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February 2020 Issue 1

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“May we have nothing left to confess. No enemies, friends everywhere. No unhealthy attachments."

This prayerful reflection by Bishop Philip Huggins is for sharing with our members and friends. We invite Churches and Congregations to hold an Ash Wednesday Vigil using this reflection. Next issue we will provide other resources prepared especially for these Lenten vigils.

"Our Ash Wednesday 2020 is amidst much greater awareness of climate change.
How might this influence our Ash Wednesday prayers and our Lenten Discipline?"....

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• Exciting opportunity to work for a unique organisation
• Senior advisory and secretariat role
• Full-time position based in Sydney

Applications close: Thursday 27 February 2020

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General Secretary of Queensland Churches Together (QCT)

QCT invites applications for the position of General Secretary

The General Secretary is the executive officer of Queensland Churches Together and is directly accountable to General Meetings of QCT through the Executive and functions within the Constitution of QCT. 
Applications close: Monday 24 February 2020

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The Melbourne office has moved

New office:
Level 6, 608 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 
The NCCA Safe Church Program staff and the Victorian Council of Churches are now settled in their new permanent home and would like everyone to know where they are.

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Taking it to the Top

In November, Act for Peace joined with other humanitarian organisations and Australian Christians to meet with Australian politicians and advocate for commitment to the world’s displaced and underprivileged people through Micah Challenge’s Voices for Justice event.

230 Christians and visiting Pacific leaders at this event made a big impression on our government. 

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Many ecumenical organisations supported this ongoing campaign, asking the Supreme Court of the Philippines to allow Mary Jane to testify against her illegal recruiters. The NCCA also participated, adding to the many Letters of support for Mary Jane, which were sent to the Supreme Court of the Philippines and coordinated by The Interfaith Network for the Rights of Migrants (INFORM).

In a separate case, witnesses have proven the traffickers to be guilty of illegal recruitment.  

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Hope out of Loss

those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength:
they shall rise up on wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint,
Isaiah 40:31

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Interfaith Roundtable on Nuclear Disarmament

What does the threat of nuclear war mean to your faith?
What ideas and lessons can we glean from global movements for peace?

When: Monday 24 February 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Where: Uniting Church in Australia Head Office, Level 2, 222 Pitt St Sydney 

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Apology Breakfast - Reconciliation SA

When: Wednesday 13 February 2020
Where: Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide
Time: 6:30 - 9.00am  

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We encourage you to ensure your visit or tour includes stories and experiences from the local Christian population.

What are the Churches saying about US Policy?

President Trump's 'Peace and Prosperity' document comes under some intense scrutiny from Churches and Christian organisations.

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“Kairos for creation” publication offers theological response to climate emergency

A new publication on eco-theologies and climate justice, entitled "Kairos for creation - Confessing hope for the earth,” has been released by a group of international theological experts who met in June 2019 in Wuppertal, Germany.

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Asian ecumenical leader Dr Soritua Nababan awarded ’Mesrop Mashtots’ medal by Armenian Catholicos of Cilicia

Asian ecumenical leader Dr Soritua Albert Ernest Nababan has been awarded the St Mesrop Mashtots medal by the Armenian Church Catholicos of Cilicia, His Holiness Aram I.

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"Religions can be part of the solution for peace, not the problem"

Abrahamic faith leaders met in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University in mid January to discuss practical ways of promoting peace and fraternity. The Abrahamic Faiths Initiative group united 25 religious leaders representing millions of Christian, Muslim and Jewish faithful.

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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)

 

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February
1 World Interfaith Harmony Week begins
2 World Wetlands Day
4 1939: Walk-off by Aboriginal people at Cumeragunja Mission
6   World Day of Prayer 
6 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
8 International Day of Prayer and Awarenss Against Human Trafficking - Feast Day of St Josephine Bakhita - Catholic Church