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  • President's Reflection

     Sunday 20 September 2020

    “Bear with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bones of peace: One Body and One Spirit”. Ephesians 4

    Reminder: National Days of Prayer and Fasting 26-27 September 2020

  • Act for Peace

    Ration Challenge 2020

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    Sunday 13 – Saturday 19 September 2020

    This week thousands of people across Australia have been taking the Ration Challenge. Together they have raised nearly $2,000,000. 

    It’s not too late to get involved!  Let’s show we really are #inthistogether

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development Fund

    Applications now being received

    The Fund (ATSIDF) is set up to assist Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples by giving small grants for community development projects.

    Closing date for current round applications: Friday 16 October 2020

  • Season of Creation 2020

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    Prayers and resources

    Join Christians in prayer and work for the care of our common home from 1 September through to the feast of St. Francis on 4 October 

    • Uniting Church in Australia: Season of Creation Prayer from UCA President, Dr Deidre Palmer
    • Columban Mission: Free resources to celebrate Season of Creation from Catholic sources
    • NCCA Letter: Minister for Energy & Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor
    • Anglican Board of Mission (ABM):  Climate for Change - A series of group studies about Christians and the Climate Crisis
    • WCC: Dr Louk Andrianos' reflection - “Confess the broken relationship with God”
  • International Day of Peace 2020

    2020 Theme: Shaping Peace Together

    Worldwide, 21 September is a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

    • Live Webinar - The Voice of Impartiality: Maintaining Peace Building in a Turbulent World  Monday 21 September 7-8 pm 
    • Virtual UN Peace Day EventShaping Peace Together - your peace, our peace, world peace  Monday 21 September 5.15-6.00 pm 

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The NCCA is 18 Christian Churches, gathered from across this wide brown land, who have embarked on a pilgrimage together. We each bring a widely varied history of place, experience, and theology, but we share a common faith and confession in the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour. We also share a common future as we are convinced that the future of Christians in Australia lies together, not in separation.

Bishop Huggins


"Jesus have mercy"

This prayer of our hearts focuses us in a world of many sorrows.

"Jesus have mercy". Some of us have been praying this for many years. It's a prayer that helps keep us centred in the One who is with us to the  end of time.

"All time is God's time", as St Benedict reminds us. This is a time in the NCCA story when we must live out the essence of our discipleship: our love for Jesus and our trust that our diverse Australian Church is undergoing renewal, in the divine providence.

There is plenty of analysis as to why renewal is needed. Many books have been written on the matter!

The key is to attentively now pray renewal into being, in the Spirit of the One who says "Look, I make all things new" (Revelation 21:5)

Hence "Receptive Ecumenism" is so helpful. Hence too, our encouragement that we all pray around noon each day for a change of heart in the human family. Especially given the level of violence and cruelty in the world.

Imagine if all our Churches and Chapels were 'powerhouses of prayer': people streaming in through open doors to kneel and pray "Jesus have mercy"

Let us make the space and time for our Saviour's grace to abide and renew. We actually know, as a matter of fact, don't we, why Jesus says "Those who abide in me and I them bear much fruit because apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15.7) Living this truth together, renewal will come as we link worship with care for one another and community engagement.

With prayers of gratitude for your all,

Bishop Philip Huggins



Member Church Head of Church
Anglican Church of Australia Archbishop Philip Freier
Antiochian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Archbishop Basilios Kodseie
Armenian Apostolic Church Archbishop Haigazoun Najarian
Assyrian Church of the East Archbishop Mar Meelis Zaia
Chinese Methodist Church in Australia Bishop Dr Albert Wong
Churches of Christ in Australia Rev John Gilmore
Congregational Federation of Australia Miriama Laumea
Coptic Orthodox Church
Diocese of Sydney & affiliated Regions
Bishop Daniel
Coptic Orthodox Church
Diocese of Melbourne & affiliated Regions
Fr Gergis Elantony
Greek Orthodox Church Archbishop Markarios Griniezakis
Indian Orthodox Church Bishop Yuhanon Mar Diascorus
Lutheran Church of Australia Bishop John Henderson
Mar Thoma Church Bishop Joseph Mar Barnabas
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Ann Zubrick
Roman Catholic Church Archbishop Mark Coleridge
Romanian Orthodox Church
Bishop Mihail
The Salvation Army
Commissioner Robert Donaldson
Syrian Orthodox Church Archbishop Mor Malatius Malki Malki
Uniting Church in Australia Dr Deidre Palmer

State and National Co-operation

The National Council of Churches in Australia is a national organisation that works in partnership with state ecumenical councils around Australia.

