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Memorandum Of Understanding
(between the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission
and the National Council of Churches in Australia)
State and National Co-operation
The National Council of Churches in Australia is a national organisation that works in partnership with state ecumenical councils around Australia.
Forum and Executive
While the National Forum of the Council meets every three years, ongoing oversight of the Council is provided by the Executive, which is made up of the heads of national churches, their appointed members, and some elected directly by the Forum.
The central administrative body of the NCCA is the General Secretariat, headed by the General Secretary. Internally there is a Finance and Administration department, which handles the business needs of the whole organisation. There is also a Finance Committee that oversees the finances of the entire organisation.
The NCCA works through a number of Commissions, Networks, and Programs. These constitute the 'departments' of the NCCA and order its workplan.
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission works ecumenically among Australian churches and wider society to advance indigenous rights and help the churches understand the implications of their history and their current policies and actions. With the NATSIEC’s guidance, the churches are working together for a fair deal for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and for the healing of our nation.
Act for Peace (previously known as Christian World Service)
Act for Peace is the international aid agency of the NCCA. Its focus is on assisting the most conflict and disaster-affected communities to be safe. Act for Peace supports ecumenical partners to do this in, and with communities displaced from, countries such as Syria, Iraq, Palestine, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Act for Peace manages the annual Christmas Bowl, which has been generously supported by Australian churches since 1948.
The NCCA's Faith and Unity Commission brings together theologians from the member churches who act in a voluntary capacity.
The Network operates to bring Churches together on common social justice issues, and drafts material for the Council as a whole. The Network operates with the support of the Churches on an entirely voluntary basis.
In 2006, the NCCA committed itself to establishing an Australian desk of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). The EAPPI is a program of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The EAPPI seeks to support local and international efforts to end the Israeli occupation and bring a resolution to the Israeli-Paestinian conflict with a just peace, based on international law and relevant United Nations resolutions. We are looking for volunteers to become Ecumenical Accompaniers in Israel & Palestine.
The Safe Church Program is an initiative of the NCCA and comprises the Safe Church Network of representatives of churches who are involved in aspects of Professional Standards and who provide support and input into NCCA Safe Church initiatives; the Safe as Churches? Conference events that are designed to provide networking and professional development opportunities for people involved in the prevention of and/or responding to church related misconduct and abuse issues, and the Safe Church Training Agreement, which facilitates quality, sustainable, accessible, Safe Church workshops for local church and congregation leaders and provides resources and a voice into the wider community on Child Safety matters.
The NCCA is a founding partner in the Australian National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims and Jews (ANDCMJ). The Dialogue was officially 'launched' in March 2003 after 12 months of formal preparation, which was preceded by informal contact and discussions between the NCCA, AFIC (Australian Federation of Islamic Councils) and ECAJ (Executive Council of Australian Jewry).
The NCCA is a member of the Australian Partnership of Religious Organisations (APRO) from its beginnings in 2003.
The NCCA oversees two funds that are available for ecumenical work, the Ronald Wilson Ecumenical Leadership Fund and the Glenburnie Fund.