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August 2021 Issue 2

Better Futures Forum, Australia

Three brief reflections by Bishop Philip Huggins from his closing reflection Tuesday 17 August 2021

.... We pray for mercy - for divine compassion - so that, yes, “Love finds a way”. 


  • Australia Prays - 22 August 2021

  • Prayers from the NCCA President and Ecumenical partners

Season of Creation

Wednesday 1 September through to Monday 4 October

Ahead of the celebration of God's wonderful creation we have the sobering IPCC report and the uplifting Catholic Social Justice Statement 2021-22. 

Myanmar’s ravaging hit of COVID-19 along with human rights violations is a matter of serious concern.

“Myanmar faces one of the world’s highest fatality rates relative to its population, yet it is probably an undercount, something which the military junta has implicitly acknowledged,” said Mathews George Chunakara, CCA General Secretary 

Helping Afghanistan and our Afghan communities here in Australia

In the last few days, Taliban forces have taken control of all Afghanistan's major cities. Almost 390,000 people have been displaced, and tens of thousands now need urgent humanitarian assistance. 

NCCA and many other organisations have written to Government seeking commitment. Australians have joined in with open letters and pleas to the Federal Government for support and compassion. Raise your voice too.


Update from Act for Peace's partner in Afghanistan

  • Prayers - please pray for the people of Afghanistan  
  • Afghanistan Emergency appeal - help provide urgently needed food, shelter, and health supplies to displaced families in Afghanistan

Sharing resources to ensure Safer Churches

  • National Child Protection Week: 5-11 September

  • AASW Webinar Recording: Using legal and psycho-social interventions to respond to Elder Abuse

Pacific Island countries need urgent action

  • Te Mana o te Moana: Greenpeace Report on Pacific Island Countries 

  • Fiji calls on Australia to adopt more ambitious emissions targets

  • Urgent climate action: prayers ahead of UN COP26

'Reframing climate and creation care communications for Christians’

The Brisbane and Grafton Anglican Deans are co-hosting an online workshop. All interested clergy, lay people, communications staff and key church advocates are invited to join this workshop.

When: Wednesday 29 September 2021

Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) runs free, non-judgmental peer to peer mental health support groups.

Four groups are meeting in the last week of August. 

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