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September 2023 Issue 2

"We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. 

There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. 

In return—I speak as to children—open wide your hearts also."

(2 Corinthians 6:11-13) 

The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) has engaged in a process to seek to understand the landscape for Australia’s national churches and explore how we might live our desire to be better together.

Survey closes: 27 October 2023

We encourage you to participate in this important survey.    

The NCCA has two funding opportunities currently available

  • Refugee Support Fund Grant: Applications due Monday 30 October 2023. 

  • The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Development Fund:  Applications due Monday 30 October 2023. 

The Voice referendum


  • A Song for The Voice - Anglican Church Southern Queensland (ACSQ)
  • Spirit Dream & One People One Land - Monica Brown 

Press Release: Faith Leaders for The Voice

AfPx150A letter from Janet Cousens, Outgoing CEO, Act for Peace

At the end of this month, Act for Peace bids farewell to its CEO of the last six and a half years, Janet Cousens.

Read her farewell letter, where she reflects on her remarkable journey with Act for Peace and introduces the new Interim CEO. 

Climate change and Child Safety

A new study, co-authored by the World Council of Churches shows that climate change poses a growing threat to children’s health and well-being.

News from the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)  

  • September action: third time asking for 'Integrity in Public Office'
  • Media Release: 4 September 2023 

 Let Justice and Peace Flow  

 “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5: 24)  

Celebrate the Season of Creation. 

  • Church and Christian community resources are now available.
  • Laudato 'Si - a second letter is to be released by Pope Francis on 4 October 2023.

Rev James Bhagwan in Adelaide, SA

You are invited to join Rev James Bhagwan, General Secretary, Pacific Conference of Churches at either of the following ecumenical events:

  • Polkinghorne Oration with Rev James Bhagwan - Thursday 5 October 2023
  • Breakfast with Rev James Bhagwan - Friday 6 October 2023


Asia Sunday 1 October 2023

Theme: ‘God, Renew Us in Your Spirit and Restore the Creation’  

Asia Sunday is to be observed in conjunction with 15th CCA General Assembly.

New appointment in Rome for former NCCA General Secretary

The NCCA congratulates Rev Tara Curlewis on her new dual roles as the minister of the Church of Scotland’s St. Andrew’s Church and as the Reformed Ecumenical Officer for the World Communion of Reformed Churches.

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SAVE THE DATE: 15 - 27 October 2023

Taking action to end child poverty in 2023 

During Anti-Poverty Week, YOU can help fight poverty & hardship.

The Abrahamic Religions in a Pluralist Society: Help or Hindrance to Peace?


When: Sunday 22 October 2023, 2:00 - 5:00 pm (AEDT) 

Where: Amity College, Auburn NSW

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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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