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August 2019 Issue 2

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Reflecting on welcoming

Whilst in the bush, visiting family, on the Sunday morning I turned up at the little St David's Ruffy Uniting Church. "Just a bloke visiting family". 

What touched me was their careful welcome, the prayerful imagination with which worship was ordered and the kindly way parishioners shared news of those in need.

James Bhagwan

A Climate Plea to Australia's Prime Minister   

"...show moral courage and decency by putting the needs of innocent people over those of big business and vested interests" urges Rev James Bhagwan, General Secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches writing in the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC)

The Victorian Court of Appeal has today announced that, in a 2-1 decision, Cardinal George Pell's appeal against his convictions for child sexual abuse offences has been dismissed.

The Catholic Bishops of Australia believe all Australians must be equal under the law and accept today’s judgement accordingly.

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Send a letter to the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition and your Local Member of Parliament. Stand in solidarity with recent statements asking for clemency and a humanitarian solution to the situation offshore for refugees on Manus Island and Nauru.

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Pastors Forum - Sydney

Early bird tickets available till 23 August 2019 

An invitation for pastors and Christian leaders who are leading their people towards prayer and action to end modern slavery.

When: 4 September 2019  9:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Scots Church,44 Margaret St, SYDNEY NSW

Sr BAx150An invitation to join Catholic Social Services Victoria to celebrate their work and strengthen links between those who are active within the broad community of service. It will also be an occasion that will honour Sr Brigid Arthur csb (pictured) with Life Membership. 

Sr Brigid is a long standing and active member of Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce (ACRT).

When: Friday 30 August, 6:30pm for 7:30pm
Where: Catholic Leadership Centre, East Melbourne.

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2019 Theme: “Climate Action for Peace”

#peaceday #ClimateAction

This year's theme draws attention to the importance of combatting climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world.

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Armenian priest, composer, ethnomusicologist, choral conductor and teacher.

Featuring the Armenian String Quartet from Armenia.

When: Friday 18 October, 2019 
Where: The Concourse, Concert Hall, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood NSW

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The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C) has recently released their new quarterly publication titled ENGAGE.

We encourage you check out the new publication, read the news items and find out what events are coming to the ACC&C.

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Newstart is not working. There’s been no real increase in 25 years

13 - 19 October 2019

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Poverty exists. Poverty hurts us all. We can all do something about it.

Anti-Poverty Week supports the Australian community to have an increased understanding of poverty and to take action to collectively end it.

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Good decisions: Achieving fairness in refugee law, policy and practice. How do you decide?

Registrations open - Learn the  latest research, strategy and analysis about refugee decision-making

When: Tuesday 26 November 2019 9:00am to 5:00pm 
Where: Law Theatre G04, Ground Floor, Law Building, UNSW Kensington Campus, NSW 

CCA

NCCA Congratulates Dr Mathews George Chunakara

The Christian Conference of Asia's Executive Committee has unanimously re-elected General Secretary Dr Chunakara for second term. In doing so, he is the third General Secretary in the 62 year history of the CCA to be re-elected for a second term.

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Freedom of Religion in a pluralist society

Responsibility, Respect, Dignity

A Forum of prominent Religious and Spiritual Leaders.

Date: Saturday 31 August 2019 11:00am to 3:30pm
Venue: Swinburne University of Technology, Advanced Technology Centre, 427-451 Burwood Road, Hawthorn VIC 

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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)