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March 2018 Issue 2

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The readings during this Lenten season have the Prophets of the Old Testament crying out against evil and injustice.

In their laments, they called on the God of their faith to lead them to better times, toward healing and wholeness, to stand against the tide of sin and destruction.

7 years of Conflict in Syria

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The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce (ACRT) notes that March 15, 2018 marks 7 years of conflict in Syria, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions displaced from their home. 

Find out what you can do, and read the Taskforce's media release on this sad anniversary.

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

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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.

TFPx150Community forums in Sydney and Melbourne 

Meet the former United States Ambassador for Human Trafficking, Luis de Baca

  • Melbourne 20 March 2018 -10:00 am and 5:30pm
  • Sydney 23 March 2018 - 2:00pm

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Walk for Justice Palm Sunday rallies - Sunday 25 March 2018

An invitation to join the walk

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

ACRTx150Updates from The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce (ACRT) 

So much is happening in the ACRT space.  With lots of internal work going on, ACRT are now ready to get back to the business of seeking justice and dignity for refugees and asylum seekers across Australia and those who remain in offshore detention.

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The NCCA Safe Church program will be running a SCTA Safe Church Awareness presenter training in Sydney 2 June 2018

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Venue: Baptist Churches NSW & ACT Level 1, 3 Carlingford Road, Epping NSW
Cost: $330 including GST

Introducing Rev Janet Woodlock

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The Rev Janet Woodlock has just recently begun working with the NCCA as a Project Officer. Her role will see her based in Melbourne and engaging with our member Churches, ecumenical partners and friends. We are privileged to have Janet share her gifts of ministry and Christian leadership with us in this capacity.

EEggx150Be a responsible consumer this Easter

Did you know that children are picking cocoa in West Africa to make the chocolate we eat? 

Some of these children are trafficked.

World Council of Churches 

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UN agencies, NGOs, and WCC join at UN to end violence against children

Panel discussion on child rights, UN Human Rights Council, March 8 2018.

International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, July 2018

Applications close 22 March 2018.

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Asia Sunday 2018

 ‘Embracing the Differently Abled and Upholding Their Dignity’

Observed every year on the Sunday before Pentecost, this year’s Asia Sunday falls on 13 May.

Dr. Mathews George Chunakara, CCA General Secretary, urges member churches and councils as well as the ecumenical partners to observe the Asia Sunday 2018 in an appropriate way.

rel symbolsx150Sydney NSW 

• New Power Politics: Confrontation & Competition in the Middle East -28 March 2018
• The Saudi-led war in Yemen: the proxy war no-one wants and no-one can win -5 April 2018
• “Australian Religious Diversity in the 2016 Census: Recent Changes & Freedom of Religion” - 18 April 2018

Melbourne VIC

• Women’s Interfaith Seder - 21 March 2018