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May 2020 Issue 2


COVID-19 and acts of ‘unusual kindness’ – the call to every Christian community


24-31 May 2020 

“They showed us unusual kindness.” (Acts 28:2)   

Loving and merciful God, you hear the cry of the poor...

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

They showed us unusual kindness Acts 28.2

When: Sunday 24 May 2020 3.00 pm (AEST)

Live-streamed on: Facebook stream and Zoom 

Preacher:  His Eminence Archbishop Mar Meelis Zaia AM, Metropolitan, Assyrian Church of the East


‘God, Heal Us as We are Vulnerable'.

Asia Sunday is observed every year on the Sunday before Pentecost. This year it will be observed on 24 May.

Join an online service: 24 May 2020 from 4 PM to 5:15 pm Bangkok, Thailand time.

Saturday 30 May 2020

Online Event: The hour of prayer will take place on the eve of Pentecost and during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity via Zoom.

 Final May Webinar

How to Facilitate a Grooming Awareness Activity

The final of three safeguarding webinars will be held 28 May 2020. The NCCA and Catholic Professional Standards (CPSL) have worked collaboratively to design resources to help faith communities across Australia keep children safe and protected in faith organisations.

27 May – 3 June 2019

In this together

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

A Theology of the Land: Terra Australis from Christian-Aboriginal Perspectives

By Christopher Sexton, with a note of appreciation from Hon Michael Kirby. Sexton, a Christian lawyer, found more in common between our distinct spiritualities than might be expected.

Virtual Book Launch: Thursday 28 May 2020

Healing the World: Sorrow without Fear, Bible study in time of Covid19

Bible Study on Psalms from the World Council of Churches 

Psalm 42: Longing for God and Psalm 43: Prayer to God in Time of Trouble

 World Council of Churches

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  • Calling for an Economy of Life in a Time of Pandemic - 
    A Joint Message from the WCC, WCRC, LWF, and CWM 
  • Annexation plans of Israel and Palestine
    WCC, Middle East Council of Churches, and the Patriarchs of Jerusalem  


Media Statement 15 May 2020

In this time of uncertainty and increased anxiety the The National Council of Churches in Australia has joined together with organisations of many other faiths to share a united voice. 

“ Compassion is at the heart of our faiths. It is our unifying ethic."     

'Hearts and Bones' a new film about hope and salvation 

Hugo Weaving stars in this feature film, the story of a war photographer, a survivor and a photo that threatens to destroy them. The film is reviewed by Elizabeth Hughes. 

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