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February 2020 Issue 2

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The poignant beauty of grief

Some years back a friend helped us with a family funeral....As we all know, life is full of separations and partings; varying in their painfulness....

National Coordinator, Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce (ACRT) 

The ACRT has been established to promote a shared Christian vision of compassion and hospitality for asylum seekers and refugees. The ideal candidate should have prior experience in Australia, in the refugee, asylum seeker or settlement service sectors.

Employment basis: 0.6 FTE
Location: Sydney or Melbourne or Brisbane
Contract term: 3 years
Applications close: Monday 16 March 2020, 5:00 pm


Christian love makes a way through the grief towards a safer climate

Be part of something bold, together this Lenten season.

Australian Churches are invited to join in pastoral and prophetic leadership during the lead-up to Easter to respond to the long-running bushfire disaster and other recent ‘unprecedented’ disasters.   We can build on the momentum and imagery from Australia’s bushfire disaster 2019-20 and link it to Christian narratives that are part of Australia’s culture (eg fire, flood, regeneration).


Thank you for being part of the Christmas Bowl

Together, we have raised more than $1.6 million to date with more still expected to be received.

In a world so full of disaster, conflict, injustice and pain, you’ve joined with Christian communities across Australia to make a powerful difference for people in need.

General Secretary, National Council of Churches in AustraliaNCCA

Last week - applications close: Thursday 27 February 2020

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

spiritusx150Spiritus Short Film Prize 

Call for entries from the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture for the 2020 Spiritus Short Film Prize are now open.

The renamed biennial national 2020 Spiritus Short Film Prize aims to contribute to a vision of hope and the common good for Australia.

Entries close: 5:00pm 30 June 2020

sabeel1501st Young Adult Gathering - Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth and more

What: Spend time with Palestinian communities. Fellowship with young adults from around the world. Take part in nonviolence initiatives.
When: 17 - 25 June 2020 - Apply by 1 May
Help: NCCA is prepared to offer assistance for airfare to attend.


Podcasts and a new ABC TV show

NCCA would like to share the following items of interest on refugees and asylum seekers, particularly in relation to Australia's immigration policy.

Planted Places podcast 'Suing over Howard's camps' & 'Plants, mental health and an unrecognised humanitarian crisis'
'Stateless' which airs on ABC TV on 1 March

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SAVE THE DATE: 5 April 2020

Justice marches for refugees are being held in most capital cities on Palm Sunday 
Details are still being finalised. For more information visit the Facebook page for your city

Sydney - Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees - 2pm Belmore Park, near Central Station 
BrisbaneAdelaide, Melbourne, Perth TBC

World Council of Churches

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Job Vacancies at the World Council of Churches (WCC)

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (WCC-EAPPI). 

Field Officer:- In Jerusalem and Geneva, work with the EAPPI Advocacy task force and relevant WCC staff
Advocacy Officer:- Jerusalem and Geneva, work with the EAPPI staff teams

Application Deadline: 28 February 2020 - both positions


Asian Ecumenical Institute (AEI) – 2020 

The AEI is an annual month-long ecumenical formation training course organised by the CCA, aimed at training young prospective Asian church and ecumenical leaders.

2020 Theme: ‘God, Renew Us in Your Spirit and Restore the Creation’ - the theme of the CCA General Assembly
When: 13 August –11 September 2020 (arrival on 13 August and departure on 11 September) 
Where: Kerala, India, (in conjunction with the 15th General Assembly of CCA)
Applications due by: 15 March 2020.

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