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Media Releases
Friday, 24 January 2020 12:34

The Way Forward on Climate Change Policy

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Media Statement 

Bishop Philip Huggins, NCCA President, together with Bishop Stephen Pickard, Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture have invited Australia’s Ambassador for the Environment, Mr Jamie Isbister, to speak at a Canberra seminar on 6 February 2020 to better inform the way forward on climate change policy.

 “In charity, let us assume we are all learning together about climate change..."

God of life and death, our prayers today are where our hearts and minds have been during these last days; with those communities and individuals whose lives have been damaged in differing ways by the bushfires. We thank you for the volunteers responding. We pray for relief.

For a full description of various Australian church responses in the national bushfire crisis, see the World Council of Churches’ media of 2 January 2020:

www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/churches-in-australia-act-on-national-fire-crisis-with-responders-and-prayers

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“The love in which God made us was in God from without beginning”

Looking at the Nativity scene this year, I am mindful of Julian of Norwich’s insight from the vivid revelations of the divine love, which she received as a gift.

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 15:49

Lifesaving Medevac Legislation to be repealed

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"...the Government must immediately open a humane resettlement pathway for people detained on PNG and Nauru and guarantee that those seriously ill people will receive the appropriate health care."

 Media Statement 

NCCA President Bishop Philip Huggins is calling upon our National Parliamentary Leaders to work together to prevent global temperatures rising further and convene a round-table conversation with civil leaders. 

"Humankind must find a quite unprecedented and sustained level of cooperation." Says Bishop Huggins, "We urge our PM and our Leader of the Opposition to meet together and shape a way forward..."

ACRT briefing notes and Media Statement 

Briefing notes produced by the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce (ACRT) aim to address the misinformation and confusion being peddled by sections of the media and politicians about the Australian Government’s official processes for refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia and those in offshore detention. The Taskforce also calls for medical transfer legislation to remain as it is saving lives.

Friday, 06 September 2019 12:35

A Call for Prayer around Australia in Churches

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For UN International Day of Peace, Saturday 21 September.

"We are living in dangerous and anxious times. The need for peace-makers is vivid." Bishop Philip Huggins, President of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) declares in a statement released to the Media on Thursday 5 September 2019. 

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Let them settle here.

In a Media Statement released 21 May 2019, the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) and the Australian Churches’ Refugee Taskforce (ACRT), together with Australian Jewish, Christian and Muslim Leaders, called upon the Government to resolve the plight of the refugees still detained on Manus and Nauru.

Thursday, 04 April 2019 09:56

Easter Messages 2019

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Easter Messages from Leaders of Christian Churches in Australia 2019

May your Holy Week and Easter be a time of beautiful renewal

....A new beginning is what we need, for the whole human family, away from fear and hate, towards love and trust....

Bishop Philip Huggins, President National Council of Churches in Australia 

 The 13 messages follow.

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.