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April 2020 Issue 2

NCCA President reflects on Emmaus Sunday, invites us to use the Jesus Prayer and says a few words for Anzac Day.

"A time of memories, of sorrow and gratitude; a time for prayers."

Glenburnie LogoThe Glenburnie Program - Last week for applications

This funding program is intended to “provide resources for the churches and the community on issues relating to a just, participatory and sustainable society."

Closing date for applications: 30 April 2020. 

ACRTx150Current News on visa holders and asylum seekers: 

  • Refugee Council of Australia - NobodyLeftBehind 
  • Tasmania announces $3 million package to support visa holders
  • Plants as Partners - encouraging story from Collins Street Baptist Church

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Online Resources - COVID-19

The NCCA Safe Church Program has gathered resources from a variety of  agencies and organisations. These links have been added to a single page on the website and is made available for easy access to this information.

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24 – 31 May 2020

 

“They showed us unusual kindness” 

 

(Acts 28:2)

 The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Australia will be observed from 24 - 31 May 2020 in the week between Ascension and Pentecost.

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The Anglican Church of Australia has announced that Archbishop Geoffrey Smith of Adelaide has been elected as their new Primate. The new Primate took office on Tuesday 7 April 2020.

 

In Defense of Migrants’ Rights to Health, Livelihood and Life Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis

Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM) has released this paper as a reflection on the crisis, it's impacts to migrants, challenges posed by the crisis to grassroots organisations and advocates, as well as migration beyond the Covid19 pandemic.

Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.    (Proverbs 31: 8-9)

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Colossians: An Earth Bible Commentary, An Eco-Stoic Reading.

By: Vicky Balabanski, UCA Minister; Director,Biblical Studies - Adelaide College of Divinity & Uniting College for Leadership and Theology; Senior Lecturer, Biblical Studies, Flinders University, SA.

"Vicky Balabanski’s book is brilliant; well-crafted and outstanding in scholarship: biblical studies and philosophy."  The Rev'd Dr John Littleton

Lord and Master of my life...

'His Eminence Archbishop Makarios prayerfully calls upon the faithful to repentance through his explanation of this truly Orthodox prayer, “the Prayer of Great Lent.”'  His Grace Bishop Silouan of Sinope.

Special Commemorative Issue of PHRONEMA 

 The latest issue is dedicated to the blessed memory of Archbishop Stylianos (Harkianakis) of Australia (1935 – 2019).

The Ecumenical Review is a quarterly theological journal, founded at the same time as the World Council of Churches. This publication explores the potential and reality of Christian cooperation in faith and action.

DBDietrich Bonhoeffer: Critical Prophet of the Ecumenical Movement

 "...on 9 April 1945, the German Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, ... was hanged at Flossenbürg execution camp in Germany. He was 39." 

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Pastoral Letter from the Pacific Conference of Churches - 50th anniversary of Earth Day 

Rev James Bhagwan, General Secretary, Pacific Conference of Churches reflects on International Mother Earth Day in the context of COVID-19.

World Council of Churches

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Easter messages of hope from the World Council of Churches and the Jerusalem churches

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Videos in 25 community languages

In recent weeks various agencies have published  COVID-19 initiatives. Humans like us  have collated all these initiatives, to present it in one single platform on their website.

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The holy month of Ramadan begins this week on Friday 24 April and will continue to Saturday 24 May 2020.

Yom Hashoah 2020

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies have released a video from the 2020 virtual Holocaust Commemoration.

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Give now to the work of the NCCA. Just click on the donate button.  

The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed.

(Prov.11:25 The Message)