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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 an equitable distribution of the world's resources, 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 a say in 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 sustained indefinitely for all people.


The object of the Program is to encourage the Australian churches and community to consider and act on issues relating to the search for a just, participatory and sustainable society.

This goal will is to be implemented by such means as:

a) Helping Australian Christians participate in the struggle for global justice and peace and ecological wellbeing, and to link local concerns with global perspectives.

b) Exploring how the resources and experience of the worldwide ecumenical movement in relation to the JPSS issues may contribute to the discipleship and renewal of Christians in local congregations using existing networks within the churches.

c) Participating in the struggles of people across the world over JPSS issues by sharing in an ecumenical spirituality which respects the diversity of liturgical traditions and links worship, prayer and Bible study with political engagement.

d) Providing JPSS training for future generations of ecumenical leaders, both clergy and lay.

e) Providing resources to support such JPSS-focussed activities.

The administration of the Program is undertaken by the Glenburnie Program Committee which is appointed by the NCCA Board. 

Examples of recent grants are:

  • 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 can mean that although projects may fit the guidelines they may not receive any funding or the desired level of funding.

How to apply

Download and complete The Glenburnie Program application form.

Applications close 30 April 2020.

Applicants should base their case and their application for funds on the Glenburnie Program Guidlines 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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