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October 2018 Issue 1

GS 2Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)

This is a prayerful time for our member churches as we wait for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to deliver a National Apology to the Australian Parliament on Monday 22 October 2018.


Financial Representatives of Australian National Churches (FRANC)

Building Collaboration, Innovation and Impact
It is just over a week now until the next FRANC gathering. This will be an ideal opportunity of learning, collaboration and networking for senior finance staff.

Dates: Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 of October 2018
Venue: Melbourne Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne, VIC 3002



We pray for Sulawesi and the people of Indonesia

A devastating earthquake hit Central Sulawesi, Indonesia on Friday 28 September 2018. It caused great destruction, loss of life and was followed by a similarly destructive tsunami. Areas affected include Donggala, Sigi and Parigi Moutong, the coastal city of Palu.

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Indonesia Emergency Appeal

Help the people of Sulawesi, Indonesia!

The sheer scale of this disaster is overwhelming, and still growing. Nearly 17,000 have been displaced, and over 1.5 million people have been affected.


NCCA Assembly Roundtable on Performance Appraisal Frameworks for Clergy and Church Workers (Recommendation 16.44)

31 October 2018 - St James Parish Hall, Sydney CBD 

We will look at current performance appraisal tools that incorporate recommendations of the Royal Commission relating to Child Safe Standard 5: that people working with children are suitable and supported and that supervision and people management have a child safety focus.

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Anote Tong public speaking tour - October 2018

Anote Tong, former president of Kiribati and one of the world’s most prominent advocates for global action on climate change, will be giving public talks in Melbourne and Sydney.

Melbourne: 12 and 22 October
Sydney: 24 and 25 October

 Australian Religious Press Association

ARPA logo sCongratulations to the winners of the Annual ARPA Awards.

Publication of the year was awarded to The Salvation Army's Others magazine and the NZ Baptist magazine received the Gutenberg Award.

17 - 18 October 2018 

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The poverty problem: whose fault is it anyway? A conference hosted by the Brotherhood of St Laurence for volunteer & paid workers in the community, support & emergency relief sectors.

When: 17 - 18 October 9:30am - 4:30pm
Where: The Rendezvous Hotel, 328 Flinders St, Melbourne


Justice for Refugees - Film Night, SA

Date: Sunday 14 October 3:45pm (doors open 3:00pm)
Venue: Capri Theatre 141 Goodwood Rd Goodwood

The Perth Peacemaking Conference, WA

Date: Saturday 10 November, 9:30 am – Sunday 11 November 2018, 4:30 pm AWST
Venue: St George'Cathedral Lower Burt Hall 38 Saint Georges Terrace


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Lutheran Synod pauses to reflect on National Apology

The Lutheran Church of Australia is currently holding its triennial General Convention of Synod in Sydney. The 19th Synod meeting began on Tuesday 2 October and will end on Sunday 7 October 2018.

On Wednesday 3 October the Synod paused as Pastor Andrew Brook led a prayer and reflection acknowledging the church's part in failing to protect the vulnerable in its care.


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.

Luke 24:13-35 "The Walk to Emmaus", by Susan Durber 

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019

Theme - "Justice and only justice you shall pursue" (Deuteronomy 16:18-20)

Resources prepared by WCC member churches in Indonesia are now available.


CCA Urges Prayers for Indonesian Quake Victims

In the aftermath of the devastation of Sulawesi by earthquakes and tusnami, the CCA General Secretary, Dr Mathews George Chunakara, has offered prayers for the healing of the injured and the consolation of all who grieve.


JMCA Friendship Walk 2018
When: Sunday 21 October 2018 1:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Start - AAIS Mosque 765 Drummond St, Carlton North 
An afternoon walking together in friendship and goodwill between a mosque, synagogue and a church.

Mediation and Compassionate Social Action

When: Saturday 27 October 2018 9:30 am – 4:30 pm AEDT
Where: North Fitzroy Library Community Room, 182/186 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North Melbourne, VIC
A day of presentations and dialogue. Experience contemplative practices that stimulate, inspire, nourish and sustain compassionate action.

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