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Glenburnie Program

A property known as 'Glenburnie', Wooroloo, in Western Australia, was transferred to the Australian Council of Churches Association Ltd in 1976 as a gift from Laurie and Nancy Wilkinson. The property was sold in May 1987 and the proceeds were allocated "to provide resources for the churches and the community on issues relating to a just, participatory and sustainable society."

A constitution was prepared and adopted by the ACC General Meeting in June 1988. It was amended by the ACC Executive in April 1994 to take account of the impending transition to the NCCA.

What is a 'Just, Participatory and Sustainable Society' (JPSS)?  

A Just Society: a society in which there is a fair and reasonable distribution of the world's resources with wastage and misuse minimised, and in which every human being has significance and dignity and no-one is oppressed.

A Participatory Society: a society in which every individual has an opportunity to influence the decisions which shape their life.

A Sustainable Society: a society which cares for the health of the world's ecosystems in a changing Earth System and in which an acceptable quality of life can be maintained for all people.


The object of the Program is to encourage the Australian churches and community to consider and act in ways that advance the creation of just, participatory and sustainable societies.

This goal will be implemented by providing resources to enable Australian Christians to:

a) Engage in the vital struggle for justice, peace, and ecological wellbeing, drawing on global perspectives to inform local concerns.

b) Creatively share the resources and experience of the worldwide ecumenical movement among Christians in local congregations, to build commitment and renewal in relation to the JPSS vision.

c) Join the ecumenical movement throughout the world in their pursuit of the JPSS vision; discover, develop and articulate appreciation for the diversity of liturgical traditions, and connect prayer, worship, and Bible study with community and political engagement in order to achieve the Glenburnie Program goal.

d) Provide quality JPSS training that serves to strengthen future generations of ecumenical leaders, both clergy and lay.

The administration of the Program is undertaken by the Glenburnie Program Committee which is appointed by the NCCA Board. Applications will be assessed against how well they reflect the JPSS vision and meet the guidelines. 

Examples of recent grants are:

  • Assistance to the NSW Ecumenical Council to conduct workshops in local parishes for clergy, Sunday school teachers and lay persons in leadership positions on how to identify and respond to parishioners who are living with family or domestic violence.
  • Assistance to St John's Cathedral, Anglican Church Southern Queensland, to develop and curate resources for Churches to enable them to better enter into dialogue, discernment and action on climate change.
  • Funding for the salary of a Youth & Networking Coordinator for Youth PoWR 2018;
  • Assistance to Act for Peace for the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel to work with the Palestine & Israel Ecumenical Network;
  • Assistance to the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) for 'Stop Adani' advocacy work in North Queensland and capacity building workshops for faith communities
  • Funding for the Youth Parliament of the World's Religions;
  • Assistance to Act for Peace for the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel; 
  • Assistance to the Palestine & Israel Ecumenical Network to bring a Palestinian Christian to Australia in 2018 for the purpose of educating Australian churches and the wider public on human rights issues in Palestine and Israel
  • Support to CommonGrace for an Executive Director and for two young change-makers who are leading their Climate Change and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teams;
  • Funding for Love Makes a Way to establish an ecumenical approach to supporting the plight of asylum seekers in offshore detention centres;
  • Support to Pace e Bene Australia for their 2017 Nonviolent Interfaith Leadership Program;
  • Funding for the mentoring component of Surrender Australia's Indigenous Leadership Project.

Funds available are limited. This may mean that not all projects will receive funding or the desired level of funding, even if they fit the guidelines.

How to apply

Download and complete The Glenburnie Program application form.

Applications for FY 2021/22 close 30 April 2021.

Applicants should base their case and their application for funds on the Glenburnie Program Guidelines listed above.

Enquiries and applications should be directed to:

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General Secretary
National Council of Churches in Australia
Locked Bag Q199

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