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September 2021 Issue 2

Interfaith Prayer meeting on 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Events 

The sharing of prayers and reflections was a gathering of the Australian National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims and Jews (ANDCMJ) led by Liz Stone, NCCA; Dr Amin Hady, Muslims Australia/AFIC; and Jeremy Jones, ECAJ. A selection that speaks to our times is shared with you.

Care of our common home 

  • Ecumenical Prayer Service: Online Sunday 10 October 2021 4:00 pm (AEDT)

  • First ever Joint Statement : Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch and the Archbishop of Canterbury

Peaceful Yearnings amid nuclear plans

NCCA President, Bishop Philip Huggins, reflects on peace, loving our enemies and choosing abundant life.

We pray, in the prayer Jesus gave us: “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” 

Celebrate National Unity Week 

The NCCA is partnering with the Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) to promote the celebration of this week. Reach out and connect with your local Muslim community.

  • National Unity Week - 22-30 October 2021 and National Mosque Open Day - 30 October 2021
  • DATE CLAIMERS - Online panel events

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Peace, Justice and Mercy for the people of Myanmar

When: Sunday 19 September, 5:30 -7:00 pm (AEST)

What: online gathering to pray for the people of Myanmar 

  • SA Ecumenical dialogue - "Crying Out"  Exploring the Statement from the Heart and care for the environment

  • The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Development Fund  - Applications are being received for 2021-2022. 

  • Martung Upah Appeal - Your gift makes an enormous difference to help us support our First Nations people.

Australian Leaders from Afghanistan have an urgent message for the Church 

It has been one month since the Taliban forcibly took control of Afghanistan. Join in this urgent action!

Sharing resources to ensure Safer Churches

  • Online workshop for safeguarding professionals: re obligations, compliance and verification of checks -Thursday 23 September 2021 

  • "LIKE THIS" Short film screening - Child Wise's documentary by young people about life online - 28 October 2021

  • DATE CLAIMERS - Upcoming webinars – 15 October and 22 October 2021

Eastern and Orthodox churches celebrate

  • Armenian Apostolic Church: first Mass in 106 years

  • Coptic Orthodox  Church: Coptic New Year 11 September

  • Romanian Orthodox Church in Victoria: first Romanian Orthodox Monastery in southern hemisphere

  • Greek Orthodox Church: Exaltation of the Holy Cross - 14 September

Alan Matheson 

24 August, 1937 – 12 September, 2021

Alan was a friend to many, a man of deep faith, and he loved his family and its growth. He embraced, people, life and faith, and an enduring commitment to ecumenism.

A Covid-19 Wellbeing Statement :

Rethinking Health from a Theological and Pasifika Cultural Perspective 

The Pacific Theological College (PTC) has produced this statement on the COVID-19 Health crisis. It is graciously shared with Australian Churches.

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Should churches push harder to resist untruths?

Yes, say digital justice thinkers 

September 21

  • Raising Peace Festival: Thursday 16 - Sunday 26 September 2021

  • Online Interfaith Prayer Service: - Tuesday 21 September 2021 at 2:00pm  (AEST)
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  • Virtual UN Peace Day Event: Tuesday 21 September  5.30-6.00pm (AEST)

INSPIRED FAITH ACTION TOWARDS COP26

Briefing on Local and Global Preparations for a Successful COP26 

An online webinar organised by the Interfaith Liaison Committee (ILC) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

When: Monday 27 September, 6:00-7:30 PM AEST 

SAVE THE DATES

  • 'What does it mean to be ecumenical':  The NSW Ecumenical Council - 9 October 2021

  • Taizé Prayer: - 22 October 2021

  • 'Entering the Year of Luke": Churches Together SA - 20 October 2021 

Women Leaders in the Abrahamic Traditions

Role Models for Our Time

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

The Children in the Pictures

You’re invited to an advanced screening of this powerful documentary film to raise awareness about the online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC).

13sJoin faith communities all around the world on October 17 and 18 taking bold action on the climate crisis.

The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) is calling on churches across Australia to put up a banner or ring bells to sound the climate alarm as part of a global faith-based day of action two weeks out from the crucial COP26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow.

 17 - 23 October 2020

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

This Anti-Poverty Week we are calling on our governments to unlock poverty for millions of Australians by raising income support above the poverty line and investing in social housing.

 

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The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed.

(Prov.11:25 The Message)

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