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October 2021 Issue 1


Our history shows that disunity makes the Gospel harder for people to hear.

I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one”. John 17:20

Ecumenical Prayer Service:

in prayerful preparation for global environmental talks: From Season of Creation to COP 26.

Online: Sunday 10 October 2021 4:00 pm (AEDT)

Upcoming webinars, online training and celebrations

  • NCCA Safe Church Professional Learning webinar - Friday 22 October 2021
  • Child Wise - 5 and 14 October 2021
  • NSW Reportable Conduct Scheme for Religious Bodies - 15 October 2021
  • Children's Week 23-31 October 2021 

  • NATSICC Virtual retreat - I am the vine, you are the Branches. 21-24 November 2021

  • The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Development Fund  - Applications close Friday 15 October 2021.  Funding made possible from the Martung Upah Appeal 

Actions for Afghanistan 

Thank you for showing your support for the people of and refugees from Afghanistan over the past month.

There is still work to be done and here’s what we can do.

Hear the calls to keep our oceans and seas nuclear free: 

  • “If You Are Not Against Us, Be For Us”: -  Pacific Conference of Churches 
  •  ‘wrong direction at the wrong time’: - ICAN 
  • Open forum: nuclear submarine deal - ICAN -Tuesday 12 October

The fifth Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia

The NCCA joins member churches in encouraging prayers for the Plenary Council, from Sunday 3 - Sunday 10 October 2021. 

"May the favour of the Lord our God rest on us;

establish the work of our hands for us—

yes, establish the work of our hands."   Psalm 90:17

WCC s2World Council of Churches

In lead-up to COP26, churches augment calls for climate justice

"The crisis generated by the pandemic reinforces the urgency to act to stop the degradation of the ecosystem, the call further notes."

Lessons from Covid-19 for the Climate Emergency 

A five-part video series which acknowledges the global crisis of the COVID pandemic and directs our thinking to the greater crisis of Climate Emergency.

Welcome to the New Family: Baptism: A Simple Guide for Families

By Paul Bland and illustrated by Tracey Beadnell

The Coming of Jesus Christ: past, present and future 

An Advent Study from Rev. Dr Chris Walker, UCA.

Entering the Year of Luke

An ecumenical online and in person event with Rev'd Dr Joan Riley sharing her reflections on Luke and its message to us, in our diversity and communion together, as one body in Christ.  

When: Wednesday 20 October 2021 

Approaching COP 26 - Faith organisations are joining the call for prayer, reflection and action

  • Interfaith Liaison Committee (ILC) Webinar - Brooke Prentis and Bishop Philip Huggins share their reflections

  • Edmund Rice Centre Webinar -  share the recording 

International Ecumenical Solidarity Gathering for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines

You are invited to attend a virtual gathering

When: Thursday 7 October 2021

Time:  19:00 -21:00 Manila  | 13:00-15:00 Geneva  |  7:00-9:00 New York  

10 -17 October 2021

Join together in prayers for peace.

This year the annual interfaith gathering of prayer and peace will be held on Sunday, 10 October 2021 at 3:30-4:30 (BST). It will be held virtually and anyone is welcome to attend.

Women Leaders in the Abrahamic Traditions

Role Models for Our Time

When: Sunday 10 October 2021, 2:30 - 4:00 pm (AEDT) - live stream

3rd National Social Cohesion and Inclusion Conference - Online

Explore the approaches, methods and experiences that can guide our country to foster greater social cohesion and inclusion into the future. 

When: 12 October 2021, 10 am - 1 pm AEDT

 1 - 31 October. 

‘Mental Health: Post Pandemic Recovery Challenges and Resilience'  is the theme for the 2021 Awareness Campaign.

The Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) have scheduled a variety of events throughout October. We encourage you to join in!

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