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March 2018 Issue 1

Bishop Philip Huggins

A Lenten Practice:

I have learnt a lot from the insights of receptive ecumenism as they apply to our relational life.

Here are a few learnings:

1. Orient towards one another from the perspective of our unity rather than division....

South Australian Council of Churches 

lent SACCx150Lenten Pilgrimage to the Heart:
May we be always ready to give up what we cannot keep in order to gain what we cannot lose

An Ecumenical Lenten Resource prepared by a team from the South Australian Council of Churches (SACC) Community for Ecumenical Learning. 

“Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power" 

WoPCUx150(cf. Exodus 15.6)

13 – 20 May 2018

In 2018 the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Australia will be observed from 13 – 20 May 2018 , the week between Ascension and Pentecost. 

Resources are now available.

Living in the Anthropocene - The Human Era

Earthkinx150Dr Clive Pearson shares his research into climate change, the Anthropocene and theology and also of the relationship of Christian Faith to Islam.
Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Time: 9.30am-12.30pm.
Place: Catherine McAuley Room 6 Victoria Road, Parramatta, NSW, 2150

grasstreex150Grasstree Gathering is a national, inter-denominational and non-denominational event which aims to celebrate, encourage, equip and inspire an emerging generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian Leaders.

In 2018 Sydney will be hosting this event from March 16-20.

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Justice marches are being held in most capital cities on Palm Sunday 25 March 2018
For more information visit the Facebook page for your city.

Sydney Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees -2pm Belmore Park, near Central Station 
Brisbane Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees Rights -2pm King George Square, George St
Adelaide Walk for Justice for Refugees -2pm Victoria Square,
Melbourne Walk for Justice for Refugees - 2pm State Library, 328 Swanston St
Perth Walk for Justice for Refugees – 1pm St George’s Cathedral, 38 St George’s Terrace

Th Melb x150Melbourne School of Theology are holding a one day conference on Christian Ethics.

18 May 2018 

Wantirna campus, Melbourne School of Theology

Tonga Emergency Appeal 


Cyclone Gita has devastated communities across Tonga. A state of emergency has been declared across the Island nation.

The level of damage to crops, homes, vegetation and infrastructure is extremely high following the cyclone.

Safe Church Training Agreement 


Safe Church Awareness - presenter training 2018

The NCCA Safe Church program will be running a SCTA Safe Church Awareness presenter training in Melbourne on 23-24 March 2018. 

Dont miss out! Places are filling fast.

Australian Human Rights Commission

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National Principles

On the 5th March 2018, NCCA Associate General Secretary Liz Stone and NCCA National Safe Church Coordinator Laura Cregan will be attending the meeting of the Implementation Advisory Group (IAG) in Canberra.

Glenburnie LogoThe Glenburnie Programme

This funding programme takes its name from a property in Western Australia. Funding from this programme is intended to “provide resources for the churches and the community on issues relating to a just, participatory and sustainable society."

Closing date for applications has been extended to 30 April 2018 

World Council of Churches 

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31 Days of Prayer for Women's Empowerment

Join the Lott Carey Global Women's Prayer Guide 

 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, July 2018

Applications are invited from interfaith chaplains and young counsellors 


In celebration of women theologians and activists.

Two recent articles from the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) affirm the value that women make to ecumenism and faith advocacy.

  • Women Theologians affirm, “Equal opportunities are celebration of the gift of togetherness and the life in its fullness”
  • Renowned Pakistani human rights activist Asma Jahangir passes away.

Fourth Baha'i leader released from prison

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The NCCA rejoices with the Baha’i community with the news of the recent release of Mr Saeid Rezaie after completing a ten year prison sentence in Iran.

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Melbourne will be the host of a number interfaith events and experiences in March.

Some that may be of interest are:

  • Listening to the Female Voice: Women and Faith - 6 March 2018
  • One Voice Jewish street festival - 18 March 2018
  • Jewish - Muslim Comedy Debate - 19 March 2018
  • Holocasut Memorial Service - 19 March 2018


World Day of Prayer
8  International Women's Day   
15  National Close the Gap Day
21  Harmony Day 
22  World Water Day
24  Earth Hour
25  Palm Sunday - Walk for Justice of Refugees
31  Passover begins - Jewish holiday
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