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February 2018 Issue 2

Bishop Philip Huggins

Lent begins:

When I was a Curate in Country Victoria, I learned the tradition of praying the Ash Wednesday Collect each day and along with the Collect for each Sunday in Lent.

It therefore penetrated my heart and focused the Lenten journey:


What is FRANC?
FRANC (Financial Representatives of Australian National Churches) is a way of exploring collaboration in finance and corporate services. Emerging from a decision at last year’s National Church Leaders gathering, FRANC holds considerable potential to release resources for productive mission. 


Research Colloquium and Workshop

National Church Life Survey (NCLS) and the Australian Catholic University (ACU) have joined together to present the following two events:

Wednesday 14 March 2018: Research colloquium for academics, ACU North Sydney NSW

Wednesday 21 March 2018: Workshop for church leaders, ACU Strathfield, NSW

Winifred Kiek Scholarship Trust

Winifred Kiek Scholarship Trust

Applications for the 2019 year are now available.

The Winifred Kiek Scholarship is offered in rotation to women from countries of the Pacific Island Nations, member countries of the Asian Church Women’s Conference, and multicultural Australia. 

Ecumenical and Interfaith News

This Lent you are invited to prepare for Easter in anticipation, reflection and humility.

  • The World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network (WCC-EWN) invites you to reflect on water this Lent.
  • CommonGrace and the Bible Society invite you to rediscover the Beatitudes with their daily video reflections. 

Emergency prayer for the people of Tonga


We invite you, as part of the Australian ecumenical community to pray for our Tongan brothers and sisters. 

Earlier this week, Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated communities across Tonga. The category four cyclone brought destructive winds of over 233 kmph, ripped roofs off houses and caused widespread flooding.



Applications are invited for this position. Working with the Associate General Secretary for 2 days of the week, the position is to overlap with the recruitment of the next General Secretary.

Location: Sydney, Melbourne or Canberra, Australia 

Applications due:  28 February 2018  

Safe Church Training Agreement 


Safe Church Awareness - presenter training 2018

The NCCA Safe Church program will be running a SCTA Safe Church Awareness presenter training in Melbourne on 23-24 March 2018. 

The training is a two day program where participants will work through the 2018 SCTA Safe Church Awareness workbook with highly skilled presenters and NCCA staff. 


The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) is providing a platform for young Christians in Asia to come together in Manado, Indonesia from 6-13 April 2018.

"Lord, send Your Light and Truth to lead us"  is the theme and prayer for the Youth Assembly based on Psalm 43:3.

Affinity Intercultural Foundation

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February Events - Sydney NSW

  • Women of Faith: Challenges & Opportunities – Monday 26 February
  • Religion in the Modern World: Panel Discussion - Monday 26 February
  • Religious Freedom & Human Rights in Secular Society- Tuesday 27 February
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