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February 2019 Issue 1


Celebrating the Journey Together 

Tribute to Geraldine Hawkes on 13 years of ecumenical inspiration.

On Thursday 31 January, South Australian church leaders, church members and pastoral workers, State politicians and local Councillors, plus we interstate friends, came together in Adelaide at St Francis Xavier Cathedral Hall to pay tribute to the generosity and thoughtful leadership of Geraldine Hawkes, Ecumenical Facilitator of the South Australian Council of Churches and Executive Secretary for Leaders of Christian Churches South Australia.

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 four Victorians who have been recognised for their contribution to ecumenical relations, theological studies and their churches:

  • The Revd Prof Emeritus Robert William GRIBBEN AM (VIC) - Uniting Church
  • The Revd Dr Charles Henry SHERLOCK AM (VIC) - Anglican
  • The Revd Dr Robert Bradley MITCHELL AM  (VIC) - Anglican 
  • Dr Janet Elizabeth DUKE OAM (VIC) - Anglican


Pakistan Supreme Court upholds acquittal

Asia Bibi is now free to leave Pakistan after the acquittal of Islamist blasphemy charges. Ms Bibi, a Christian, has spent eight years in prison convicted of a blasphemy crime which is punishable by death in the Islamic Republic.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
(Matthew 11:28)


NCCA Assembly Roundtable

Please note that the venue has changed. It will now be held in Ferguson Hall, St Stephen's Uniting Church, 197 Macquarie St, Sydney (downstairs) 

When: Thursday 21 March 2019 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Topic: Selection, training and screening for ordination candidates and church workers, including best practice in psychological testing.



Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Rountable
When: 2 May 2019
Where: Barbara Dowling Room, Chapter House, 209 Flinders Lane Melbourne, Anglican Diocese of Melbourne

10th National Forum
When: 21 - 24 June 2019
Where: Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Canberra.
Formal invitations to member churches to nominate delegates will be sent by mid-February.

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Archbishop Ian George

Former Anglican Archbishop of Adelaide Dr Ian George has passed away, aged 84 on January 28 2019.

Bishop George was Archbishop of Adelaide between 1991 and 2004. During this time he served as Chair of NCCA's Christian World Service (CWS) Commission from 1996 to 2004. 


2019 Children’s Workers’ Training Day and Expo
Date: Saturday 23rd February, 2019 
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Venue: Mt Pleasant Baptist Church, 497 Marmion St, Booragoon, WA

Passing the Baton is an ecumenical event organised by the Children's Ministry Network (CMN) WA to help equip & encourage children’s workers as they pass the baton of the faith on to the next generation.

Applications invited


The Uniting Church Assembly is looking for candidates to provide strategic direction, leadership and operational planning of the National Safe Church Unit.

Applications close: 5:00 pm Thursday 28 February 2019.

Applications addressing the position requirements should be emailed to Ms Colleen Geyer, General Secretary, National Assembly.


Presented by the Centre for Ecumencial Studies at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C)

Date: 10:30 am-4:00 pm 25 June 2019
Location: Chambers Pavilion, ACC&C, 15 Blackall Street, Barton ACT
Special guest speaker: Rt. Rev’d Dr Geevarghese Coorilos

Winifred Kiek Scholarship Trust

Winifred Kiek Scholarship Trust

Applications for the 2020 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. 

World Council of Churches

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Position Vacant - Professor of Ecumenical Social Ethics and Programme Executive of the Ecumenical Theological Education (ETE)

Promote ecumenical theological education and ministerial formation and to teach Ecumenical Social Ethics at the Ecumenical Institute Bossey as regular member of the faculty. 
Geneva, Switzerland
Application deadline:
1 March 2019 


CCA Condems bombing of Mount Carmel Cathedral, Jolo, Sulu Province, Philippines 

Two improvised explosive devises (IEDs) exploded in the Cathedral on Sunday 27 January just after 8:00am. More that twenty people were killed and over eighty were wounded. 

The CCA General Secretary, Dr Mathews George Chunakara, has offered prayers for the healing of the injured and the consolation of all who grieve.

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"Listening to The Statement from the Heart"
An invitation to listen to the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
When: Sunday 17 February 2019 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Where: St Oswald's Anglican Church, 100 High Street, Glen Iris VIC

Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia Women's Conference.
You are invited to explore the rituals of “Beginnings and Endings in the Abrahamic faiths”.
When: Friday 1 March - Sunday 3 March 2019 
Where: Don Bosco Centre, 465 Lysterfield Road, Lysterfield VIC

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