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January 2023 Issue 1

Next week we have ‘Australia Day’....

While some celebrate, many mourn.   

The moving and rich 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart concludes: "We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future."

The Christmas Bowl 2022


A huge thank you to all the church congregations and supporters around Australia who took part in the Christmas Bowl last year. 

January updates

  • Upcoming NSW Presenter Training Day: Wednesday 1st March, 2023

  • Victorian Child Safe changes

A Voice to Parliament

Parliament to debate wording 'within months' 

The campaigns for your  "yes" and "no"  vote at the referendum is picking up. What will the wording be? 

Adoption of the Global Biodiversity Framework

After 2 years of negotiations amongst Parties and advocacy from a range of constituencies, including faith based organizations, the Framework was finally adopted in December 2022.  

Ecumenism and authentic communion in the news

  • Churches praise Benedict XVI for fostering ecumenism

  • Chaldean Patriarch: "Eastern Churches need a breath of fresh air"


The NCCA is delighted to hear that Margaret Naylon has received this exclusive award in recognition of her faithful service. Margaret is an inspirational and treasured friend of the NCCA, working closely with us for many years.

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January news highlights

  • Commission on Faith and Order: study groups evaluate seven years of common theological work 
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Northern Hemisphere 

Pray, listen, learn, participate

  • Church resources - Aboriginal Sunday & Day of mourning
  • #ChangeTheHeart - Prayer Service with Aunty Jean Phillips and Common Grace. When: Wed. 25 January 2023  Broadcast from Chapel at the Australian Centre for Christianity & Culture, ACT at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm (AEDT) 
  • Events and ways to engage

Statement from the Heart | Voice-Treaty-Truth

A time for learning, and more, with two key Aboriginal Elders, Professor Aunty Anne Pattel-Gray and Rev'd Dr Garry Deverell.

When: Wednesday 15 February 2023

Where: Adelaide West Uniting Church, ADELAIDE SA

Upcoming events in March 2023

  • World Day of Prayer: Friday 3 March - SYDNEY

  • International Women’s Day Breakfast: Wednesday 8 March - ADELAIDE

Attention all stargazers

Look up in the morning sky this February. Astronomers advise that we'll be able to get a good look at the passing comet through binoculars.

ACU Interfaith Breakfast

The Australian Catholic University (ACU) held its sixth Federal Parliamentary Interfaith Breakfast at the National Press Club, Canberra, on Thursday 24 November. Over 150 guests were present, including dozens of parliamentarians and leaders from a wide diversity of different faiths.

 1-7 World Interfaith Harmony Week
 4 International Day of Human Fraternity
 8 International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking
13   2008: Anniversary of National Apology Day
20 World Day of Social Justice
22 Ash Wednesday - Lent begins (Western Christian Churches)

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The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed.

(Prov.11:25 The Message)

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