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June 2017 Issue 2

Bishop Philip Huggins

The day after the Census results, I was at St Matthew’s East Geelong. The Revd Andrew Grills told us about a young woman recently converted, now fundraising for better care for homeless people.

This young woman was so astonished by the difference knowing Jesus makes, she couldn’t but tell others. That included folk at the fast-food outlet where she works, especially her manager. With her encouragement, he started coming to Church. He kept coming, even when she went over-seas. (Andrew thought he might have been coming for romantic reasons!)

NAIDOC logo x120Our Languages Matter

The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week this year.

CCA logo sqApplications closing soon.

The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) is holding this year's Asia Mission Conference (AMC) in Yangon, Myanmar from 11 to 17 October 2017. The CCA invites applications from young Christians belonging to it's member churches and ecumenical councils in Asia to serve as stewards for this conference.

Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old and the deadline for receiving applications is 10 July 2017.

Ration Challenge 2017

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Over $3million has been raised. Thank you! 

Over 14,000 people took part in the Act for Peace Ration Challenge, eating the same rations as a Syrian refugee living in a camp in Jordan. With their courage and determination they have made quite a difference.

Exchange of Gifts: Reimagining our Unity in Christ through Receptive Ecumenism

SACC logo x150Saturday 8 July 2017

9.30am-12 noon, at St John the Baptist Parish Centre, 342 Anzac Hwy, Plympton.

An interactive event and conversation, taking a Learning Question: what does my Church have to learn from another Church about welcoming newcomers, nurturing hospitality, nourishing an active congregation?

Disaster Recovery logo bdrx150The NSW Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network (DRCN) is conducting a two-day training seminar for ministers and faith community leaders in Murwillumbah on 25-26 July.

After the recent flooding event, Chaplains in the NSW Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network (DRCN) were heavily involved in the Lismore response and recovery process.They travelled into areas along the Tweed, working with the SES, Red Cross and Disaster Welfare Services. A shortage of locally trained chaplains in Murwillumbah, Kyogle and other areas along the Tweed was identified, and the need to train more chaplains from the Lismore/Casino area has been recognised.

saspic x150The Sultan and the Saint is a docudrama about Muslim-Christian Peacemaking, set in the midst of the conflict of the Fifth Crusade and narrated by Jeremy Irons. It centres on the historic meeting between St Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, Malik al-Kamil. A remarkable encounter between two people committed to peace between their people.

Saturday 29 July 2017 from 7.00pm-9.00pm

Tickets $10.00 available online

Western Sydney University Parramatta South Campus