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December 2020 Issue 1

Advent Journey of Faith

On the Second Sunday of Advent, the Gospel reading (Mark 1:1-8)  commences with... "prepare a way of the Lord and make his paths straight".  We are reminded that the Advent journey is a journey of faith not just a journey to Bethlehem.  


But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 1 Corinthians 12:18  

What does meaningful Christian Church collaboration look like in the modern world?

An Ecumenical Christian Youth Summit was held in 2018 in Brisbane, Queensland. The NCCA granted funds to the Queensland Churches’ young adult leaders to re-produce resources from the Summit that can be accessible to all State and Territory Councils and local groups of churches.

Go directly to the resources   


Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Isaiah 40:1

6 December 2020 is the second Sunday of Advent. 

Dr Mehindi Hassan and his fellow doctors treat thousands of Rohingya refugees everyday, helping to shape peaceful futures.

 ACRTx150In the Media

  • Human Rights Commission report on immigration detention
  • High Court rejects Minister Dutton's attempt to stop asylum seekers suing for neglect

This year has been a very different year for us all. Adult survivors of complex trauma find that situations and emotions are more challenging during the holiday season. The Blue Knot Foundation offers advice on Self care and Reaching Out this holiday season.

"...glad tidings of great joy I bring to you and all mankind."  

While shepherds watched their flocks by night, Nahum Tate (1700)

As we prepare for the second week of Advent and the coming Feast of the Nativity, we share some further reflections, resources and some joyful storytelling.

Support from Australian Political And Religious Leaders

Political and religious leaders in Australia have come out in strong support of today’s Open Letter from fifteen Pacific leaders to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, asking him to take urgent climate action ahead of the United Nations (UN) Climate Ambition Summit on 12 December 2020.

WCC s2World Council of Churches

  • Essay competition: Future of Interreligious Dialogue - closes: 15 January 2021
  • New publication – Mission Rediscovered: Transforming Disciples
  • WCC Christmas message 2020

Recent Publications

  • Clericalism: Stories From The Pews by Gideon Goosen
  • Time We Started Listening Theological Questions Put To Us By Recent Indigenous Writing By Duncan Reid 

16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence: Online Forum

"Gender Based Violence" Sector Forum (refugees & migrants) is a sector forum on form of gender based violence, including modern day slavery, female genital mutilation, dowry abuse and forced marriage.

When: Wed 9 Dec 2020 2-3pm AEDST

Antisemitism in Australia

The latest annual Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) Report on Antisemitism in Australia has just been released.

The Concept of Peace in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

The volume presents the concept of "peace" in its different aspects as anchored in the traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. 

Editor: Georges Tamer  |  Publisher: De Gruyter, Berlin

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