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November 2019 Issue 1

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A reflection for All Saints and All Souls Days 2019 by Bishop Philip Huggins

In Meg Wroe’s painting of Rublev’s Trinity, we are invited to come to the table of divine hospitality in all our uniqueness. 

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ACRT briefing notes and Media Statement 

Briefing notes produced by the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce (ACRT) aim to address the misinformation and confusion being peddled by sections of the media and politicians about the Australian Government’s official processes for refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia and those in offshore detention. The Taskforce also calls for medical transfer legislation to remain as it is saving lives.

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Moral Discernment in the Churches - NCCA Assembly

Participants at the NCCA member Assembly on Thursday 31 October welcomed the opportunity to reflect on how our churches engage in moral discernment. In particular, when they make decisions about moral matters that are part of public discussion.

The highly successful meeting was facilitated by the NCCA Faith and Unity Commission led by Rev Dr Gerard Kelly from the Catholic Church and Rev Dr Morag Logan from the Uniting Church in Australia. 

2019 - 70th anniversary of the Christmas Bowl

Bringing water, life and light to South Sudan.

Jesus tells us that whoever follows him will have the light of life. Here on earth, we can shine his light by sharing the simple, miraculous blessings that sustain us all. Water is life. And through the Christmas Bowl, you can bring safe, life-giving water to many families in South Sudan. 

Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Melbourne and Affiliated Regions

Golden Jubilee Gala

Our Coptic brothers and sisters celebrated their golden jubilee at a formal dinner on Sunday 3 November 2019 in Maidstone, VIC. In attendance were Church leaders along with many of the faithful Coptic congregation. Bishop Philip Huggins was especially honoured to be invited to join in the celebration.

Evensong to pray for Anglican-Roman Catholic Reconciliation Bp MPx150

When: Sunday 10  November 2019, 6:00 pm
Where: St John's Cathedral, 373 Ann St,  Brisbane QLD

Michael Putney Memorial Lecture - Receptive Ecumenism: Living the Undivided Life 

When: Tuesday 26 November 2019, 7:00 pm
Where: Hanly Room, Francis Rush Centre, 277 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane QLD

#SaveMedevac VIGIL

When: Monday 10 November 6:30 pm to Monday 11 November 2019 at 9:30 am
Where: Federation Mall, Parliament House, Canberra ACT
What: An all-night vigil on the lawns of Parliament House before the Senate votes on the Medevac repeal.

All are encouraged to participate, to demonstrate the solidarity of Australian people with the right to access adequate medical treatment.  

Holding the Light

Remembering victims and survivors of domestic violence

Date: Sunday 1 December 2019 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue: St Francis' Catholic Church, 326 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC

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NCLS Leaders' Briefing 2019

NCLS Research and McCrindle Research are delighted to announce a special event in November, in three capital cities.

Melbourne: 8 November 2019 - Brisbane: 14 November 2019 - Sydney: 22 November 2019

This briefing event is for denominational leaders, church health consultants and missional thinkers.

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Help raise funds for the Christmas Bowl

Rev Dr Martin Luther King: The Story of Dr King's campaign to secure voting rights via the historic Selma to Montgomery march 1965.

When: Monday 2 December 2019, 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm start

Where: Gawler Cinema 

Book Review by The Rev'd Dr John Littleton

The Truth We Owe Each Other: Mutual Accountability in the Ecumenical Movement. 

By: Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary WCC
Published by: World Council of Churches (WCC) Geneva: 2016

The Truth We Owe Each Other is an eye-opener. Dr Littleton says of Tveit's work. "...a significant contribution to ecumenical ecclesiolögy".

Children's Christmas Book offer

Designed to connect the kids in your life with the reason for the season, The Who, What, Why, How of Christmas is a little book with a big message.

The books are being given away for FREE (normally RRP $2.99) - with free shipping to Australian addresses. The aim is to have everyone across Australia engage in the Bible story.  

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The suspension of COP 25 in Chile: Climate Change and a Just transition 

On 30 October, after two weeks of mass demonstrations, the Chilean government cancelled the twenty-fifth Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. COP 25 was scheduled for December in Santiago, Chile. 

On 31 October, Henrik Grape of the World Council of Churches WCC released a blog regarding the suspension of COP 25. He states, "A narrative that could serve as a vehicle to meet the climate emergency we are facing must have a just transition as a core value." 

JMCA Friendship Walk 2018 

The Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia (JMCA) invites you to come along and spend and afternoon walking in friendship and goodwill.

Date: Sunday 24 November 2019

Time: 1:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Starting: Australian Albanian Islamic Society, 765 Drummond Street, Carlton North  

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Give now to the work of the NCCA. Just click on the donate button.  

The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed.

(Prov.11:25 The Message)