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Monday, 06 September 2010 15:08

Minutes 7th Forum

 Download a PDF  of the full Minutes of the 7th Forum of the National Council of Churches in Australia

Numbering of Resolutions has been finalised and is included in the attached PDF of the full 7th Forum Minutes.

 Below are the Resolutions brought to the 7th Forum by the Churches
these resolutions are included in the PDF downloadable above

Moved by the Anglican Church
Seconded by the Catholic Church
Supported by the Uniting Church
.......and the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

It was resolved that:

this Forum requests the Executive, until the next Forum, to

  1. Give priority in its meetings to matters of
    ....a) Faith and Order / Unity and in particular
    ...........i. developments in national and international dialogues
    ...........ii. obstacles to progress in dialogues and means to overcome them
    ....b) Mission, and in particular
    ...........i. strengthening member churches as they go about mission in Australian society and globally
    ...........ii. facilitating cooperation in mission among the churches
    ....c) Significant public issues and the shape of Australian society in global context, and in particular
    ...........i. Promoting understanding of key issues through research, analysis and study
    ...........ii. Formulating joint statements to convey the views of member churches to the wider community
    ...........iii. Developing shared plans for advocacy and action
    ....d) Indigenous issues and concerns as guided by NATSIEC.
  2. Consider whether, and if so how, changes in NCCA structures, processes and resource allocation might
    better serve these priorities;
  3. Implement pilot changes where appropriate; and
  4. Report to the next Forum with any recommendations

Member Churches
Moved by the Anglican Church
Seconded by the Mar Thoma Church

It was resolved that

the Forum, rejoices as we receive Churches into membership of the NCCA; and

  • recalling that the trust and friendship which mark relationships among the member Churches
    developed through intentional conversations in years gone by; and
  • seeking similar bonds with those Churches which have more recently become members

therefore recommends that the NCCA Executive consider establishing a framework for conversation in
areas such as our various church structures, our worship life and the different gifts we can bring to the
life of the NCCA.

Moved by the Armenian Apostolic and Coptic Orthodox Churches
Seconded by the Indian Orthodox and Mar Thoma Churches

It was resolved that

  • member Churches be encouraged to include young people in their delegation.
  • future Forums have member Churches nominate two youth members as observers to accompany

the church delegation so to encourage the preservation of the Ecumenical youth footprint.

Moved by the Indian Orthodox and Mar Thoma Churches
Seconded by the Armenian Apostolic and Coptic Orthodox Churches

It was resolved that

future Forums have time allocated for the youth delegates and observers to discuss current issues facing
the youth of churches today.

Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Moved by the Uniting Church
Seconded by the Churches of Christ

It was resolved that

the NCCA, while affirming the Australian Government’s right and responsibility to ensure legitimate border

  1. Request the major political parties
    ....a) to stop engendering fear and anxiety in the Australian population by using asylum seekers,
    ........vulnerable people fleeing conflict and persecution, for political advantage;
    ....b) to work for a humane, bipartisan approach to this issue that fulfils our international obligations
    ........and enhances Australia’s reputation as a just and humane global citizen; and
    ....c) to meet Australia’s responsibilities by:
    ............i.  treating asylum seekers humanely,
    ............ii. processing asylum applications expeditiously, and
    ............iii.accommodating and processing in Australia asylum seekers who reach Australian territory .
  2. In making this request we remind all political parties
    ....a) that asylum seekers are not illegal immigrants and have rights under international law to seek
    ........protection from persecution; and
    ....b) that Australia has committed, as a signatory to the Refugee Convention, to assess each asylum
    ........seeker case according to agreed criteria
  3. the General Secretary be asked to send this proposal to all Federal Parliamentarians; and to issue a
    media release to this effect.

Moved by the Roman Catholic Church
Seconded by the Uniting Church

It was resolved that

  1. it be noted that article 22.02 of the Constitution states that “Each member Church shall make
    financial contributions to the NCCA according to guidelines approved by the Executive.”
  2. the Finance Committee be asked to bring appropriate guidelines to the next meeting of the
    Executive for approval.

Rights of Indigenous People
Moved by the Anglican Church
Seconded by the Catholic Church

It was resolved that

  1. the NCCA notes the Australian Government has adopted the United Declaration of the Rights of
    Indigenous Peoples (DRIP).
  2. the Executive Committee be requested to consult with NATSIEC and bring to the next NCCA Forum
    for approval or, if possible introduce beforehand, proposals for an appropriate response to DRIP in
    the day to day work of the NCCA.

Palestine & Israel
Moved by the Uniting Church
Seconded by the Anglican Church

It was resolved that

the 7th National Forum

  1. Reiterates the decisions of the NCCA Executive in March 2008 to “affirm the right of the state of
    Israel to exist, and to exist within secure internationally-recognised borders”2 and to “affirm the right
    of the people of Palestine to be freed from more than 40 years of military occupation by Israel, (and)
    to live within secure internationally-recognised borders”.

  2. ....a) Welcomes the Kairos Palestine document of December 2009 prepared by Palestinian Christians
    ........and supported by the 13 Jerusalem Heads of Churches as the “Christian Palestinians’ word to
    ........the world about what is happening in Palestine”.4
    ....b) Notes that the Kairos Palestine document provides a serious theological reflection on the
    ........situation facing the Palestinian people, and on the basis of that reflection addresses requests to
    ........Christians and churches throughout the world, to the international community, to Jewish and
    ........Muslim religious leaders, and to Palestinians and Israelis; and concludes with a cry of hope,
    ........believing that “God’s goodness will finally triumph over the evil of hate and of death that still
    ........persist in our land”.
  3. In a spirit of repentance for past silence and indifference:
    ....a) adds the voice of the National Council of Churches in Australia to Christian voices throughout
    ........the world calling for an early end to the occupation of Palestine through a freely and peacefully
    ........negotiated solution in accordance with international law and United Nations resolutions; and
    ....b) adds the voice of the National Council of Churches in Australia to Christian voices throughout
    ........the world condemning all acts of terrorism.
  4. In particular the National Council of Churches in Australia:
    ....a) affirms the solidarity of the National Council of Churches in Australia with Palestinian Christians
    ........and assures Palestinians that the National Council of Churches in Australia will continue to
    ........advocate and act for an end to the occupation and for an end to the injustice and suffering borne
    ........by the Palestinian people;
    ....b) in response to the requests in the Kairos document, calls on the member Churches of the
    ........National Council of Churches in Australia and the wider Australian community to consider a
    ........boycott of goods produced by Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories;
    ....c) requests member Churches to advise the NCCA General Secretary of the outcome of their
    ....d) requests Act for Peace to provide regular information to the member Churches to assist ongoing
    ........actions on the boycott; and
    ....e) welcomes the easing of the Israeli blockade of Gaza in recent days and calls for an immediate
    ........end to the blockade.
  5. Requests Christians involved in inter-faith conversations among Christians, Jews and/or Muslims to
    include the subject matter of these resolutions in those conversations.
  6. Requests the General Secretary to convey these resolutions to the Prime Minister, the Minister for
    Foreign Affairs, the Leader of the Opposition, the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, all members
    of Federal Parliament, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, the Australian Federation of
    Islamic Councils and other individuals and groups as the General Secretary and the President so
  7. Requests the General Secretary to issue a media release relating to these decisions as soon as


From Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia

dowload a pdf of this release

Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia, is responding immediately to assist the flood ravaged people of Pakistan with emergency assistance as the death toll soars beyond 1,100 and disease outbreaks emerge.

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)

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

space_-_white Information space_-_white space_-_whitePre-Forum Event

 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

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