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August 2020 Issue 1

Prayer: National Prayer to end the Pandemic

Reflection: from Rev Ian Smith, Executive Officer Victorian Council of Churches (VCC) 

Candles at curfew:  As Melbourne enters Stage 4 restrictions.

On Tuesday 4 August, explosions tore through a port warehouse in Beirut, Lebanon killing more than 150 people and injuring thousands.

The NCCA offers our condolences to the victims and their families at this dreadful time. We encourage our member Churches to pray for those grieving, injured and homeless.

Thursday 6 August 2020

An anniversary of two kinds of Light. One of wonder, the other of terror. 

Interfaith Open Letter - 75 anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The NCCA joins leaders of faith groups and organisations across Australia in urging the Australian Government to sign and ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

ACRTx150Access to COVID-19 safety net

Victorian Government assistance for temporary and provisional visa holders - coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ration Challenge 2020

Join the challenge Sunday 13 – Saturday 19 September 2020

More than one in every 100 people on Earth have been forced from their homes by conflict or disaster.

Sign up now for the Ration Challenge. Let’s show we really are #inthistogether 

 Australian Church Leaders raise their voices

Micah Australia has asked Australian Christian Leaders to sign a joint letter to the Prime Minister on COVID-19 and the Aid Budget.

NCCA President, Bishop Philip Huggins has added his signature to this letter and has become an Ambassador in the #End COVID for All campaign 

Save the date

Safeguarding Leadership Introductory Session for National Church Leaders

This CPSL training was piloted in partnership with National Council of Churches Australia—Safe Church Program.

Dates: 30 September - 1 October 2020 

Bells toll for the future of the Earth

Saturday 22 August marks the day that we have collectively used up the Earth’s resources for the remainder of this year. Across Australia, Churches are invited to come together to toll their bells and hold prayer services to mark Earth Overshoot Day.

World Council of Churches 

  • 4 part webinar series: “Churches on the Road to an Economy of Life and Ecological Justice”  - Part 3 open for registrations
  • New toolkit: Empowering churches to work with children and youth for climate justice 

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  • New 2022 date decided for WCC 11th Assembly 
  • WCC Blog posts on Nuclear Weapons from Japan's churches and the Pacific nations


Trilateral Conversation's final report on baptism published

The final report is the conclusion of theological discussions between Lutheran, Mennonite and Roman Catholic communities. 

Spend 24-hours with COMPASSION!

Celebrate Compassion around the World. Hear stories ⁓ be challenged ⁓ leave inspired

Date & Time: 14 August 2020 at 5:00 pm (US PDT) to 15 August 2020 at 5:00 pm US PDT)  

Exploring multilingualism, religion and spirituality in Australia

The New South Wales Ecumenical Council are inviting people to be part of a new book which will include your voice, your language and your community.

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