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Monday, 19 April 2010 14:31

The Covenanting Process in Australia

In 2004, at the fifth National Forum of the NCCA, in Adelaide, a very significant step was taken when a Multi-dimensional Covenanting Document was endorsed, signed and celebrated. It was the product of eight years of reflection and consultation. It was a renewed expression of the commitment churches had made to one another through their membership of the NCCA, specifying that commitment in particular undertakings. It has also been very well received internationally as a gift and model to the world.

Yet the event in Adelaide, momentous though it was, was always understood to be part of a process that would continue. This Commission has played a motivating role in that process, and during the years since 2004 has sought to remind the churches of the consequences of the commitment made. The purpose of this role has also been articulated in the WCC Assembly statement, “Called to be the One Church”, in which each church is reminded of the call to ‘mutual accountability’.

Australian Churches Covenanting Together Forum 2016  

pdf Australian Churches Covenanting Together (183 KB)

pdf A5 pamphlet of Australian Churches Covenanting Together (177 KB)

pdf Commission reflections on the Covenanting process 2009 (25 KB)

Examples of Covenanting in Australia

Covenants have been agreed in many places and at several levels of church life in Australia (including between parishes & congregations and between different member Church dioceses). Contact your local State or Territory Ecumenical Body for details of local covenanting. From local experiences practical assistance may also be possible.

pdf Click here for a helpful introduction to Covenanting Locally (44 KB)

The following are just a few examples of local and diocesan covenants in operation in Australia:

pdf Epping Covenant (7 KB)

pdf Gosford Covenant (39 KB)

pdf Wollombi Covenant (193 KB)

pdf Gresford-Paterson Covenant (57 KB)

pdf Some other examples of Covenants in ACT and NSW (311 KB)

pdf Maitland-Newcastle-Broken Bay Tri-Diocesan Covenant (5 KB)

pdf Covenanting Congregations in Victoria (25 KB)

pdf Bathurst Anglican - Catholic Diocesan Covenant (1.19 MB)

Click to download Media Release in PDF Format

from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission (NATSIEC)

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission (NATSIEC) urges Senators to vote against the Bill currently before them on Welfare Reform and Reinstatement of the Racial Discrimination Act.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010 01:00

Global Aid Alliance Launched in Australia

a joint media release from Act for Peace (NCCA), AngliCORD (Anglican) and Australian Lutheran World Service

Australian aid and development agencies today announced the launch of one of the world’s largest international relief and development alliances.

The new ACT Alliance will deliver AUD $1.6 billion in aid each year to combat poverty, injustice, and human rights abuses, and also provide support in the wake of emergencies.


ACT Alliance is made up of 100 organisations from across the globe working in 125 countries with people of all faiths for positive and sustainable change. ACT Alliance members work to provide emergency food aid, shelter, water and sanitation facilities, and community-based development programs in some of the world’s poorest countries.
From Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia

Revd. Dr.  Andre Karamaga, General Secretary of the All African Conference of Churches (AACC), will present Australian audiences with an African perspective to the raging climate change and aid effectiveness debates which have divided Australians.

Karamaga will also alert the Australian public to the church’s role as a peace keeper in the wars that plague the African continent and draw from his personal experience as a Rwandan leader, who lost family during the Genocide. 

Monday, 01 March 2010 13:56

Draft Program

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 as at 10 June 2010


Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

Day Five


Friday July 9

Saturday July 10

Sunday July 11

Monday July 12

Tuesday July 13





Worship in




 Bible Study
with John Gibaut

 Bible Study
with John Gibaut

 Bible Study
with John Gibaut



Civic Greetings

Local Churches

NATSIEC. F&U, Safe Churches

Future Directions
Feedback #3



President's Address






Morning Tea


Morning Tea

Morning Tea



General Secretary's Address


Future Directions
Feedback #1





+ Presentation of President's Search Committee



Closing Worship

New Executive Meet








Arrival and Registration


Challenges of our Culture

/Table Groups
Faith & Unity Commission (F&U)
Christian World Service (CWS)

