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July 2017

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As we enter the second half of 2017, we are very aware of transitions. As we enter the second half of 2017, we are very aware of transitions. 

We remember Archbishop Paul Saliba who led the Antiochian Church in Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines for nineteen years. We give thanks for his life and service of the People of God and pray that the Triune God in whom he has placed his hope receives him into his everlasting, loving presence. 

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Metropolitan Archbishop Paul Saliba,1 July 2017

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Metropolitan Archbishop Paul Saliba fell asleep in the Lord, on Saturday morning, 1 July 2017.

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Guarding the Galilee is a 30 minute documentary on the battle to stop the biggest coal mine in Australian history, Adani’s Carmichael project. The film is presented by Queensland born actor Michael Caton, and produced and directed by Nell Schofield.

There are screenings throughout the month of July in NSW, QLD, VIC and SA. 

CCA logo sqDeadline for applications Monday 10 July.

The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) is holding this year's Asia Mission Conference (AMC) in Yangon, Myanmar from 11 to 17 October 2017. Applications are invited from young Christians belonging to it's member churches and ecumenical councils in Asia to serve as stewards for this conference.

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The World Council of Churches is asking people who share the hope of justice to unite during this week to create a common international public witness.

Church organisations and congregations, all people of faith are encouraged to participate in worship services, educational events supporting peace and justice for both Israeli and Palestinian people.

Leaning into the Spirit

Leaning into the Spirit -The Fourth International Conference on Receptive EcumenismUniversity House, Australian National University, Canberra.

Monday 6 – Thursday 9 November 2017.

For Registrations and conference details visit the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture website.   

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Cyber Safety

Having an understanding of cyber safety is increasingly important as our churches seek to minister effectively to our local communities.  Technology can be an asset to Christian ministry, when used appropriately, such as general communication and pastoral support. However, it can also be used to harm children, young people and vulnerable people, in situations of family violence or bullying.

Online Communication

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We all use technology in some form to communicate every day.  Our goal is not to ban technology, but to use technology as safely, accountable and transparently as possible.

Leaders should avoid using social media to communicate individually with young people under their care. Group-based communication should be undertaken with the approval of the ministry leader and young persons’ parents.

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The VCC is currently working in the following areas:  

  • helping Faith Communities across the State become aware of and compliant with the Child Safe Standards
  • exploring developing a Facebook presence to increase the exposure of VCC and raise awareness of the activities of the Council...

logo ceh bdrx150A workshop focusing on facilitating better workplace diversity. Limited places available

July 19th, Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health, 23 Lennox Street, North Richmond VIC.

Forward thinking organisations know they can better attract more clients if their organisation's workforce reflects the community.

ctm bdrx150Explore intergenerational ministry and mission.

The Centre for Theology and Ministry - Children and Family Ministry is holding workshops around Victoria.

Attend for the whole day or simply select the session/s that are of most interest to you.

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Many faiths, One Humanity: Racism & Inclusiveness

Sunday 16 July, Parramatta NSW

This event brings together Jews, Christians and Muslims to create connections build relationships and discuss critical issues of importance to us all in a multicultural, multi-faith society. 

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Harmony Begins At Home

A celebration of diversity with dinner, entertainment, lucky door prizes and more.

Come together with other women from diverse backgrounds to connect and celebrate family and community harmony.Talk, dance and discuss the issues affecting women in the communities they live in.

A Presentation by Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald

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Date: Saturday 19 August 2017

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Venue: Caroline Chisholm Centre, Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills (Vehicular entry via City View Road)

RSVP: By Thursday 17 August 2017 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 4332 9825 / 9847 0448

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The World Council of Churches (WCC) has welcomed the signing of two ecumenical statements by the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) in which it seeks to overcome divisions of the past and to work with other Christian communions for unity and common witness.

 

YOUTH PoWR 2017

youth powr x150Together be the Light in Dark Times: Sparking an Interfaith Movement of Hope

Come together with other young people from diverse faith backgrounds at Youth PoWR (Parliament of the World's Religions) to have a voice in shaping our multi-religious, multicultural society.

When: Sunday, August 20, 2017 14:00 17:00

Where: Santa Sabina College, 90 The Boulevarde Strathfield, NSW

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July
2-9 NAIDOC Week
14 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags proclaimed official flags 1995
30 International Day of Friendship
31 National Tree Day