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Media Releases
Saturday, 02 September 2017 15:23

Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce


Churches to provide support to refugees to prevent them being forced back to danger

Text from Media Press Conference Tuesday 29 August 2017 

The Very Reverend Peter Catt, Anglican Dean of Brisbane has called on Australians to support a network of agencies who will provide necessary shelter and support to refugees whose income support and accommodation has been removed by the Turnbull government.

The full Media Release follows.

Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:24

Easter Messages 2017

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Easter Messages from Leaders of the Christian Churches in Australia 2017

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. … they ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’

As we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord, and hear and receive the accounts of disciples encountering the Risen Lord, may we rejoice that the Lord is truly risen. May we be assured that he has gone before us. Like Mary Magdalene may we with eager hearts tell our sisters and brothers what we have witnessed and may we , like them, meet Jesus on the way.

 The National Council of Churches in Australia wishes all a healthy and holy Easter.

Sr Elizabeth Delaney, General Secretary
National Council of Churches in Australia

The 10 messages follow.


shutterstock blue nativity cropped 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.                                          

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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.
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 10:56

Media Release - COP22 Interfaith

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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.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:05

Media Release - October 2016



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." 


Tuesday, 13 September 2016 16:54

NCCA Directors Media Release 2016



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.


Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:43

Easter Messages 2016

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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.

christmas messages2015 sThe 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.

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:57

Easter Messages 2015

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Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’. (John 20:18)

Easter Messages from Leaders of the Christian Churches in Australia

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 16:46

4th General Secretary commissioned

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.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 14:00

Christmas Reflection 2014

The world is full of tears.
So many look for kindness, justice and peace.
However great the darkness of our time, God is our light.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 13:48

2014 Messages from Australian Church Leaders

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.”

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 14:29

Martin Place Siege – A Statement for Peace

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.