During the past three months, or even longer, much has appeared in the media about the politics of the United States of America.
The word ‘trust’ has been written – not so much in affirmation, but more frequently, as ‘Can we trust…?’ A similar situation may well be present in Australia.
Strengthening relationships with churches in the Middle East
On 21 January 2017 Stuart McMillan met with His Holiness Aram I of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia.
The President and His Holiness discussed matters concerning the church and the Christian presence in the Middle East.
Sins Before our Eyes
At a forum in Istanbul the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I have pledged to fight modern slavery signing a joint declaration.
Titled “Sins Before our Eyes” the forum opened up discussion on the tragedy of modern slavery. “Slavery is all around us, but we are too blind to see it. The enslaved are next to us in the streets, but we are too ignorant to walk alongside them. It is still a living reality in all of our communities; our sin lies in blindness and ignorance” said Archbishop Welby.
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.
Rev Elenie Poulos
Farewell and may God be with you.
It is with sadness but with huge gratitude that we farewell Elenie as God calls her to new paths.
Rev Elenie Poulos, a minister of the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA), has worked tirelessly with NCCA for justice and peace since being nominated at the National Forum in 2003. At the time Elenie had been working with the UCA Assembly for just under a year as the Director of the National office for Social Responsibility and Justice (rebranded in 2003 as UnitingJusitce).
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.