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September 2019 Issue 1

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Stop Still for Peace on UN Peace Day, 21 September.

We know peace is both a gift from Jesus and our responsibility, as we are called to be peace makers.

Peace as gift and task come together when we meditate and pray. Can we make a special effort on UN Peace Day, September 21, especially in the morning?

“Blessed are the peace- makers, they shall be called the children of God”. (Mt 5)

"Transforming Cultures: Listening, Reflecting, Acting"

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Last week to register online. 

17 - 18 September 2019 - Mercure Hotel, Brisbane QLD

The NCCA Safer Churches 9 Conference will focus on ensuring Australian churches are informed by key leaders who are experts in child safeguarding in Australia. Information will be delivered on the implementation of best practice in safety and inclusion for children and vulnerable adults as well as the very important process of cultural change for our churches and related organisations.

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The Australian Government invites submissions on a package of legislative reforms on religious freedom. These are the:

  • Religious Discrimination Bill 2019
  • Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019
  • Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Freedom of Religion) Bill 2019.

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2019 Theme: “Climate Action for Peace”

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This year's theme draws attention to the importance of combatting climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world.

Join in an event in your area.


Join the UN High Commissioner in Sydney

 Free and Equal: An Australian Conversation on Human Rights

UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet returns to Sydney as a special guest and keynote speaker at the Conference. 

When: Tuesdsay, 8 October 2019 8:30 am – 5:00 pm AEDT
Where: The Hyatt Regency, 161 Sussex Street Sydney, NSW 

AgsFVfrx150An evening of delight, passion & power: Ayşe Göknur Shanal

An invitation to be "mesmerised and energised over the course of what will be an absolutely delightful, powerful and once-only performance.”

When: Saturday 12 October 2019 at 7:30pm
Where: UCA Wollongong Mission - The Church on the Mall, 116 Crown Street, Wollongong, NSW 


“Moving Beyond white fragility and Saviour complex for partnership with Aboriginal Australians”

Rather than reconciliation, the Uluru Statement calls for Makarrata, “a coming together after a struggle.”

When: Monday 21 October 2019 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ACDT
Where: Uniting College for Leadership and Training, 312 Sir Donald Bradman Drive Brooklyn Park, SA  

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Dr Florina Xavier, Act for Peace's Return and Reintegration advisor in Sri Lanka, gives a reflection on resilience working with refugees.

Florina shares her experiences working with refugees and on her Act for Peace role.



Celebrating Diversity

Multicultural Australia is a Multi-faith Australia.

Is your Church, congregation or organisation planning a multifaith event and in need of funding? Don't overlook the various State Government bodies that offer funding grants for multicultural activities. 

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World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel - 15-22 September

"Humanity and equality in God’s creation"

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, hopes to see people of faith unite in worship services, educational events and acts of support for a just and sustainable peace for both Palestinians and Israelis.


Deloitte Access Economics report

The economic benefits of improving social inclusion - Lifting Australia's living standards

What is the economic dividend from Australia having a more inclusive society?

The recently released Deloitte Access Economics report shows that greater social inclusion could lead to improvement in employment and health outcomes, increased workplace productivity and reduced cost of social services.

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Annual Fundraising Dinner

Support Together for Humanity to develop school students' interfaith ad intercultural understanding.

Date: Saturday 14 September 2019 7:00pm - 9:30pm 
Venue: Himalaya Emporium Function Centre, 1/258 South Terrace, Bankstown NSW 


1 Season of Creation begins
1-7 National Child Protection Week
2 1991: Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation Act passed by Parliament
7 National Threatened Species Day
10 World Suicide Prevention Day
12 RUOK Day
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