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October 2020 Issue 1

A Prayer for St Francis' Feast Day

4 October 2020

All praise be yours, my Lord, through all that you have made

Francis of Assisi, 1225 Canticle of the Sun 


Prayers and Reflections on Reconciliation 

‘For the Healing of the Land’, was the theme for the National Solemn Assembly held on 26-27 September. Christians from around Australia prayed together. We share with you some of the reflections from our Member Churches. 

 Safe Church Program News

  • NCCA Child Safety Framework and Resource Hub launched
  • Queensland Churches Together: Zoom Workshop on Family and Domestic Violence 14, 21, 28 October

Applications closing soon

The NCCA invite applications for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development Fund (ATSIDF). The fund is set up to assist Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples by giving small grants for community development projects.

Applications due: Friday 16 October 2020

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A series of three Lunchtime Webinars - an ideal opportunity of learning and collaboration. Save these dates:

  1. Tuesday 13 October, 12.30 - 2 pm
  2. Friday 30 October, 12.30 - 2 pm 
  3. Thursday 12 November, 12.30 - 2 pm  

Gospel of Mark, The Quest for Home: The Household in Mark's Gospel

When: Wednesday 14 October 2020 7.00 - 9.00 pm (ACST)

Where: Online or in person, Blackwood SA  

Online Forum

The Quakers invite you to join them in their online forum on Australia's Indigenous Heritage. 

When: Thursday 15 October 2020

Where: via Zoom

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Pathways to Peace: Ecumenical Formation in a Conflict-Ridden World 

When: Tuesday 20 October 2020, 7:30 pm (AEST)
Where: via Zoom
Speaker: Dr Sarah Gehlin, University of Helsinki


Thursday 29 October 2020, 10 am - 12 pm (AESDT)

Reconciliation as mission for Australian churches

NCCA will be holding a Member's Assembly later this month. We will be hearing from churches and First Nation members of The Salvation Army, Lutheran, Seventh Day Adventists with a reflection from Anglican minister, Rev Glenn Loughrey.

Reconciliation Action Plan

The Lutheran Church of Australia has endorsed their first Reconciliation Action Plan


Wider partnerships and systemic efforts at grassroots are essential to combat trafficking in women and girls in Asia

‘This virtual conference organised and facilitated by the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA)  was held on 1 October 2020, called for systemic change supplemented with grassroots efforts to tackle the menace of human trafficking.

World Council of Churches 

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Ecumenical News

120th anniversary of birth of ecumenical pioneer Visser ’t Hooft  

Willem A. Visser ’t Hooft was the first General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC). He was instrumental in the development of the 20th-century ecumenical movement. 

New Secretary General for Middle East Council of Churches

WCC Interim General Secretary, Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca congratulates Dr Michel Abs on his election to this position.

Is a Just Peace possible?

Pax Christi Victoria invites you and friends to an online Zoom Forum - Palestine: A Turning Point?

When: Sunday 18 October 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm

Join the Prayer Breakfast 

Live streamed from Parliament House, Canberra. Guest speaker, Dr Meredith Lake.

When: Monday 12 Oct 2020  7.30 am to 8.30 am AEDT

11 - 17 October 2020

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Poverty exists. Poverty hurts us all. We can all do something about it.

Anti-Poverty Week supports the Australian community to have an increased understanding of poverty and to take action to collectively end it.

An Exhibition of Paintings

The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture invites you to an exhibition of paintings that depict Jesus in his everyday life.

Date: Commencing 12 Nov 2020 10:30 am - 5 Dec 2020 3:30 pm

Location: Chapel at the Australian Centre for Christianity & Culture

October is National Mental Health Month  

  • "Youth Mental Health Matters"  7th October 2020 1:00 PM AEST 
  • Carers Mental Health Forum 28 October 2020- 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEST, on Zoom
  • Mental Health Week - dates differ in States and Territories through October
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