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May 2018 Issue 2


"All the believers were together and had everything in common” (Acts 2:44)

As we celebrate Pentecost (Eastern and Oriental Churches on 27 May), the WCC Pentecost Greeting 2018 asks us to recall the living testimonies of those who give their lives promoting reconciliation and peace with justice in their many countries worldwide.

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On 17 May 2018, the NCCA wrote to the Palestinian Ambassador, HE Izzat Salah Abdulhadi on hearing the news of the deaths that occurred on Monday 14 May 2018.  

We passed on our concern and shared a prayer, taken from the Prayer for Peace with Justice in Israel/Palestine.

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On Tuesday15 and Wednesday 16 May 2018, a group of 26 Sudanese and South Sudanese church leaders from across Australia came together in a National Consultation at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Canberra, under the auspices of the NCCA.

The two day consultation culminated in the finalisation of a key statement which, assisted by DFAT, was delivered to the South Sudan peace talks in Addis Ababa the following day, Thursday 17 May.


Australian faithful to lead toward climate friendly lifestyle choices

Faithful choices for a flourishing world

The global campaign Living the Change launched its Australian chatper on May 3 2018 at a national gathering of the multi-faith Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC).


Melbourne CBD, Saturday 2 June 2018 at 3.00 pm.

The Sisters of Sion Congregation, the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, through the Filipino Chaplaincy Office, have initiated an ecumenical service of solidarity.

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The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce (ACRT) supports the belief that no person lawfully residing in Australia should be forced into destitution.



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?

Ration Challenge 2018

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Are you moved by the Spirit of Pentecost?

Sign up now for the Ration Challenge, during Refugee Week, 17-24 June 2018.

You can make a difference by raising vital funds and sharing your experience to raise awareness of the global refugee crisis.  


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11 June 2018 is the closing date for submissions to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 2018 in support of the Uluru Statement of the Heart.

Reconciliation Australia encourages us to call on our Parliament to support the Uluru Statement.

World Council of Churches 

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5-8 May - Forum on modern slavery produces declaration to heal brokeness caused by modern slavery.

With the title “Old Problems in the New World,” this forum  was co-sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Buenos Aires and South America, and the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute based in Berkeley, California, USA.


CCA invites applications for the Asian Ecumenical Institute-2018

The deadline for receiving Applications will be on or before 31 May 2018.

Theme: ‘Wider Ecumenism in Asia‘s Pluralistic context’

Date: 15 July to 13 August 2018


Upcoming events by Religions for Peace Australia

Sexual Abuse Talk - Appraising the Royal Commission Report into Sexual Abuse and Religious Organizations 
Sunday 24 June 2018 – 4.45 -7.00pm
The Pavilion, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Canberra

Annual General Meeting 2018
Monday 25 June 9.15 am - 10.30 am
Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, Canberra CBD

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