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Armenian Apostolic Church

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Celebrating 350 years of the Armenian bible

The Diocese fo the Armenian Church of Australia and New Zealand together with the Hamazkaine Armenian Educational & Cultural Society of Australia are celebrating the 350th anniversary of the first bible printed in Armenian, 1666-68.

This commemorative event will be held on Wednesday 3 May, 2017 at NSW Parliament House. It will be hosted by the Premier of NSW Hon Gladys Berejikllian, MP with a keynote speech by Dr Tigran Zargaryan, Director of the National Library of Armenia. The official proceedings will be followed by a small exhibit of ancient Armenian books and a reception.

Safe as Churches Conference

Our Works - Safe Church Program

16 - 17 May 2017 - Jasper Hotel, Melbourne

Registrations are open now

At this conference we will be looking at the: impact of abuse on survivors; pastoral care of survivors and parishes; Family Violence prevention; Elder Abuse; eSafety and digital trends; plus various workshops to assist churches in being a safe place for all people.

 

Safe Church signage

Communicate to your Church community

Along with the safe church commitment, it is good practice to visually display that you are committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable people. The signage should include who the safe church contact is for your community

Andy Corkill

Andy Corkill

If you are one of our faithful supporters who give individually, or as part of church group then you may find yourself in conversation with Andy. Similarly, if you’re a donor wanting to make a lasting legacy by including Act for Peace in their will or as part of your estate planning, then Andy will be the person to talk to. He sees that the primary undertaking of his role is that of relationship building, getting to know our individual and church donors, helping them find ways to connect with and support the vital work that we are doing together. 

AfP 1 sEast Africa Emergency Appeal

One million people could die – and no one is talking about it

Right now, children are starving to death in South Sudan. This is the first time famine has been declared anywhere in the world in the last six years.

This terrible famine will spread quickly without a big international response.
Please give to the urgent appeal today.

What’s happening?
East Africa is in the grip of an intense drought. Two seasons of poor rainfall have wiped out crops and killed livestock. Our partners on the ground have told us that cattle are dying and people are eating leaves to survive. Women are digging holes in the dry earth in an attempt to find water. 

Uniting people of faith, serving people in need

WACOC

Our friends at the Western Australian Council of Churches are having their Annual General Meeting on 6 April, 2017 at 6pm. The Guest Speaker for the evening is Andrea Musulin, Safeguarding Coordinator Roman Catholic Church.

April events in WA:
  • 2017 Stations of the Cross Art Exhibition, Saturday 8 April to Monday 17 April, 9am to 5pm daily. Entry is free.
  • Meals with Jesus: A Feast for the Fast 5 March to 10 April, Sundays in Lent at 11.45AM & Mondays in Lent at 5.30PM

Easter 2017 Messages from Australian Church Leaders

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. … they ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’

As we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord, and hear and receive the accounts of disciples encountering the Risen Lord, may we rejoice that the Lord is truly risen. May we be assured that he has gone before us. Like Mary Magdalene may we with eager hearts tell our sisters and brothers what we have witnessed and may we , like them, meet Jesus on the way.

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Faith In The Ordinary

Before the eyes of the world
“Before the eyes of the world, in the dead of night they came, seeking passage between their lands of desolation and the possibility of a better life.” Good Samaritan Sister Marie Casamento takes us on a journey from Palm Sunday to the Resurrection.

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Faith-based groups across Australia are uniting to call on the Australian Government to participate and support the UN negotiations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons this year.

The statement below is endorsed by 52 faith-based organisations.
Can you please pass this on to your networks and spread the news?

“As people of faith, we understand the gift of life that nuclear weapons are designed to destroy. Nuclear weapons are incompatible with our religious values, moral principles and international humanitarian law. We have an obligation to address this paramount peril.

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“Reconciliation - The Love of Christ Compels Us”

(cf. 2 Corinthians 5:14-20)

28 May – 4 June 2017

In 2017 the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Australia will be observed from 28 May - 4 June 2017 in the week between Ascension and Pentecost.
The theme ‘Reconciliation – the Love of Christ compels us’, celebrates the irrevocable reconciliation that we have received through faith in Jesus Christ. Christ’s love becomes the driving force that moves us beyond our division toward acts of reconciliation