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Media Releases
Friday, 15 February 2019 15:49

Churches call for humane treatment

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Media Statement released 15th February 2019

The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA)  together with the Australian Churches’ Refugee Taskforce (ACRT) call for an end to the demonising of refugees and asylum seekers and a humane approach to their care and support.

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Australia Day Vision 2019 

Media Statement released 18 January 

As the 231st anniversary of the colonial establishment of NSW approaches, represetatives from three Australian faith groups bring their contribtion to the discussion on the 26 January.

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As the angels sing ‘Glory to God in the Highest’.

Our son was listening at a distance as his four year old daughter told the Christmas Story to another four year old, using a picture book.
...“and then these angels came. So the paddock people went to see the baby Jesus for themselves..!” she exclaimed with much delight. 

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NCCA Media Statement 

13 December 2018

We are soon to remember Jesus born in a Bethlehem stable, there being no other place.

 

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NCCA Media Statement 

19 October 2018

On Thursday morning 18 October a delegation of six faith leaders met with both the Minister for Immigration David Coleman and the Shadow Minister Shayne Neumann. They spoke to the Ministers of the desperation of the people on Nauru and Manus Island and the work that faith-based groups do with these people.

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NCCA Media Statement 

17 October 2018

On Thursday morning 18 October a delegation of six faith leaders will visit Canberra to discuss the plight of asylum seeker children on Nauru. NCCA President, Bishop Philip Huggins and NCCA Interim General Secretary, Liz Stone will be part of this delegation and will speak with both the Minister for Immigration David Coleman and the Shadow Minister Shayne Neumann.

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NCCA Media Statement 

20 June 2018

Bishop Philip Huggins, NCCA President, reflects on his time with the UN Commision on Human Rights last year and laments the withdrawal of the United States from the UN Human Rights Council.

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On Tuesday15 and Wednesday 16 May 2018, a group of 26 Sudanese and South Sudanese church leaders from across Australia came together in a National Consultation at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Canberra, under the auspices of the NCCA.

The two day consultation culminated in the finalisation of a key statement which, assisted by DFAT, was delivered to the South Sudan peace talks in Addis Ababa the following day, Thursday 17 May.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 16:27

Easter Messages 2018

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Easter Messages from Leaders of Christian Churches in Australia 2018

The National Council of Churches in Australia wishes all a healthy and holy Easter.

Chiara Lubich, wonderful Founder of the Focolare Movement, speaks of “Jesus forsaken” and “Jesus in our midst”.
These two phrases convey the Pascal mystery....

Bishop Philip Huggins, President National Council of Churches in Australia 

 The 11 messages follow.

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Can you imagine the love and reverence with which the angel said Jesus’ name, when the angel spoke to Joseph?

“You are to name him Jesus for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) 

Friday, 24 November 2017 15:22

Refugees in Manus Island PNG

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Australian Christian Churches stand in unity for compassion, justice and dignity for refugees in Manus Island, PNG.

November 24 2017

The National Council of Churches in Australia, Act for Peace and the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce stand together to bear witness to the suffering that Australia’s bipartisan refugee policy in regard to offshore processing, has caused.

Saturday, 02 September 2017 15:23

Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce

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Churches to provide support to refugees to prevent them being forced back to danger

Text from Media Press Conference Tuesday 29 August 2017 

The Very Reverend Peter Catt, Anglican Dean of Brisbane has called on Australians to support a network of agencies who will provide necessary shelter and support to refugees whose income support and accommodation has been removed by the Turnbull government.
 

The full Media Release follows.

Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:24

Easter Messages 2017

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Easter Messages from Leaders of the Christian Churches in Australia 2017

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. … they ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’

As we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord, and hear and receive the accounts of disciples encountering the Risen Lord, may we rejoice that the Lord is truly risen. May we be assured that he has gone before us. Like Mary Magdalene may we with eager hearts tell our sisters and brothers what we have witnessed and may we , like them, meet Jesus on the way.

 The National Council of Churches in Australia wishes all a healthy and holy Easter.

Sr Elizabeth Delaney, General Secretary
National Council of Churches in Australia

The 10 messages follow.

 

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:05

Media Release - October 2016

  

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The National Council of Churches writes to the Prime Minister and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

The President and Board of Directors of the National Council of Churches in Australia published a Media Release asking for cooperation to settle the asylum seekers from Nauru and Manus Islands.

The Media release states "The continuing reports out of both places are a source of deep concern."