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August 2018 Issue 1

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PRAYERS FOR THE DROUGHT

Prolonged drought is severely affecting rural NSW and Queensland. Farmers and graziers are hardest hit. Drought quenching rain is needed.

 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” (1 John 5:14)

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The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce (ACRT) has developed a pamphlet which outlines the ways in which we can advocate for the dignity of refugees and asylum seekers. It contains practical ways to make a difference. 

 

 

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On 6 August, 1945 at 8.15 am the world's first nuclear attack was realised. The world had entered the atomic age.

We remember this and the similar attack three days later on Nagasaki and pray for this nuclear tragedy never to be repeated.

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Financial Representatives of Australian National Churches (FRANC)

Date grabber: 17th and 18th of October 2018

The next FRANC gathering will be held in Melbourne. A dinner will be held on the 17 October 2018. The 18 October 2018 will be a daytime event. Please place this in your diaries and plan to be there!

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Public Lecture  Challenges and Opportunities for Ecumenism: Present and Future
His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos of London
When: Wednesday 22 August 2018
Where: NCCA & NSWEC rooms, level 7, 379 Kent Street Sydney 
Time: 5.00pm - 7.00 pm

A Night of Unity - 1 in Christ
A spiritual evening of prayer and praise with Catholic and Orthodox performances in English and Arabic.
When: Wednesday 22 August 2018
Where: St John the beloved Melkite Catholic Church, 20 Waterloo Road Greenacre NSW 
Time: 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start 

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Knapsack for the Journey of Faith: Pilgrimage Bible Studies

World Council of Churches - Theological Study Group

You are invited to reflect on the diverse stories of these pilgrimages in the Bible and connect the dialogue between biblical contexts and contemporary contexts.

Genesis 12: 1-9 “Pilgrimage onto already-settled land”, by Jione Havea

Multifaith Climate Change Petition

Public Lecture - Sydney
Good evidence, bad politics: Overcoming the noise in climate change and migration policy
Date: 23 August 2018
Time: 6.00-7.30pm
Venue: Allens, Deutsche Bank Place 126 Phillip St, Sydney NSW 

SoC logox150Invitation to join the Season of Creation

2018 theme: Walking Together

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. 

14 - 20 October 2018 

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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.

Act for Peace Board seeks non-executive Directors

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The international aid and development agency of the NCCA is looking to build a skills based Board. People are sought with specific skills and experience in business development, fundraising strategy, and finance and risk. 

Share our passion for our cause and become part of our future. 

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Catholic-Lutheran dialogue yields fruits for reflection 
A nine-year long process by a Lutheran-Roman Catholic Study Commission on Unity has closed its work... 

WCC offers condolences in wake of Indonesia earthquakes
The World Council of Churches (WCC) reached out with condolences to people who have lost loved ones after the earthquakes that rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok.

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Young Ambassadors of Peace in Asia (YAPA) - 2018 “Towards Peace with Justice and Human Security,” 
The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) offers this training to prospective ambassadors of peace.
When: 14 to 20 October, 2018
Where: Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Applications are open until 20 August 2018.

The Christian Conference of Asia offers prayers for the victims of earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia

INtf sydx150August Affinity Lunchtime lectures 
Interpersonal Relationships and Human Rights - Thursday 16 August 2018
The Anthropocene: Challenges of the Human Age - Wednesday 29 August 2018

Trump’s America and how it has impacted us, the peoplRabbi Bob Kaplan in conversation with Jon Owen, Pastor of Wayside Chapel
When: Wednesday 22 August 2018, 7.00pm
Where: Community Hall, Wayside Chapel, 29 Hughes St Potts Point 

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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)