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Statement for Geneva 2 talks on Syria

Friday, 17 January 2014 00:00

From the World Council of Churches

"An urgent call to action for a just peace in Syria" - statement from the WCC Ecumenical Consultation on Syria, held 15-17 January 2014, at the Ecumenical Centre to be presented at the Geneva 2 talks on Syria.

Church leaders and representatives from Syria, the Middle East Council of Churches, the World Council of Churches and the Holy See[1] gathered in Geneva from 15–17 January 2014 for a consultation to address the forthcoming Geneva II peace conference on Syria.

Christians have maintained a continuous presence in the land of Syria since the dawn of Christianity. Today, as churches and church-related humanitarian agencies, we are present with the people of Syria on a daily basis both inside the country and amongst refugees. In this communication, we seek to raise their voice.

Our concern is for all people affected by the indiscriminate violence and humanitarian calamity in Syria. Innocent children, women and men are being killed, wounded, traumatized and driven from their homes in uncounted numbers. We hear their cries, knowing that when “one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Corinthians 12:26).

Read more: Statement for Geneva 2 talks on Syria


3 Exciting Employment Opportunities

Monday, 25 February 2013 00:00

Act for Peace NCCA has three exciting new positions available as part of the Marketing and Communications team. MOre information on each position is available HERE Applications close 17 March

Digital Communications Coordinator

- Lead our digital communications
- Work with an experienced team
- Full-time permanent position
- Location: Sydney CBD

Read more: 3 Exciting Employment Opportunities


World Day of Prayer

Monday, 11 February 2013 17:02

The World Day of Prayer this year is to be held on Friday 1 March throughout the World.

In NSW over 340  local church communities of men and women will come together to pray the service , to mingle and welcome all comers.

It is a unique opportunity to celebrate Christian unity and love throughout the world in a 24 hour period.

This year we are asked to consider how we view the stranger in our midst with the theme is “ I was a stranger and you welcomed me”.

The service has been prepared by the Christian women of France who challenge us with stories and prayers and seek forgiveness for their country’s often unwelcome attitude to strangers.

How do we treat the stranger in our midst?

You can find a service near you by looking at the website

For more information contact nsw@worlddayof or 0487684983

Elizabeth Clarke   -    President WDP NSW


Thursday, 24 January 2013 11:45

From Quakers Australia

Australian Quakers have called on the leaders of all political parties, as a matter of urgency, to take the impact of climate change into the upcoming federal election as a key plank of their party’s platform for action.

At their annual gathering in Canberra this month, Australian Quakers affirmed that lasting peace can no longer be contemplated in isolation from the significant ecological and environmental challenges facing the world today and in the future.



Position Vacant - Receptionist

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:21

The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) is seeking a full-time, permanent Receptionist to assist in the smooth functioning of its office in Sydney. Reporting to the Finance Director, the successful applicant will be the first point of contact over the telephone and in person with the NCCA’s partners, volunteers, supporters, donors and friends, and the role is therefore significant in the life of the organisation. A range of administrative duties is also included in the tasks to be performed by the successful candidate.

Please click here for further information. Full details and an information package can be obtained from the NCCA office. Phone (02) 9299-2215, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Stewards Programme at WCC Assembly

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00


The stewards programe of the WCC Assembly is a wonderful ecumenical experience for young people (18 - 30). This is a great opportunity and church leaders are encouraged to identify and support young people to be a steward.

The programme has three elements

  • Ecumenical leadership training seminar
  • assisting with the WCC Assembly the largest ecumenical event gathering delegates and visitors from every continent.
  • Ecumenical project planning
Applications need to be submitted by 7 February 2013 and more information is available on the WCC website

NCCA Welcomes Rev. Professor Andrew Dutney, President of Uniting Church

Thursday, 09 August 2012 13:15

The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) and the ecumenical family welcomed the Reverend Professor Andrew Dutney as he was  installed as the President of the Uniting Church in Australia on 15 July 2012 in Adelaide. Approximately 3000 people attended the service at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. Amongst those welcoming Dr Dutney were leaders from the Anglican Church, Antiochian Orthodox Church, Catholic Church, Coptic Orthodox Chuurch, Lutheran Church, and the Salvation Army.

Read more: NCCA Welcomes Rev. Professor Andrew Dutney, President of Uniting Church


Australian Church Refugee Network Coordinator

Wednesday, 01 August 2012 12:00

Position Vacant - ROUND 2

Applications are invited for an exciting New Position

•  Exciting new Network made up of refugee experts and churches heavily involved in refugee work
•  Work with an experienced secretariat at Act for Peace, an agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia
•  Full-time, permanent position
•  Location: Sydney or Melbourne CBD

Read more: Australian Church Refugee Network Coordinator


Ecumenical leaders push for sustainable future of earth at Rio+20

Friday, 15 June 2012 15:16


From the World Council of Churches

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople and the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit both have pressed for the future sustainability of earth and stronger commitments for ecological justice at Rio+20.

They sent messages to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) Rio+20 which will take place from 20 to 22 June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event will assess the developments twenty years after the UN Earth Summit on Environment and Development of 1992.


In his message, Bartholomew I pointed out the challenges world leaders will face in “correcting the degradation of the planet” at Rio+20. He said that the “delegates must look beyond the surface of problems in order to probe their root causes, which lie in the human heart and mind. A satisfactory conclusion to the Earth Summit requires a penetration into the root causes of ecological afflictions. An easy approach will not solve these problems.”

Read more: Ecumenical leaders push for sustainable future of earth at Rio+20


Regional Refugee Protection Advisor

Friday, 08 June 2012 12:20

Position Vacant

Applications are invited for the position of

Regional Refugee Protection Advisor

This exciting new position requires a well-networked strategic thinker, with relevant expertise to lead the development of a concrete vision and strategy for enhanced refugee protection in the Asia-Pacific region and an alternative Australian policy on regional refugee protection. The candidate would need to consult widely, identify gaps and challenges, build consensus on policy alternatives and mobilise the support of a wide array of actors who can bring influence and resources to bear in the effort to strengthen regional protection.

Act for Peace is the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia and we work according to the mandate set by our 19 member Churches. We seek to assist the most conflict and disaster-affected communities to be safe. This means empowering communities to prevent conflict, protect refugees and reduce poverty.
We are looking for a dynamic and self-motivated team player with well-honed research, analytical and communication skills, and ample experience of providing high-level advice and generating dialogue and collaboration between actors.

For an Information Pack call (02) 9299 2215 or download

Applications Close 17th June 2012

To apply, please email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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