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Coming Events

2 July Federal election

3-10 July NAIDOC week

3 July National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday

1-7 August National Homeless Persons week

Interfaith News

The holy season of Ramadan is drawing to a close. The Parliament of the World Religions issues a Ramadan Challenge, inviting people to honour the tradition of Islam in a number of ways:

  • Participate in fast
  • Pray or meditate (in my own tradition) five times per day
  • Break the fast with my Muslim neighbours and attend an Interfaith IFTAR
  • Share my experience of Embodied Solidarity at Ramadan on Social Media and elsewhere with my family, friends, and networks.

Our Churches

At the NCCA 9th National Forum we remembered members of Our Churches who have been involved ecumenically and have now entered eternal life. 

Read more for Ancestors in the Faith

 

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Corinne is employed as the Safe Church Program Office, a part-time role which is 2 days per week. Her responsibilities are to provide and develop resources to support churches with safeguarding children, develop and review training for those within the Safe Church Training Agreement (SCTA), update the national Safe Church workshop calendar and network and support those in professional standards roles within their denomination.

Safe Church Update

Our Works – Safe Church Program

As part of a Safe church, we also want to ensure that those who may be vulnerable in our communities are also safe.  One particular group of people who would be considered vulnerable would be the elderly.  And recently Australia acknowledged this with “Elder Abuse awareness day” (15th June 2016).

Their website www.elderabuseawarenessday.org.au provides information and resources to help understand elder abuse.

Ration Challenge

Ration Challenge

Ration Challenge raises over $1.9 million to support refugees 

Last week, more than 8,000 passionate people took the Act for Peace Ration Challenge and showed refugees we’re with them, not against them.During Refugee Week, 19-25 June, participants ate the same rations that a Syrian refugee living in a refugee camp in Jordan receives - just a small amount of rice, beans, lentils, fish, oil and flour. It’s a tough but eye-opening experience. 

Message from the General Secretary

Remember, renew, rejoice…

During the past several days people from our member churches gathered at Mary MacKillop Place in North Sydney for the 9th Triennial Forum. These were special days. Written evaluations from participants included such words as ‘engaging’, ‘inspiring’, relaxed, ‘efficient’, ‘educational’, ‘providing opportunities for networking’, ‘enthusiasm’, ‘blessings of diverse gifts and energies’, ‘active involvement’, ‘rich experience’ ‘new time’.

Safe as Churches? Conference


The 2017 Safe as Churches? 8 Conference
will be held on Tuesday 16th May 2017 - Wednesday 17th May 2017
at Jasper Hotel, Melbourne.


What the conference will provide?
- Information on the latest safeguarding processes available to churches
- Contribution to important dialogue to help challenge current culture
- A collective solution to support churches
- Networking and coming together with a common goal


Conference Topics: Family and Domestic Violence, a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse update, eSafety - Bullying & Grooming, ‘Known Offenders’ in Congregations, The Impact of Abuse and many other pressing topics


Who should attend this conference?
• Clergy, Ministers, Religious Orders
• Professional Standards Officers
• Directors of church related services
• Youth and Children’s Ministers/Pastors/Workers
• Safe Church Workshop Trainers and Presenters
• Social Workers, Supervisors and Pastoral Care providers


If you would like more information on this conference please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Safe as Churches? Conference


The 2017 Safe as Churches? 8 Conference
will be held on Tuesday 16th May 2017 - Wednesday 17th May 2017
Jasper Hotel, Melbourne.

Jasper Kitchen Facade

What the conference will provide?
- Information on the latest safeguarding processes available to churches
- Contribution to important dialogue to help challenge current culture
- A collective solution to support churches
- Networking and coming together with a common goal


Conference Topics: Family and Domestic Violence, a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse update, eSafety - Bullying & Grooming, ‘Known Offenders’ in Congregations, The Impact of Abuse and many other pressing topics


Who should attend this conference?
• Clergy, Ministers, Religious Orders
• Professional Standards Officers
• Directors of church related services
• Youth and Children’s Ministers/Pastors/Workers
• Safe Church Workshop Trainers and Presenters
• Social Workers, Supervisors and Pastoral Care providers


If you would like more information on this conference please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..au

7 June 2016 – Ramadan

7 June 2016 – Ramadan

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan commences in 2016 on 7 June. The word “Ramadan” is derived from an Arabic word for intense heat, scorched ground and shortness of food and drink. Fighting is not permitted during this period.

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars (fundamental religious duties) of Islam. It is traditional that Muslims fast during the daylight hours in the month of Ramadan. It is a period of increased religious devotion, in particular self-examination. During Ramadan the common practice is to have a pre-fast meal (suhoor) before sunrise and an evening meal (iftar) after sunset.