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November 2018 Issue 2

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He comes, He comes.

The Season of Advent for Western Churches begins this Sunday, 2 December. This is a time of waiting and preparation. It is a time of reflection and prayer where we focus on the themes of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace, a prelude to the Feast of the Nativity on Christmas Day.


Bishop Philip Huggins delivered a theological reflection on the first day of the Regional Consultation on Migration, Trafficking in Persons and the Asian Diaspora held in Bangkok, Thailand. The Consultation, held on 12 - 14 November 2018, was organised by the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) of which the NCCA is a member. 



#ThursdaysinBlack and the UN 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence

In every country, gender-based violence is a tragic reality.

We all have a responsibility to speak out against violence, to ensure that women and men, boys and girls, are safe from rape and violence in homes, schools, work, streets - in all places in our societies. 

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On the 17th and 18th of October 43 participants from around Australia participated in the third FRANC summit in Melbourne. This was launched with a dinner featuring Professor Patrick Parkinson speaking on religious freedom.


VICHolding the Light – a service to remember those impacted by domestic violence
Sunday 2 December 2:30 -3:30 pm
St Peter’s Anglican Church, 315 Gisborne Street, East Melbourne 

NSW - Shared lunch and forum with Sister Patricia Fox SND and religious and faith groups
When: Saturday December 1, 2018 from 12:30 – 3:30 pm
Where: St Mary's Church Erskineville, 21 Swanson St, Erskineville

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ICAN have launched their online art auction to raise funds for their work to raise awareness and build support for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The auction began on 14 November and runs through to 10 December 2018. The day that exactly one year ago ICAN was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. 

Lsix150An Australian Ecumenical Response to Pope Francis’ Laudato Si

When: 8 - 10 March 2019
Where: St Clement’s Retreat and Conference Centre, Galong NSW



Religions for Peace Australia(RfP)have conducted an audit of mulitfaith and interfaith activity in each state along with the National Capital. The Audit results find skewed activities and significant variations in support of multifaith and interfaith activity.



Queensland Scholarship

The scholarship is available to people aged 17-30 who have expressed an interest in the World Day of Prayer.
Applications will be received until 15 January 2019.

Christmas Bowl 2018 - Advent Bible Study

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Act for Peace would like to share God's love this advent and have developed a weekly bible study guide which is being mailed out to all their supporters. So, as Christians, you can respond to and faithfully live out, the Gospel call to be generous in love and to participate in God’s mission to bring healing, wholeness and hope to those facing hardship and injustice.

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Advent 2018

The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network (PIEN) has released a series of Advent reflections based on the lectionary readings from Luke’s Gospel (Year C). It contains stories and photos from the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), a program of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

Ecumenical Facilitator/Executive Officer

SACC Logox150Re-advertised. Application date has been extended and applications are invited for this role, based in Adelaide, South Australia.

Applications close: midday (SA time) Tuesday 4 December 2018.


Knapsack for the Journey of Faith: Pilgrimage Bible Studies

World Council of Churches - Theological Study Group

You are invited to reflect on the diverse stories of these pilgrimages in the Bible and connect the dialogue between biblical contexts and contemporary contexts.

Jonah 1:1-16 "Many Cultures, One Goal – Life", by Guido Dotti 

World Council of Churches

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Job Vacancy - Programme Executive for Ecumenical Relations

Work with the General Secretary, Deputy General Secretary for Unity and Mission, the Director of Faith and Order, Christian World Communions and ecumenical organisations.

Stationed: Geneva, Switzerland
Start: 1 March 2019
Application deadline: 30 November 2018


Myanmar Church Leader Rev Dr Yam Kho Pay mourned
The Rev. Dr. Yam Kho Pau passed away on Sunday 25 November 2018 in Yangon. He was a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the immediate past General Secretary of the Myanmar Baptist Convention (MBC).

CCA Consultation - Empowering Asian Women to Combat Gender Based Violence
A three-day Consultation focused on the theme ‘Transforming the World and Building Peace’ was part of a new programme initiative – Ecumenical Women’s Action against Violence (EWAAV).


NSW Jewish Board of Deputies mourns Immediate Past President, Jeremy Spinak

The NCCA wishes to express our sincere sympathy with the Jewish community, colleagues, friends and family on the passing of Jeremy Spinak, aged 36, from cancer earlier this month.

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Launch of 'Our Stories- Empathy and Education Leading to Action.'

'Our Stories' is about discovering and exploring the stories of refugees building a new life in Australia.

When: Tuesday 11 December 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm 
Where: 10 Kingston Street, Richmond VIC


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