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October 2019 Issue 1

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Discussion with Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission at the gathering of National Church Leaders in Sydney on 24 September 2019  

In the 8th Century, St. Bede writes of a certain esteemed leader who would sit for long periods, carefully pondering what might be done next.

The necessity for patient discernment now was evident when National Church leaders met with Edward Santow on 24 September.

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We were honoured to have Edward Santow, from the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), visit us at the gathering of National Church Leaders in Sydney on 24 September 2019.  

Discussion was held around the consideration of how best to respond to the draft Religious Discrimination Bill, released by the Attorney General, Christian Porter, on 29 August 2019.

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This Assembly will be an opportunity to reflect on how churches engage in moral discernment, especially when they make decisions about moral matters that are part of public discussion.

The day is facilitated by the NCCA Faith and Unity Commission and will be led by Rev Dr Gerard Kelly and Dr Morag Logan.

When: Thursday 31 October 2019 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Venue: St James Hall, Level 1, 169-171 Phillip Street, Sydney

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Call for Solidarity with the People of West Papua

The Ecumenical Forum of Churches in Papua has issued several pastoral statements in the last month calling for solidarity with the people of West Papua in response to an Indonesian military and police operation which has resulted in dozens of civilian deaths.

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One human family on planet earth and the PM’s "negative globalism"

A defining insight of those who went to the moon 50 years ago was that there are no lines on our earth, dividing one nation from another. They saw one human family on this beautiful blue and white ball, spinning in the vastness of a universe, the end of which is still to be found.

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NSW Ecumenical Council warmly invites you to this service.

The focus will be on the Tamil family currently being held on Christmas Island – the family who calls Biloela home.

When: Thursday 10 October, 2019 - doors open 4:30 pm
Where: Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 

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Armenian priest, composer, ethnomusicologist, choral conductor and teacher.

Featuring the Armenian String Quartet from Armenia.

When: Friday 18 October, 2019 
Where: The Concourse, Concert Hall, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood NSW

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Financial Representatives of Australian National Churches (FRANC)

Culture and Collaboration

This will be an ideal opportunity of learning, collaboration and networking for senior finance staff, with multiple events across differing venues. 

Dates: Wednesday 30 to Thursday 31 October 2019
Venues: Melbourne Catholic Leadership Centre, Victoria Pde and NAB The Hall, Bourke St, Docklands

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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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Grants are now open - close 5 November 2019

The Australian Government is inviting applications through an open competitive process to apply to deliver services under the Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Program: Fostering Integration Grants in 2019-20.

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10 OCTOBER 2018 

MAKE A PROMISE

See beyond the stigma and make mental health more visible by making a #MentalHealthPromise.

At home, at work, with family and friends, or in the wider community, we can all do something to help reduce stigma around mental illness and make way for more people to seek the help and support.

Unite in Support of Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma

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"Untangle the Knot of Complex Trauma"

Blue Knot Day is the Blue Knot Foundation's national awareness day celebrated in October every year. On this day, all Australians are asked to unite in support of the 5 million Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.

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22 October: Anniversary of National Apology to Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

As the first anniversary of the historic apology approaches, the Uniting Church Assembly is encouraging its church communities and congregations to mark the occasion with a Liturgy of Acknowledgement and Lament on or near 20 October.

 

 

World Council of Churches

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“Do you love me?” -  It’s a question about global warming

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, visiting New York just before the Climate Action Summit organized by the United Nations, asked this in the sermon he gave at Marble Church in New York City on 22 September.

Rev Tveit reflected,  "children and young people are asking this question in a new way. 'Do you care for our future? Do you love us? Do you love me?'".

 

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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)

 

 

October 
1 International Day of Older Persons
2 International Day of Non Violence
4 Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi - and Season of Creation ends
8 Yom Kippur begins - (Jewish Day of Atonement)
10  World Mental Health Day
11 International Day of the Girl Child