Our Work in Sri Lanka
With your help, Act for Peace’s partner, the Organisation for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR), is providing support services to assist refugees returning to Sri Lanka and creating a supportive environment for returnees by raising awareness at the community level for the difficulties they face upon return.
Continue reading to see Janarthan’s story.
Safe as Churches Conference
16 - 17 May 2017 - Jasper Hotel, Melbourne
Breaking ground for safer churches and stronger communities.
The upcoming “Safe as Churches?” Conference is the 8th biennial conference bringing together various leaders and experts to network and develop effective ways to lead our churches in best practices for safeguarding our children, youth and the vulnerable.
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.
Communicate to your Church community
It is important to communicate your church’s commitment to being a safe church to all who come in to contact with the services and ministries of the church. You can include Safe Church contacts, information and activities in newsletter updates, include your Safe Church Policy or Commitment to Child Safety on your website, and make your policies and procedures relating to being a safe church easily available for people.
By communicating your commitment to creating a safe church to the broader community, you are helping to create a culture of safety for all who come in to contact with your church.
Lutheran Church of Australia
In 2017 our prayers are with our friends in the Lutheran Church who celebrate and commemorate 500 years of reformation. The Church has planned a variety of celebrations and events to mark the historical milestone and these can be found on the Church's national website.
The Lutheran Church, the oldest Christian Church in the protestant tradition, takes its name from the German reformist, Martin Luther. It is well documented in history now but in the 16th century Martin Luther, a Catholic monk, set out to challenge the church practices that he saw were inconsistent with scripture. On 31 October 1517 he famously posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg conveying these concerns. This eventually led to a separation with the Roman Catholic Church and the beginning of the Protestant reformation. His writings had changed the course of cultural and religious history.
The NCCA extends congratulations to the President of The Lutheran World Federation and Bishop of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land,Bishop Dr Munib Younan. Bishop Younan is to receive the Niwano Peace Prize at a ceremony in Toyko, Japan on 27 July this year.
The award is given annually to recognise dedicated service and scholarship to promoting peaceful cooperation among religions particularly in places of difficulty. Bishop Younan has devoted his life to building peace with justice in the Middle East and gloabally He is a strong witness for interfaith harmony, equal diginity and respect for all people and a just peace between Israel and Palestine.
This scholarship is given to a young person (under 33) to be a "source of encouragement…in their developing ministry of Telling others what others are doing for Lord."
An ARPA conference package will consist of payment by ARPA of registration, accommodation and airfares up to the value of $1500 for a younger delegate
Closing Date for applications for 2017 is Monday 1 May 2017 at 5 pm (AEST).
ABC Religion and Ethics
During 2016 Church Leaders were invited to sign a letter to the Chairman of Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) expressing concern about the proposed reduction in religious programming.
The ABC is the only mainstream media organisation that is committed to airing programs with specialist religious content.
APRO One Day Forum
Religious values and the Value of Religion
NCCA General Secretary ,Sr Elizabeth Delaney, joined 80 or so leading representatives of major world faiths at an Australian Partnership of Religious Organisations event at NSW Parliament House yesterday, 23 February.
Under the formidable organising skills of Josie Lacey OAM and Dr.Natalie Mobini various themes relating to: Religious values and the value of religion and how to make religion more relevant in Australia were explored.
The keynote speech was a lively and poignant one, the religious/ spiritual journey of NSW's first female Premier, Professor the Hon.Kristina Keneally. Two round-table discussions were a great part of the program, an opportunity for everyone to participate .
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.