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July 2017 Issue 2

Sr Elizabeth Delaney sgs

Dear friends

Each Monday morning at our National Council of Churches in Australia office, a number of staff gather for prayer. We reflect on the readings from the liturgy of the previous day, include in our intentions one of our member churches and one of our state councils or WCC or the Christian Conference of Asia. 

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Burkina Faso and Spain

Let us pray for the people in these places, ther lives in tumult after the recent terrorist attacks.

The Churches of Papua

Let us pray for the Churches of Papua with the recent report of police arrests at protests in Papua.

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1 September was proclaimed a Day of Prayer for Creation by the Orthodox in 1989 and repeated by Pope Francis in 2015.  The season takes us through to the feast of St. Francis on 4 October. Christians of all denominations and locations are invited to participate in an ecumenical Season of Creation.

 

15 - 21 October 2017 

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Reduce poverty and hardship by taking part in an activity organised by others or organize an activity yourself.

Activities such as conferences, seminars, forums, performances, media events etc are always great. Maybe even invite your local MP or Mayor to attend.

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After the recent news in relation to the Commonwealth Bank what are the next steps in this campaign?

 

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Urban refugees

Jordan is home to 600,000 Syrian refugees. Most live in urban areas on the outskirts of the city. Without the opportunity to earn an income, many are struggling to pay for even the most basic necessities, like food and rent. 

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It is vital to have a Code of Conduct signed by all your staff, volunteers, leaders, Ministers, Priests, and anyone involved within your church to ensure that all involved representing your church understand acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.  

Code of Conduct

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A Code of Conduct can be described as a set of statements that set out what your church considers to be acceptable, expected and unacceptable behaviour by leaders.

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Ruthann Richardson

Ruthann is the new Head of Fundraising for Act for Peace (AfP) and has been working in that role since June 2017. Ruthann and her team are responsible for raising the funds needed to support the Act for Peace programs around the world. This includes many different activities, including the mail and online appeals, and of course the Christmas Bowl which Ruthann and her team are busy planning for at this time of the year. 

Anglican Church of Australia

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Pray for the General Synod 2017

The Anglican Church will shortly be holding its 17th session of the General Synod, which will take place from 3- 8 September 2017 in Maroochydore Queensland.

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Tuesday 22 September 2017, 6:30pm for a 7:30 start.

Archbishop Michael L. Fitzgerald and Assoc. Prof. Salih Yucel in conversation with Dr Zuleyha Keskin.

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It is the 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg Cathedral in 1517.

Come and celebrate the event. Sing hymns composed by Martin Luther and other Reformation hymn writers.

Thursday 21 September 2017, 7:30 - 9:30pm St Finbar’s Church, Glenbrook NSW

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Together be the Light in Dark Times: Sparking an Interfaith Movement of Hope

Come together this weekend. Join with other young people from diverse faith backgrounds at Youth PoWR (Parliament of the World's Religions) to have a voice in shaping our multi-religious, multicultural society.

When: Sunday, August 20, 2017 14:00 17:00

Where: Santa Sabina College, 90 The Boulevarde Strathfield, NSW