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June 2018 Issue 2


On the 70th Anniversary of the World Council of Churches

Gracious God,

Thank you for your Providence, always giving us enough light for our next step.
Along the way, these 70 years, we have discerned, you want us to be a sign of the coming unity of our whole human family.


WALKING, PRAYING AND WORKING TOGETHER – serving justice and peace

The 10th Central Committee meeting of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has been meeting in Switzerland from 15 - 22 June 2108. NCCA’s Interim General Secretary, Liz Stone was in attendance, NCCA being an ecumenical partner to the WCC, and shares her reflections and photo diary with us.  


NCCA President responds to US withdrawal of UNHRC

20 June 2018

Bishop Philip Huggins, NCCA President, reflects on his time with the UN Commission on Human Rights last year and laments the withdrawal of the United States from the UN Human Rights Council.


Registrations close: Friday 29 June 2018
Date: Thursday 5 July 10am-3.30pm
Venue: St James Hall, Level 1, 169-171 Phillip Street, Sydney CBD

The formation of young leaders is critical to the future of our churches. What does best practice look like in developing a leadership pipeline? Can we establish a learning community of those involved in youth formation / leadership initiatives?

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Professional Supervision for clergy and church workers (Royal Commission Recommendation 16.45)

Child Safe Standard 5. People working with children are suitable and supported 

d. Supervision and people management have a child safety focus

When: Wednesday 18 July 10am – 3pm 

Where: St James Hall, Level 1, 169-171 Phillip Street, Sydney CBD


The Australian Refugee Action Network (ARAN) invites registrations from people of faith to attend the 2nd National Conference.

The conference is open to anyone interested in refugee activism and advocacy.

When: Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July
Where: ANMF Building 535 Elizabeth Street Melbourne VIC

ACRATH – campaign against human trafficking

Podcast interview makes thoughtful listening

Christine Carolan, the national executive officer Australian Catholic Religious against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) talks about her work in a thought-provoking interview. 

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1 May 2018

The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC) have released A Pastoral Letter for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker titled A Fair Day's Pay - For the dignity of workers and the good of all. The Pastoral Letter is available online from the ACSJC.  


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Funding applications for religious and educational projects within Australia are welcomed by ARTFinc for projects in the Church in 2018-2019. Themes can range from academic theology to Christian education at the grassroots.

Applications close: 30 June 2018 

Ration Challenge 2018

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Thank you to all who participated and made this year's challenge a big success You are amazing!  

You have raised over $2.5 million together to show refugees you are with them and not against them.


Safe Church Training Agreement 


WA training and ecumenical gathering 

Royal Commission recommendations and the 10 Child Safe standards.

Date: Saturday 25 August 2018 - 9am to 4pm

Venue: Uniting Church Noranda – 79 Camboon Road, Noranda WA

SoC logox150World Christian leaders' invitation to join the Season of Creation

1 September was proclaimed a Day of Prayer for Creation by the Orthodox in 1989 and repeated by Pope Francis in 2015.  The season takes us through to the feast of St. Francis on 4 October. Christians of all denominations and locations are invited to participate in an ecumenical Season of Creation. 


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Abraham Conference 2018 - Parramatta NSW 
Pillars of Peace - Jews, Christians and Muslims working together - Sunday 5 August, Parramatta NSW

National Museum of Australia - Canberra ACT
So That You Might Know Each Other: Faith and Culture in Islam - on show until 22 July 2018

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