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March 2023 Issue 1

For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NRSV)

We have moved into the period of Lent. This season of repentance, reflection and preparation shapes us as people as we look ahead to Easter. 

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Pilgrimage of Trust on Earth

Br Merric from the Taizé community in France is visiting Australia. He will be present at events being held in NSW, WA and Victoria from Monday 6 March to Sunday 26 March 2023.


NCCA Roundtable - ACET 

When: Friday 24 March 2023 in Melbourne
Details: are being finalised. Please add this date to your diary

News and updates

  • Open Letter from Religious Leaders: NCCA President, joint signatory 
  • Statements from the Soul: new book launched  
  • Melbourne dialogue: Australian and Canadian First Nations leaders yarn in Melbourne  

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ACRT welcomes new co-chairs: Major Karen Elkington and Rev Sandy Boyce 

Announcement from the NSW Government: refugee settlement strategy

Refugee Support Fund Grant: applications close 10 March

News and updates 

  • Culturally safe responses to First Nations children
  • NCCA SCP Presenter Training WA and Victoria
  • NCCA WA workbook
  • Pope dedicates March as month of prayer for victims of abuse

Walking the Way of the HeART Retreat

A Lenten Ignatian Walk with Art at the Art Gallery of NSW

When: various dates from Thursday 16 March 2023 - Saturday 25 March 2023

Where: St Mary's Cathedral to Art Gallery of NSW.

PIEN 2023 Lenten Guide

Take a walk in the footsteps of an Ecumenical Accompanier (EA).

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WCC General Secretary

Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay was installed as the ninth WCC General Secretary on 17 February 2023. 

Applications for the 2024 year are now open 

The Winifred Kiek Memorial Scholarship for 2024 will be awarded to a woman who is a resident of Australia.

Applications for the 2024 Winifred Kiek Memorial Scholarship are open now and must be received by 31 May 2023.  


Virtual Book launch: In her Voice - Raising Women's Voices in Preaching the Gospel - 9 March 2023

Book review: Beguiled by Beauty by Wendy Farley, reviewed by Sarah Agnew

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'Maralinga Pieces' Film: Understanding the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons

When: Monday 6 March 2023  6:00 - 7:15 pm AEDT  

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Mid-Lent Prayer for Peace and for those affected by Natural Disaster

When: Tuesday 14 March 2023 7:00 pm (AEDT)

Where: St Andrew's Ukrainian Catholic Church Lidcombe, SYDNEY, NSW

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SAVE THE DATE: 2 April 2023

Justice marches for refugees are being held in most capital cities on Palm Sunday.
Details are still being finalised. 

Voice to Parliament referendum 

Online messaging workshop for church leaders, advocates and communications professionals   

When: Friday 21 April 9.30am to 11.30am AEST

Choosing chocolate wisely

  • Which Chocolate Companies Are The Most Transparent?
  • Chocolate Is Big Money -  yet many cocoa farmers still live in poverty    
  • The Chocolate scorecard - what makes a good Easter egg?


Multi-faith Prayer and Meditation Service   

When: Thursday, 9 March, 9.30 to 10.30 am (followed by morning tea)

Where: St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta SYDNEY NSW

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The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed.

(Prov.11:25 The Message)

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