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February 2018 Issue 1

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Inquiry into the status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief.

Bishop Philip Huggins, on behalf of the NCCA, recently submitted a paper to The Hon Philip Ruddock, Chair of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief. 

 

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We are pleased to welcome Liz Stone to the NCCA office in the role of Associate General Secretary. She has taken up this role on a part time basis, working in our Sydney office.

 

Sr Elizabeth Delaney sgs

Please join us in saying farewell to Sr Elizabeth Delaney.

Sr Elizabeth joined the NCCA team in January 2015 and was inducted as General Secretary on 4 March that year. We can all say that we have been privileged to work with Elizabeth over the past three years. 

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"Children in Our Midst"

Thursday 22 March 2018

NCCA office, Level 4 306 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC.

Laura Cregan, the new National Coordinator, Safe Church Program for NCCA, will present on implications from the final report of the Royal Commission.

Ecumenical and Interfaith News

In the recent Australia Day honours many people were recognised for their contribution to religious organisations and services. The NCCA congratulates all of them, with special mention to three who have been recognised for their contribution to child protection, interfaith relations and reconciliation:

  • Mr Garth Owen BLAKE, AM (NSW) - Anglican 
  • Dr David CLAYDON OAM (NSW) - Anglican
  • Rev Ivan Alexander ROBERTS, OAM (NSW) – Uniting Church

Bishop Philip Huggins

Bishop Philip Huggins shares with us news from his community and an important message for us all at the start of the year.

- A Call For a Safe Start to School For Everyone
- Solidarity with the Australian South Sudanese Community
- Bourke Street Memorial Service.

NSW - Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Training

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New courses opening in early 2018

The Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network (DRCN) is an ecumenical and multi-faith network of disaster-recovery trained clergy and ministry agents that have been responding to disasters and emergencies across NSW since 2011. The DRCN is currently coordinated by the Uniting Church in Australia (Synod of NSW and ACT).

A Celebration of the 450th Anniversary of the Edict of Torda

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Where St Stephen's Uniting Church Macquarie Street, Sydney

Date: Sunday 4 Februrary 2018

Time: 1.30 PM

Led by: The Revd John Bunyan with the assistance of others  

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The Grace of Forests

Love of the bush is normal for Australians.
The Columban Misson Society has released a free online resource for Lent. It follows the scriptural readings for Liturgical Year B and covers the six Sundays in Lent. The resource invites believers to meditate on the variety of trees present in our bush as a way of returning to God with all our mind heart.

2017 Christmas Bowl

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You brought hope and healing to the world this Christmas

During Christmas 2017, thousands of kind and compassionate people, like you, came together to support the Christmas Bowl and respond to Christ’s call to feed the hungry, heal the sick and welcome the stranger. Thanks to your generous gifts, the Christmas Bowl is on track to raise over $2million to bring hope and healing to people around the world suffering from conflict and disaster.

Thank you for helping to heal Achala.

Introducing Laura Cregan

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National Coordinator of NCCA Safe Church Program


The NCCA welcomed Laura to the role of National Coordinator on 18 December 2017.

Laura is passionate about safe churches for everyone especially children. She desires to engage honestly and openly with all churches about the critical nature of safe churches and how we explore the implementation of the Royal Commission recommendations. 

Celebrating 70 years of the WCC 

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Walking together, serving justice and peace

This year The World Council of Churches (WCC) celebrates their 70th anniversary.
After the varied the achievements of the past 70 years  they now look to the challenges ahead as a fellowship of churches responding to God’s call for unity, mission, justice and peace.

The WCC also recently combined their celebrations with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. 

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FEBRUARY
1-7 World Interfaith Harmony Week
13 Anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations    
14 Ash Wednesday
16 Lunar (Chinese) New Year
20 World Day of Social Justice