Forum and Board

While the National Forum of the Council meets every three years, ongoing oversight of the Council is provided by the Board, which is made up of nominated Directors from national churches. 

The central administrative body of the NCCA is the General Secretariat, headed by the General Secretary. 


The NCCA works through a number of Commissions, Networks, and Programs. These constitute the 'departments' of the NCCA and order its workplan.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission works ecumenically among Australian churches and wider society to advance indigenous rights and help the churches understand the implications of their history and their current policies and actions. With the NATSIEC’s guidance, the churches are working together for a fair deal for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and for the healing of our nation.

Act for Peace (previously known as Christian World Service)

Act for Peace is the international aid agency of the NCCA. Its focus is on assisting the most conflict and disaster-affected communities to be safe. Act for Peace supports ecumenical partners to do this in, and with communities displaced from, countries such as Syria, Iraq, Palestine, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Act for Peace manages the annual Christmas Bowl, which has been generously supported by Australian churches since 1948.

Faith and Unity

The NCCA's Faith and Unity Commission brings together theologians from the member churches who act in a voluntary capacity.

Justice Network

The Network operates to bring Churches together on common social justice, peace and care of creation issues, and drafts material for the Council as a whole. The Network operates with the support of the Churches on an entirely voluntary basis.

Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel

In 2006, the NCCA committed itself to establishing an Australian desk of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). The EAPPI is a program of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The EAPPI seeks to support local and international efforts to end the Israeli occupation and bring a resolution to the Israeli-Paestinian conflict with a just peace, based on international law and relevant United Nations resolutions. We are looking for volunteers to become Ecumenical Accompaniers in Israel & Palestine.

Safe Church Program

The Safe Church Program is an initiative of the NCCA and comprises the Safe Church Network of representatives of churches who are involved in aspects of Professional Standards and who provide support and input into NCCA Safe Church initiatives; the Safe as Churches? Conference events that are designed to provide networking and professional development opportunities for people involved in the prevention of and/or responding to church related misconduct and abuse issues, and the Safe Church Training Agreement, which facilitates quality, sustainable, accessible, Safe Church workshops for local church and congregation leaders and provides resources and a voice into the wider community on Child Safety matters.

Interfaith Dialogue

The NCCA is a founding partner in the Australian National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims and Jews (ANDCMJ). The Dialogue was officially 'launched' in March 2003 after 12 months of formal preparation, which was preceded by informal contact and discussions between the NCCA, AFIC (Australian Federation of Islamic Councils) and ECAJ (Executive Council of Australian Jewry).

The NCCA is a member of the Australian Partnership of Religious Organisations (APRO) from its beginnings in 2003.


The NCCA oversees two funds that are available for ecumenical work, the Ronald Wilson Ecumenical Leadership Fund and the Glenburnie Fund.




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Churches Working Together

mantle-172x123“The National Council of Churches in Australia gathers together in pilgrimage those Churches and Christian communities which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures and commit themselves to deepen their relationship with each other in order to express more visibly the unity willed by Christ for his Church, and to work together towards the fulfilment of their mission of common witness, proclamation and service, to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”

The National Council of Churches in Australia is an ecumenical council of member Australian Christian Churches.

The Ecumenical Movement in Australia

A brief history of the NCCA

The modern ecumenical movement began to take shape as the 19th century drew to a close. Initiatives among students and between Church mission agencies led the way. This country saw the formation of the Australian Student Christian Movement (1896) and the National Missionary Council (1926).

Out of the devastation of World War II sprang the Australian Committee for the World Council of Churches (1946). This developed into the Australian Council of Churches which, in 1994, gave way to the National Council of Churches in Australia.

The movement for Christian unity in this country was, initially, an Anglican and Protestant affair. Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches came in, in strength, during the 1960s and 70s. For Catholics, the 2nd Vatican Council opened up fresh possibilities for relationships with other Churches, and the transition to the National Council of Churches in Australia (1994) saw the Catholic Church become a full participant in Australia's national ecumenical body.

The NCCA is its eighteen member Churches in their commitment each to the others and all to the world for which Christ died. It works in collaboration with state ecumenical councils around Australia. It is an associate council of the World Council of Churches, a member of the Christian Conference of Asia and a partner of other national ecumenical bodies throughout the world. 
















The National Council of Churches in Australia administers the following ecumenical funds:



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