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November 2017 Issue 2

Conversations with the Archbishop

3a korea small7.30am, Wednesday 29 November

Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne VIC

Former Foreign Minister Bob Carr will join military and diplomacy expert Dr Sally Burt and Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne Dr Philip Freier to discuss the rising tensions between North Korea and the United States.

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Dear friends

Last week the National Council of Churches staff together with Act for Peace held its end of year function. This seemed extraordinarily early to me. You will notice that I did not say that we celebrated our Christmas party - because we had not even entered the church's season of Advent. It was certainly a reminder to me that the end of the year is fast approaching. It was significant for me also as I will be finishing my three-year term as General Secretary on 4 January and, sadly, I will be leaving NCCA.

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We stand up for compassion, justice and dignity for refugees in Manus Island, PNG.

November 24 2017

The National Council of Churches in Australia, Act for Peace and the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce stand together to bear witness to the suffering that Australia’s bipartisan refugee policy in regard to offshore processing, has caused.

Earthkin Event

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Date: Saturday December 2, 2017

Time: 9.30am-12.30pm.

Place: Catherine McAuley Room 6 Victoria Road, Parramatta, NSW

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2017 Christmas Bowl  

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

Achala was born in a refugee camp in Tamil Nadu, India. It is all that Achala has ever known. Achala’s grandmother, Praveena, fled from Sri Lanka with nothing when civil war came to her village.

Safe Church tip

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Q: Are nametags a useful ministry tool or tacky and embarrassing to wear?

Using some’s name is an essential part of making them feel welcomed and included. Nametags help facilitate learning people’s names.

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Application date extended

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 28 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.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

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Where: Worldwide
When: 25 November - 10 December 2017

Every human being is precious in God's eyes – and that includes women and girls!

16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence begin on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and end on 10 December, Human Rights Day.