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December 2019 Issue 1

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A story and three reflections from UN COP 25 Madrid 2019, by Bishop Philip Huggins

Inspiring our courage to act and adapt in a climate emergency

Just prior to coming here we released our video of Australian school girls from Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School singing “What the World needs now is Love”, juxtaposed with imagery of the world they are inheriting.

Lifesaving Medevac Legislation to be repealed

"...the Government must immediately open a humane resettlement pathway for people detained on PNG and Nauru and guarantee that those seriously ill people will receive the appropriate health care."

Geoff and Tracey Robinson awarded Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal

The NCCA congratulates Geoff and Tracey on being recognised by the Australian Government for their wonderful work with Act for Peace. They were awarded the honour for their service in Vanuatu in response to Cyclone Pam, which hit the island nation in March 2015.

NCCA Safe Church Program, Act for Peace and partners

The NCCA Safe Church Program staff are happy to announce their move to a permanent Melbourne address, from late January 2020 

New office:
Level 6, 608 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC.
The Safe Church Program's office will be closed from Christmas through New Year until Monday 13 January 2020. Please expect delays with emails and phone messages during this time.

2019 - 70th anniversary of the Christmas Bowl

Bringing peace to Sri Lankan refugees returning home 

The prophet Isaiah told people who had lost their homeland and who had been through enormous suffering that they could live in peace and harmony again. He was considered radical for speaking of such miracles. But his message resonates with this year's Christmas Bowl, as we support Sri Lankan refugees to return home and build peaceful new lives after years of civil war. 

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The NCCA administers three separate ecumenical funding programs. These will be open for applications in 2020, for projects requiring funding in the 2020-2021 financial year.

The Glenburnie Program - for ecumenical projects that enable work in justice, participation and sustainability

The Ronald Wilson Ecumenical Leadership Fund - to enlarge young leaders' ecumenical experience

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development Fund - to assist First Nation peoples to develop their communities and their participation in wider Australia. 

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ICAN has good news and we want to share it with you

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons just reached 80 signatories, with 33 states parties! The newest signatory is Nauru, one of our closest neighbours in the Pacific. The treaty will enter into force after it acquires 50 states parties. 

Serving Communities with Courage and Compassion 

EARLY BIRD PRICES extended to 18 December 2019

When: Wednesday 26 - Friday 28 February 2020
Where: Catholic Leadership Centre, East Melbourne VIC

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Transforming Ecumenism - "listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches" (Rev 2:7)

Monday 22 – Thursday 25 June 2020, Sigtuna, Sweden 

NCCA sponsorship for a young adult to attend this conference is offered through the Ronald Wilson Ecumenical Leadership Fund.

World Council of Churches

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WCC Ecumenical Institute invites papers for conference on ’Teaching Ecumenism’

The World Council of Churches Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey in Geneva will host the international conference on ’Teaching Ecumenism in the Context of World Christianity’  from 10-13 June 2020. The conference will focus on what it means to teach ecumenism and World Christianity in the twenty-first century.

Invitation deadline: 20 January 2020 

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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)