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SEPTEMBER
1 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
8 Nativity of the Theotokos (Antiochian Orthodox)
5-13  National Child Protection Week (National)
11 Eid-ul Adha (Islam) 
13 Child Protection Sunday  (Catholic)

Bible and Ecology: Reading scripture through ecological eyes

Creation Webinar

Join this national webinar to engage ecology and biblical theology with scholars from around Australia and the world

Monday 19th September 10:30am to 5:30pm (Australian Eastern Time) 

In recent years, in the context of growing ecological awareness, biblical scholars have been working to move beyond human-focused perspectives and read the Bible with a deliberate sympathy for the wider Earth community. In this full-day webinar, we will hear from scholars around the country about reading the Bible through “ecological eyes”, and will practise applying such lenses to scripture.

Anti Poverty Week

Anti-Poverty Week is now only a month away.

Poverty and severe hardship affect more than a million Australians.

Around the world, more than a billion people are desperately poor

 

Harmony Walk Festival 2016

The 2016 Harmony Walk in Fairfield. Sydney

Join in! Bring your friends and family and help celebrate harmony. Share the spirit of inclusion and diversity.

Harmony Walk seeks to bring together Australians from diverse national, ethnic and religious backgrounds to help build an inclusive society, and to acknowledge and celebrate the enduring principles of fairness, harmony and respect. 

Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit

Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit , General Secretary of the World Council of Churches will visit Australia, 11-17 October.

The official itinerary for his visit has yet to be released but we are happy to share with you the details as we have to hand at this time.

ANDCMJ

ANDCMJ

The Australian National Dialogue of Christians Muslims and Jews recently held its 46th meeting. Two of the people present commented to each other on the amount of laughter that was taking place! Who would have thought when this dialogue commenced that we could come together and enjoy each other’s company so much!

Pope Francis

Pope Francis will retun to Assisi to celebrate “the spirit of Assisi”, on the thirtieth anniversary of the “interreligious assembly for peace among the peoples.”

More than 400 religious and political leaders and cultural figures will be present; amongst them will be Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and Sergio Mattarella, President of the Italian Republic.

Interfaith News

“God has broken down the dividing walls”

This is the theme for 2016’s World Week of Peace in Palestine Israel, a week of advocacy and action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel.

Join together with Congregations and individuals around the globe who share the hope of justice shall unite during the week to take peaceful actions, together, to create a common international public witness. 

NCCA ASSEMBLY

NCCA ASSEMBLY

Following the NCCA Forum’s approval of the adoption of a new Constitution for NCCA, NCCA has a slightly changed structure. In the past two representatives of each church met three times a year. This group, the Executive addressed matters of concern, received reports from the various NCCA commissions and networks and made decisions that enabled the work of ecumenism to progress.

Our People – Jess Xavier, Act for Peace

Jess comes to Act for Peace from a professional background in digital media and video production. In her role as Media and Communications Officer she helps to inspire and engage Act for Peace supporters by creating content for their social media channels, website and print publications, as well as organise story gathering trips for their overseas programs, and implementation of Act for Peace’s media strategy.