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January 2020 Issue 1


Creator God,
We pray for this land, our culture, our customs,
our languages, our people and our nation....


 #ChangeTheHeart this January 26

This January, Australian Christians are being called upon to change the heart through truth telling, action and justice.

Aboriginal Christian leader Aunty Jean Phillips, in partnership with Common Grace, has invited churches to prayer services leading up to January 26.


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“Think globally; Act locally: Next Steps for Climate- Change Policy in Australia".
An evening Seminar with Mr Jamie Isbister, Australia’s Ambassador for the Environment and Bishop Philip Huggins. Followed by a question and answer session.
Date: Thursday 6 February 2020
Time: 6.00-8.00pm
Venue: Chapel of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, cnr Blackall Street & Kings Avenue, Barton ACT

Multifaith Climate Change Petition

Make Fossil Fuel Producers Pay Climate Disaster Levy

Climate change is making natural disasters like fires, floods, heatwaves and drought more frequent and more extreme.

The Australia Institute is asking support for this petition to Federal Parliament....Add your signature to the petition!


International aid partners express concern 

This summer has been one of the most painful seasons on record for Australians as our drought affected land is ravaged by fire. The NCCA and Act for Peace are standing with you and pray that you and your loved ones are safe.

Over the years, many of you have supported the Act for Peace projects that offer aid to people around the world affected by conflict and disaster. Many of these project partners are now expressing their concern for you. We share a message from OfERR, our partner in India and Sri Lanka who together we have been supporting for over 30 years.

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Coptic Orthodox Church - Taree

In early January ABC News published an article about the thriving Coptic Orthodox Church in Taree, on the mid north coast of NSW, which the NCCA would like to share with you.

The story is a wonderful insight into the faithfullness of the Coptic congregation and what they have achieved together. It shines a beacon of hope for all Australian Christians. 


Leaning into the Spirit: Ecumenical Perspectives on Discernment and Decision making in the Church

Part of a series on Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue from the Charles Sturt University, Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre (PaCT)

Edited by: Dr Virginia Miller, Rt Rev'd Professor Stephen Pickard and The Most Rev'd David Moxon
Published by: Palgrave Macmillan  

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Message for the Celebration of 53rd World Day of Peace

Pope Francis delivered a Message of Peace on the first of January 2020 - Peace as a Journey of Hope: Dialogue, Reconciliation and Ecological Conversion.

We share the fourth section on ecological conversion with you.

Steps to erase the palm oil problem and tips for going plastic free

Together, we can make positive changes that will benefit our planet - a better world for all of us.

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Improving policy, practice and public support

This conference brings together a broad range of expertise covering topics of displacement; protection; cooperation; wellbeing; resilience; education; advocacy; and unity from across the country and across the globe. By partnering with those that are best placed to find solutions to current issues, the Refugee Alternatives Conference is an important event that engages the vast knowledge and expertise of those with lived experiences. 

When: 13-14 February 2020
Where: QUT Gardens Point Campus Brisbane, QLD  

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Northern Hemisphere - 18-25 January 2020

Christians across the northen part of the world will pray and reflect on what it means to “show unusual kindness.” This year’s theme, “they showed us unusual kindness,” is taken from Acts 28:2, and draws on the story of Paul finding safety in Malta after a shipwreck. The resources this year have been prepared by members of different churches in Malta.


CCA General Secretary expresses concern over the ongoing natural disasters in Asia and extends solidarity and prayers to the people of Australia

Dr Mathews George Chunakara expressed sympathy with the people in recent natural disaster-affected areas in Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, appealing to churches and people of goodwill around the world to pray for all affected communities. He has urged for the pressing need to respond actively to the impending climate crisis with concrete measures.

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Social Cohesion and Inclusion Podcast series

The Australian Baha'i Community have launched a Media Page where a series of Podcasts on Soundcloud will be uploaded regularly. This is an opportunity for all to reflect together on the state of social cohesion in the country and to hear from those at the forefront of learning who have shared insights vital to advancing harmony and inclusion.

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2020 World Interfaith Harmony Week Lecture

Year Seven lecture 'Pope Francis: His Interfaith and Environmental Perspectives'

Lecture given by Mr David Schütz and sponsored by The University of Melbourne Chaplaincy and Religions for Peace (VIC).

Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Venue: Carrillo Gantner Theatre, B-02 (basement) Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne, 761 Swanston St, Parkville VIC. 

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