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November 2017 Issue 1

Sr Elizabeth Delaney sgs

Dear friends

The past weeks have been so full!

During four days of this week, I attended the fourth international receptive ecumenism conference in Canberra. As you know from the advertisements for the conference, the theme was Leaning into the Spirit: Discernment, Decision-making, Reception.

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Manus Island

Let us pray for the asylum seekers and refugees that remain in the detention centre.

Sutherland Springs, Texas

Let us pray for the people of the Wilson County community, grieving for the loss of loved ones after a gunman open fired on worshippers in the First Baptist Church.

Antiochian Church of Australia

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Metropolitan Elected

We rejoice with the Antiochian Church as Archimandrite Basilios Kodseie elected as metropolitan of the Diocese of Australia, New Zealand and Oceania.

The Antiochian Holy Synod, held in St. Elias Showaya monastery 4 October, 2017 elected Archimandrite Basilios (Qoudsia) as a metropolitan of the Australia, New Zeland and Oceania Diocese. 

A Service for the Women's and Children's Hospital

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Adelaide, SA

Tuesday 21 November 2017

7pm, St Peter's Cathedral, King William Road, North Adelaide

Together in Hope 

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Commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. 

The celebration was held last Tuesday, 31 October 2017, Adelaide City, SA

For those that attended it was a very inspiring day of events, full of hope and promise for the future.

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Bringing hope and healing to the world through the Christmas Bowl  

For many refugees, access to basic healthcare is incredibly difficult.

This was especially true for Achala as she was diagnosed with leukaemia at just eight years old. Help seemed nearly impossible.

Safe Ministry tip

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Q:Do I really have to fill in the sign in sheet, every time?

A: Yes, because nothing is more important than safety.

Parents and carers should complete a sign in sheet every time they drop their child off at crèche or Sunday School or other children’s ministry. 

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Beverley Anne Hicks 30 September 2017

Beverley passed away, aged 89 years.
Affectionately known as Bev, she worked alongside her husband Kevin, in the areas of Ecumenism, Interfaith Relations and Inter-church Families.

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National Coordinator 

NCCA Safe Church Program

The National Council of Churches in Australia are looking for someone to fill this full time permanent position.

The role will be based in either Sydney or Melbourne CBD.

Applications close: Tuesday 14 November 2017

The Safe Church Program is an initiative of the NCCA and consists of the Safe Church Training Agreement (SCTA), Safe Church Network, and the Safe as Churches? Conferences.

Iranian Baha'i leader released in Tehran

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We rejoice with our friends of The Australian Baha’i Community in the news of the release of Mrs Fariba Kamalabadi.

Mrs Kamalabadi, a Baha’i leader, has been imprisoned in Evin Prison, Tehran since her arrest on 14 May 2008. 

Asia Mission Conference 2017

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The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) recently held the Asia Mission Conference (AMC) in Yangon, Myanmar from 11 to 17 October 2017. The theme of the Conference was Journeying Together: Prophetic Witness to the Truth and Light, in Asia.