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September 2019 Issue 2

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National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) 9th Safer Churches Conference, Brisbane 2019:
Transforming (Churches) Cultures: Listening, Reflecting Acting 

“Transforming our cultures requires profound attentiveness to each unique person, a love that is pure, without ego, and practical” commenced Bishop Philip Huggins. We are called to offer people hospitality, compassionate understanding, deep listening and hope for as long is needed.


"Transforming Cultures: Listening, Reflecting, Acting"

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"From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded" (Luke 12: 48)

The NCCA Safer Churches 9 Conference was held at the Mercure Hotel, Brisbane QLD on 17 - 18 September 2019. The focus of the Conference was on ensuring that Australian churches are informed by key leaders who are experts in child safeguarding in Australia.  

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A reflection for Australian Christians

Matthew 25: 42-45 

"For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink...."

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Making it real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world

The 2019–2020 Statement can now be ordered from the The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Social Justice Office.

The statement includes the practical guide: Ten Steps and prayer card.

 Your urgent prayers are encouraged for Mary Jane Velosoblue doc icon

Advocacy on behalf of Ms Veloso continues, with the upcoming hearing on Thursday 26 September in the Supreme Court of the Philippines. This could potentially be the last hearing against Veloso’s alleged recruiters. As she languishes in an Indonesian prison, her testimony has yet to be included in her trial.


blue doc iconSubmissions to the Senate extended until 30 September.

On 25 July 2019, the Senate referred an inquiry into the adequacy of Newstart and related payments and alternative mechanisms to determine the level of income support payments in Australia to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 27 March 2020.

13 - 19 October 2019

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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.

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South Australian Council of Churches is moving

New office:
Unit 1, 76-80 Sturt Street Adelaide SA
The office will be closed until Thursday 3 October. Please expect delays with Emails and phone messages during this time.

 Australian Religious Press Association

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Publication of the year was awarded to Eureka Street and Press Service International received the Gutenberg Award.

World Council of Churches

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International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September

Nora Carmi's reflection explores humanity, equality in God’s creation

As the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel commenced, Nora Carmi offered a morning reflection at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 16 September. Carmi is a civil society worker on justice and peace issues who is from the Orthodox community.

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Improving policy, practice and public support

Save the Date

When: 13-214 February 2020
Where: QUT Gardens Point Campus Brisbane, QLD  

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