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February 2023 Issue 3

And he said, 'Let anyone with ears to hear listen!'

Mark 4:9 (NRSV)

May our speech not be noisy and our listening, deep. 

Religious Educational Institutions and Anti-Discrimination Laws Inquiry 

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) welcomes any submission you make. There is also a confidential survey for members of the public to share their views.

Submissions and survey close: Friday 24 February 2023.  

Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines

If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together with it. 1 Cor 12:26 (NRSV)

His Eminence Ephraim Maalouli, Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Alexandretta, and Dependencies, describes how churches are responding to earthquake-related needs in Syria.

The aftermath of earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria

The news out of Türkiye and Syria becomes more grim each day.

Church leaders' call for prayers, and appeals have been set up to offer relief.

The NCCA has two funding opportunities currently available

  • Refugee Support Fund Grant: Applications due Friday 10 March 2023

  • The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Development Fund:  Applications due Friday 14 April 2023. 

ACRTx150We welcome the recent announcement by the Australian Government to end temporary protection visas.

Refugee Council of Australia has provided a good explainer of what the changes mean for individuals

Grief to Grace program in Perth WA: Funding available  

Upcoming NSW Presenter Training Workshop: Wednesday 1 March 2023 

WA Safe Church Changes: recent changes in legislations 

Explainer: A Constitutionally Guaranteed First Nations Voice 

The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Development Fund: applications due by Friday 14 April 2023. 

  • SAVE THE DATE: NCCA Roundtable, Friday 24 March 2023 

  • UN Environment Assembly: Faith for Earth Dialogue

“Do good; seek justice.”  (Isaiah 1:17)

21 - 28  May 2023, in the week between Ascension and Pentecost.

Australian resources are now available from the NCCA website.

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Emergency aid and lifting of sanctions on Syria

Following the devastating Turkey-Syria earthquake on 6 February, the presidents of the Middle East Council of Churches held an emergency meeting to discuss the disaster and how to respond.

WDPLogox150Friday 3 March 2023

'I have heard about your faith’. 

The World Day of Prayer (WDP)  host country this year is Taiwan. The theme is God’s promise in the letter to the Ephesians.

Services are being held nationally. 

AMPLIFY exists to inspire, equip and resource leaders who serve in ministry with children & families, youth and in schools.

When: Saturday March 4          

Where: On-line & Regional Hubs

8 March 2023  

  • Ecumenical Breakfast Events: Adelaide & Melbourne

  • 2023 campaign theme: #EmbraceEquity

How Will Climate Migration Reshape Our World?  

Floods, fires, drought and disasters displace more people within their countries than conflict. Join in a conversation about climate change, its impacts on human displacement and solutions.

When: Thursday 9 March, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Where: UNSW Roundhouse, Kensington Campus, Sydney NSW 

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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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