCCA Executive Committee.
Sadie Moore is the Head of Community Fundraising, Act for Peace.
The 2015 FIA Awards for Excellence in Fundraising were announced in February. One of the major awards, Most Effective Creative Campaign, was won by Act for Peace - Act for Peace Ration Challenge – a project that was designed by Sadie. It also won the award for Special Events – under $5 million revenue.