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May 2021 Issue 1

“A CLIMATE OF THE HEART: ONLY RELATEDNESS CAN SAVE US”

Sometimes the title says it all!.... Who could dispute that a greater expression of a universal and unconditional love is needed?

The NCCA has received prayer requests from the National Councils of India and Bangladesh.

We ask that Australian churches take a moment to reflect and pray with us for the people of these countries in the midst of the COVID crisis.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 

Helping India and our Indian communities here in Australia

  • Multifaith Statement - Helping India from Australia

  • Vigil for India - Tuesday 11 May 

  • Act for Peace Emergency Appeal and other fundraising details

“Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”  (cf John 15:5)

16 - 23 May 2021, in the week between Ascension and Pentecost.

Local events are being held across the country during this week. Australian resources are now available from the NCCA website.

ACRTx150What's in a number?

Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce (ACRT) Chairperson, Rob Floyd, takes us through the numbers representing people who have come to Australia seeking safety. More than a number, each one seeks hope for the future.  

Ration Challenge 2021

Sunday 13 – Saturday 19 June 2021

There has never been a more important time to take the Ration Challenge.

Events and news from our churches:

  • Preventing Violence Against Women Forum - 15 May 2021

  • Children & Families - Stories of Childhood - 22 May 2021

  • Intergenerational book launch – 9 June 2021

bookshopcataloguex150Free Ecumenical books 

The National Council of Churches in Australia has a range of Ecumenical books which we would like to give away. We have over 120 titles to choose from, many with multiple copies. There is bound to be something in our Library that will be of interest. 

World Immunisation Week, April 2021

  • WCC - Simple vaccination message: 'Do to others, what you want them to do to you'

  • WCC church resources: WCC materials educate—and advocate—for vaccine awareness and equality

  • In the media: Global faith leaders call for drug firms to vaccinate world against COVID

CCA

Recognising the massacre of Armenians as genocide

The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) joins with millions of Armenians all over the world who welcomed the US government’s decision to recognise the massacre of about 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 as genocide.

Reconciliation & multifaith: 

Aboriginal worldviews and the Australian Christian heritage delivered by Senator Patrick Dodson.

You are invited to join in this virtual lecture on Monday 10 May 2021.

Time: 6:00pm (Can/Syd/Mel/Hob), 5:30pm (Adelaide/Darwin), 4:00pm (Perth)

Sowers of Hope 

Prayer, scripture, reflection and dialogue to celebrate the end of Laudato Si' Year.

When: Friday 21 May 2021, 5:30 - 6:30 pm (AEST)

Where: Online event 

Preaching Good News into a New Norm

A 3-day festival to inspire and enliven preaching across Australia. To be held at venues in Sydney CBD, Canberra, Regional Hubs and Online

When: 1 - 3 June 2021 

On the Way to Sigtuna 2022: 

"Heeding the Spirit: New Horizons in Receptive Ecumenism”  

A one-day digital event that will provide excellent preparation for the Fifth International conference in Receptive Ecumenism in 2022.  An introduction to the topic for any interested scholars, church leaders, and ecumenical practitioners.

When:  17 June 2021 

Australian Young Writer's Award 2021

Theme: Mental Health - Post-pandemic recovery challenges and resilience

Open to all Australian primary and secondary school students.

Submissions due: 31 July 2021, by 11:59pm (AEST)

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The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed.

(Prov.11:25 The Message)

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