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August 2019 Issue 1

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Reflecting on Transfiguration

It is early morning. I am preparing for Eucharist on the Feast of Transfiguration, Jesus’ radiance on that mountain up from Galilee. As I work, I reflect on the painting below by Australian artist Hans Heysen, it is called, “Droving into the Light”.

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Recent Meetings with Government

Bishop Philip Huggins attended the Prime Minister’s roundtable meeting with faith representatives in Sydney.

Liz Stone and Bishop Huggins participated in the Child Safety Sector Leadership Group meeting in Canberra.

"Transforming Cultures: Listening, Reflecting, Acting"

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17 - 18 September 2019 - Mercure Hotel, Brisbane QLD

Register online. Tickets selling fast.

The 9th biennial Safer Churches Conference will be the first conference held by the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) Safe Church Program since the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommendations were released in December 2017.

The theme for the conference will provide the framework across the two-day event. 


New Resource and Current Changes

Thank you to Caz Coleman who has retired from her position as Executive Officer for ACRT during July. We are grateful for her service over many years, her compassion and commitment and encourage reading of a new resource prepared by Caz: Return to Homeland Guide that is available from the ACRT website. 

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Bells toll for the future of the Earth

Across Australia, many NCCA Members rang their Church bells 12 times for the 12 years that the Earth has left until catastrophic harm is done to the environment.

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NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect) has extended an invitation to faith-based organisations across Australia to play their part in National Child Protection Week in the first week of September.

Ration Challenge 2019

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To every single one of you who took part in the Ration Challenge during Refugee Week, Sunday 16 June – Sunday 23 June 2019. Thank you to all your generous family, friends and colleagues. 

Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Sydney and Affiliated Regions


50th Anniversary Celebration

Our Coptic brothers and sisters celebrated their golden jubilee at a formal dinner on Sunday 4 August 2019. In attendance were Church leaders, NSW Premier, state officials and parliamentarians along with many of the faithful Coptic congregation.

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Making it real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world

The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2019 – 2020 affirms the positive possibilities for encounter and solidarity offered by new digital media, while warning of those elements of our digital world that may be harmful.

The 2019–2020 Statement can now be ordered from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC).

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This new resource website, developed by the Migration Council Australia in collaboration with the Australian Government, has now been launched. 


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Representatives of Christian churches are urging Christians to celebrate September as the “Season of Creation” in an effort to raise awareness about climate change.

1 September was proclaimed a Day of Prayer for Creation by the Orthodox in 1989 and repeated by Pope Francis in 2015.



ARRCC organisers are excited to offer this rare opportunity for people of faith to be empowered to respond effectively to the climate crisis.

Register now! 

Where: Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall St, Barton ACT
When: Friday 8 to Sunday 10 November 2019


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A night with Osama Sami

JCMA is excited to be hosting an event with Osama Sami, the author of “Good Muslim Boy” and the writer and star of the film “Ali’s Wedding”.

Date: Saturday 24 August 2019 7:00pm for 7:20 start 
Venue: Cardinal Knox Centre Theatre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne 

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4 National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day
5-11 Homelessness Prevention Week 
9 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
12 International Youth Day 
17 1971: Swearing-in of Senator Neville Bonner, first Aboriginal Australian to hold seat in Federal Parliament 
19  World Humanitarian Day
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