|In the gospel of John, we read 'the Word became flesh and lived among us' (John 1:14). We have heard this text many times; we repeat it in the Creed. Yet the words continue to invite us to explore the depths contained within them.|
BREAKING NEWS FROM MARRAKESH
Faith Statement Urges Governments to Shift Massive Investments Out of Fossil Fuels
The Media Release covers breaking news from COP22 Climate Talks in Marrakesh, Morocco:
- At the global climate talks in Marrakesh, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has received [3am AEDT, 17 November] the COP22 Interfaith Climate Statement signed by more than 230 eminent religious leaders from 44 countries.
COP22 Interfaith Statement - MEDIA RELEASE
Australian faith leaders join top religious leaders worldwide to declare the continued use of fossil fuels as ethically untenable.
An announcement is expected later tomorrow night, Thursday 17 November, on the presentation of the interfaith Statement to the United Nations. An embargoed Press Release will then be shared that captures all final names, numbers and quotes from FaithLeaders who have joined this call for Climate Action on Divest/Invest.
The National Council of Churches writes to the Prime Minister and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
The President and Board of Directors of the National Council of Churches in Australia published a Media Release asking for cooperation to settle the asylum seekers from Nauru and Manus Islands.
The Media release states "The continuing reports out of both places are a source of deep concern."
The National Council of Churches urges exceptional national leadership from our new Parliament.
The President and Board of Directors of the National Council of Churches in Australia published a Media Release calling for Parliamentarians to "...sort out a solution to the issue of Nauru and Manus Island Detention Centres".
The Media Release also requests our leaders to convene a Consultation on Peace -making in Australia.
Easter Messages from Leaders of the Christian Churches in Australia 2016
The National Council of Churches in Australia is pleased to publish Easter messages from Leaders of many of the Christian Churches in Australia.
Writing as they do each year, the Church leaders address the significance of Easter, the high point of the Christian calendar, the feast of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a season for rejoicing.
Many of the Church leaders reflect on the myriad challenges facing people in our society, sometimes leading to despair and hopelessness, even death. But they remind us that there is always hope, achieved for us by Jesus Christ who died on Good Friday and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday.
The National Council of Churches of Australia is pleased to publish Christmas messages from Leaders of the Christian Churches in Australia.
Writing as they do each year, the Church leaders address the significance of the feast of the Nativity which marks the birth of Jesus Christ, reminding people of the historic event which took place in Bethlehem. It is a season for rejoicing.
Sr Elizabeth Delaney, a Sister of the Good Samaritan (SGS) of the Order of St Benedict, was commissioned on 4 March 2015 as the 4th General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA), based in Sydney. Elizabeth brings ten years' experience with ecumenical and inter-faith dialogues through the offices of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and her five years of service as a member of the NCCA Executive Committee. The NCCA was formed in 1994 with an expanded membership of churches to succeed the Australian Council of Churches that had commenced as a national committee of Australian churches in 1946.
Do we really need Christmas?
How many times have you asked this question over the last few weeks?
Do we really need all the tension and stress created by the activities associated with this time of the year? The Victorian Department of Health has an online aid, titled “Christmas Tips to Reduce Stress.”
We, the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) and NSW Ecumenical Council (NSWEC) are deeply saddened by the trauma, suffering and loss of life resulting from the Martin Place siege of December 15-16, 2014, in Sydney.
Our prayers are with the families of those whose loved ones have been killed, injured and/or traumatised.
May this be a time when the Australian community, people of all faiths, unite around our common care for all life.
Joint Media Release from the National Council of Churches in Australia & the NSW Ecumenical Council
“…and should I not pity Nineveh, that great city…” (Jonah 4:11 NKJV)
`Genocide’ is how Bishop Daoud Nikdomios a Syrian Orthodox Bishop from Mosul described what has happened to the Christian people in Mosul, an Ancient City of the faithful people, near Nineveh, from the Apostolic times for nearly 2000 years.
``Everything is taken from us: churches, houses, clothes, money, even the babies nappies”. Bishop Daoud Nikdomios described how the crosses from the churches were removed, and how ISIS wanted to remove all the history of the church from Mosul.
Houses were marked with the letter `N’ in Arabic, - for “Nasarah” signifying they are homes for Christians. These homes are appropriated once people flee.
This World Environment Day, the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) Eco Mission Project invites members of the community to reflect on this year’s United Nations theme of ‘Raise your voice, not the Sea level’ and what this means to us as Christians living in God’s love.
The NCCA Eco Mission Project was formed to build a network amongst the Churches to explore the spiritual, ethical and social questions posed by the ecological crises we face as a nation and as a global community. Through education, dialogue and advocacy the NCCA Eco Mission Project supports the understanding that the earth is fragile and beautiful and as an expression of our faith, we are called to care for the earth.
from the National Council of Churches in Australia
The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) issue a renewed call for the safe return of the two archbishops of Aleppo, Syria who were abducted on the Turkish border on 22 April 2013.
The Syriac-Orthodox Archbishop Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and the Greek-Orthodox Archbishop Boulos Yazigi were both advocates for peace and against all forms of violence.
Reverend Tara Curlewis, NCCA general secretary said “Since their abduction there has been no news of their location or the identity of their kidnappers and the churches around the world continue to hold concerns for the health and well being of both archbishops. Now would be a good time for their release with Christians having just celebrated Easter.”