Programme Reporting
(choose 3)
2. CWS
3. F&U
4. SJN
5. Secretariat

3x45 Mins 2x10 to move 

Focus Sessions

+ The Churches on the Road










Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea



4.45 - 6.00
Opening Actions:
4.45 Welcome to Country
5.00 Opening Worship
5.20 Purpose of the Forum
5.30 Introductions / Prelim Actions
5.40 New Member Church

Report Finance Discussion
- Resourcing the NCCA


5.00 Prayer 


Future Directions
(choose 1)
1. Faith & Order
2. Mission
3. Social/Public Issues

2x25 min & 1x10 min to move

Beginning to Shape
the Future

Future Directions
Feedback #2




5.10 Denominational

5.10 Denominational









Church/State Relations
The Church, Our Nation and Social Inclusion - Sen. Ursula Stephens

Free Evening

Ecumenical Worship
(the general public are
encouraged to attend
this service with the
Forum Participants)

Public Lecture
A New Ecumenical Wave - Fr G Kelly



Evening Prayer



Evening Prayer


Wednesday, 03 February 2010 09:44

NCCA Ecumenical Bookshop

Books available through the National Council of Churches Australia:

All books given away freely. Simply pay postage or collect from the NCCA office.

For a copy of the  pdf 2019 NCCA bookshop Library Catalogue click here (4.10 MB) .   

NB. Most books are available in multiple copies. If you would like to request more than one, please feel free to do so.

Send and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating the title and author of the book you require, your contact address and phone number, or advise us of the date and time that you would like to collect from our Sydney office.

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Monday, 01 February 2010 01:00

NCCA Pre-Forum Event

The Faith and Unity Commission Presents
100 Years of the Ecumenical Movement: Opening Horizons for the 21st Century

In conjunction with a course offered by the Centre for Ecumenical Studies that runs prior to the forum, the Faith and Unity pre-forum day event will focus on models of ecumenical engagement. The event will include The WCC Faith and Unity Commission representative, John Gibaut, as the main speaker, amongst a panel of other representatives from the ecumenical field.

Sunday, 26 September 2004 00:00

Social Justice Sunday 2004

Security at all Costs? 


A Christian reflection on where to draw the line

Social Justice Sunday 26 September 2004

Published 2004

© NCCA Social Justice Sunday 2004 project team

© rests with the original authors as acknowledged

All Bible quotations are from the Holy Bible New Revised Standard Version (1993) Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House

This kit is published for use by congregations and church groups and we encourage reproduction with proper acknowledgement.


Valuing Security was produced by the Social Justice Network of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA). The Social Justice Sunday 2004 project team included: Rev. Elenie Poulos (Project Manager, Social Justice Sunday 2004), Rev. Dr Ann Wansbrough (NCCA Social Justice Network), Rev. Jon Inkpin (NCCA Decade to Overcome Violence Program), Theo Mackaay (The Social Responsibilities Commission, Anglican Province of Western Australia), John Ferguson (Australian Catholic Social Justice Council), Heather den Houting and Colleen Geyer (Queensland Synod, Uniting Church in Australia), Father Augustinos Nada (Coptic Orthodox Church), Major Margaret Sanz (Salvation Army), and Tanya Richmond (Uniting Church in Australia, UnitingJustice Australia)

The team would like to thank the following people for their invaluable help with the project: Rev. John Henderson (NCCA), Sr Suzette Clarke rsc (Australian Catholic Social Justice Council), Dr Mark Zirnsak (Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania) and Dr Hannah Middleton

This project has been partly funded by the Glenburnie Programme.

Designed by the Uniting Church in Australia NSW Synod Communications Unit.

Printed in Australia by Lindwall & Ward Printing Pty Ltd Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia on 100% recycled Australian made paper and board using soy inks.

Social Justice Sunday: 26 September 2004

Copies of this kit are available from: National Council of Churches in Australia 379 Kent Street Sydney, NSW  2000

Phone: (02) 9299-2215 Fax: (02) 9262-4514 or download from the website http://www.ncca.org.au/departments/social_justice_network

Wednesday, 27 January 2010 10:56

7th National Forum

9th - 13th of July 2010

Rydges Capital Hill, Canberra, ACT