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September 2020 Issue 2

 Sunday 20 September 2020

“Bear with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bones of peace: One Body and One Spirit”. Ephesians 4

Reminder: National Days of Prayer and Fasting 26-27 September 2020

Ration Challenge 2020

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Sunday 13 – Saturday 19 September 2020

This week thousands of people across Australia have been taking the Ration Challenge. Together they have raised nearly $2,000,000. 

It’s not too late to get involved!  Let’s show we really are #inthistogether

Keeping Churches and Faith Communities safe

Sharing the following information and resources:

  • NCCA Child Safety Framework Launch
  • Support for people with disability, families and carers
  • National Child Protection Week - Our churches
  • CPSL Leadership sessions - registrations close 25 September

Applications now being received

The Fund (ATSIDF) is set up to assist Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples by giving small grants for community development projects.

Closing date for current round applications: Friday 16 October 2020

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Prayers and resources

Join Christians in prayer and work for the care of our common home from 1 September through to the feast of St. Francis on 4 October 

  • Uniting Church in Australia: Season of Creation Prayer from UCA President, Dr Deidre Palmer
  • Columban Mission: Free resources to celebrate Season of Creation from Catholic sources
  • NCCA Letter: Minister for Energy & Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor
  • Anglican Board of Mission (ABM):  Climate for Change - A series of group studies about Christians and the Climate Crisis
  • WCC: Dr Louk Andrianos' reflection - “Confess the broken relationship with God”

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Financial Representatives of Australian National Churches (FRANC)

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  

Eastern, Oriental and Catholic Churches all mark this Feast Day on 14 September.

The NCCA would like to share with you, the  article 'Christians from Nineveh Plains celebrate popular Holy Cross Feast ' from La Croix International, 15 September 2020

International Ecumenical Convocation on the Defence of Human Rights in the Philippines

“When all the prisoners of the land are crushed under foot, when human rights are perverted in the presence of the Most High, when one’s case is subverted – does the Lord not see it?” (Lamentations 3:34-36, NRSV) 

An appeal to the Global Ecumenical Community for solidarity and action was held 17 September. 

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  • Online prayer service  -World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel: 14 September 2020 
  • "Jerusalema", the prayer that became a summer hit- a little light relief in difficult times 

2020 Theme: Shaping Peace Together

Worldwide, 21 September is a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

  • Live Webinar - The Voice of Impartiality: Maintaining Peace Building in a Turbulent World  Monday 21 September 7-8 pm 
  • Virtual UN Peace Day EventShaping Peace Together - your peace, our peace, world peace  Monday 21 September 5.15-6.00 pm 

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.

The politicisation of seeking asylum: Manus Prison theory and Australia’s response to asylum seekers

You are invited to join this free online seminar.

Date: Wednesday October 28, 2020 10 am-1 pm (AEST)

October is National Mental Health Month  

  • 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

NCCA has sent Rosh Hashanah greetings to the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and the Jewish community across Australia.

We echo the World Council of Churches' greeting “May this be a time of blessing, joy and peace for you,”  Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, Interim General Secretary WCC

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Give now to the work of the NCCA. Just click on the donate button.  

The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed.

(Prov.11:25 The Message)

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