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October 2019 Issue 2

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A prayer by Bishop Philip Huggins for care of God’s creation in advance of COP 25 Santiago, Chile 

The Santiago Climate Change Conference, which will feature the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and meetings of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies, will take place from 2-13 December 2019 in Santiago, Chile. 

In appreciation of COP25 delegates' hard work, on Sunday 8 December a retreat is being offered to recharge and prepare for the second week of discussions. NCCA's President, Bishop Philip Huggins, will be one of the key people assisting with dialogue and meditations at the COP 25 recharge and reflection day.  

The Anglican Parish of St John’s Camberwell, in cooperation with the the Parish of Our Lady of Victories, extends an invitation to members of the Catholic and Anglican Churches in Melbourne (and all others of goodwill) to join them for a service of Prayer for Reconciliation between the two communions.

When: Sunday 3 November, 7:00 pm 
Where: St John's Anglican Church, 522 Burke Road, Camberwell, VIC.  

Doctoral Lecture Series, Dr David Turnbull  

Capacity Building for Multicultural Church: Lessons from a South Australian Clergy Study 

When: Tuesday, 29th October, 7pm – 9pm
Where: Tabor Christian College, 181 Goodwood Road, Millswood  SA

Registrations open now 

The Australian Baha'i Community invites you to attend the Social Cohesion and Inclusion National Conference to explore the settings, approaches, methods and experiences that will guide our country to foster greater social cohesion and inclusion into the future.

Registrations Close: 1 November 2019

Date: Friday 8 November 2019, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Venue: Harbourview Hotel, North Sydney NSW 


Multifaith conference about climate crisis

Register now! Come and meet some of the most switched-on-faith-inspired climate activists. 

Where: Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall St, Barton ACT
When: Friday 8 to Sunday 10 November 2019 

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A presentation by Rev Rod Bower, Rector of Gosford Anglican parish and social activist

Date: Saturday 9 November, 2:00 - 4:30 pm.
Venue: Metropolitan Community Church, 96 Crystal Street, Petersham 

Receptive Ecumenism: Living the Undivided Life Bp MPx150

When: Tuesday 26 November 2019, 7:00 pm
Hanly Room, Francis Rush Centre, 277 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane QLD
Geraldine Hawkes, former Facilitator, South Australian Council of Churches

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A statement by peace-building organisations. 

Released to mark International Peace Day 2019, the statement is the work of the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) and over 100 other organisations. The statement calls on governments and the international community to: move from commitments to action on peace in the 2030 Agenda; align crisis response with longer term prevention and peace-building efforts; protect and support civil society; and recommit to multilateral-ism as a safeguard for the most vulnerable.  

Catholic Church in Australia 

National Prayer Campaign for drought affected

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) is dedicating the month of November as a time to pray for those affected by crippling drought conditions - to pray for the "gift of rain".

White Haze – Racism in Modern Australia 

Rev Glenn Loughrey, of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne participated in the Asia regional webinar, Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination in the Asian Context. The webinar was facilitated by the World Council of Churches (WCC). Rev Loughrey shares his presentation, White Haze - Racism in Australia with us. 

General meeting 2019


Our friends at the Western Australian Council of Churches are having their Annual General Meeting on Sunday 10 November, opening at 1:45 pm for a 2:00 pm start.

Discussion on the theme: Inquiry into Elder Abuse will be facilitated by Rev Brian Carey, and will be in the form of a discussion panel with Q&A. Refreshments will be served after the meeting, ending by 4:30 pm.

2019 - 70th anniversary of the Christmas Bowl

It was 1949. Millions of refugees were starving in war ravaged Europe. Rev. Frank Byatt believed we have a responsibility to share what we have with others who need it. He saw it as a fundamental part of living out Jesus’ call to love our neighbours as ourselves (Mark 12:31). 

And as Frank looked at his heavily laden Christmas dinner table, the contrast between our abundance in Australia and the needs of others around the world could not have been more stark. This is still true in 2019. 

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Youth Forum 

"Shut Up & Listen to us!"

A Youth Forum that focuses on getting the millennials and Generation Z’s voice heard when discussing big issue topics such as Identity & Belonging, Mental Health & Cyber-bullying, Jobs & Artificial Intelligence, Climate Change & Refugees and more.

When: Thursday 14 November 2019 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Victoria University Metro West, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray, VIC 

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