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Media Releases

RELEASED 23 May 2024

The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) looks forward to welcoming Rev. Prof. Dr. Jerry Pillay to Australia 

Rev. Pillay is the 9th General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), and is an Eminent Ecumenical guest at the NCCA Forum in June 2024.

‘He is Risen’

“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die” (John11:25-26).

Stories of hope do not seem to get the same level of attention as those that focus on what is terrible in the world.

Easter is a powerful story of hope.  

The 14 messages follow. 

Jesus is not here, He is Risen!

The empty tomb is a sign of LIFE, HOPE AND LOVE, says World Council of Churches General Secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay in his 2024 Easter Message. 

"...In every situation of suffering and death today let us be reminded that the Risen Lord brings us life, hope, and love." 

Thursday, 22 February 2024 14:33

Joint Statement

RELEASED 22 February 2024

Act for Peace and the National Council of Churches in Australia support call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza

“The situation in Gaza is catastrophic with millions of people without a place to call home or food for their families,” says CEO of Act for Peace, Elijah Buol OAM.

Thursday, 14 December 2023 12:25

2023 December - NCCA Media Statement

Permanent Ceasefire urgently needed to ease suffering in Gaza

The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) has released a Media Statement renewing its call for peace in Gaza.

The NCCA  supports the Australian Government’s call for an immediate and sustainable ceasefire.

 ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace, good will among people’. Luke 2:14

We are soon to celebrate God’s presence with us in the birth of Jesus ….There is such a contrast with the beauty and wonder of the Christmas story and the present-day reality of the Holy Land.

NCCA and its member churches invite you to join together and pray for peace and goodwill among people this Christmas.

Friday, 20 October 2023 17:08

NCCA Public Statement

On Hamas Israel Armed Conflict

The NCCA President, on behalf of National Church Leaders, has released a Public Statement regarding the armed conflict in Israel and Palestine. 

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.

You believe in God, believe also in me 

(John 14:1 NIV). 

Easter Sunday is the Christian celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection after being crucified on the day called Good Friday. The Easter messages from our churches speak to our Australian and world context this Easter season.

 The 15 messages follow. 

Christ makes all things new

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay shares an Easter message of hope and renewal, reflecting on the moment when Jesus Christ, on the cross cries: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Tuesday, 21 February 2023 12:40

Faith Leaders' Open Letter

Call for constitutionally guaranteed Voice 

Released:  8:00 am, Wednesday 22 February 2023

Reverend John Gilmore, President of National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) is a joint signatory to the Open Letter from Australia’s leaders of major religious organisations to federal parliamentarians on 22 February 2023. The letter calls for support of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament as requested in the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart.

‘So this is Christmas and what have you done’?

"May the grace and beauty of Christmas create hope in us and guide our actions."  

NCCA and its member churches invite you to join together and pray for hope and compassion this Christmas.

First Peoples Voice, Diaspora and Migrant worker issues highlighted at first meeting

PCPAN Release: Friday 22 July, 2022

Representatives of Pacific and Australian Churches have concluded the first face to face meeting of the Pacific Church Partnership Advisory Network (‘PCPAN’) in Canberra, with a focus on self-determination, Pacific migrant labour, development in the Pacific and an affirmation of the vital role of Churches, faith-based agencies and civil society organisations as development actors in their own right.

Thursday, 12 May 2022 15:17

A Call to Unite in Prayer

MEDIA RELEASE: Thursday 12 May 2022

The NCCA invites you to affirm and celebrate our connections to each other and God’s call to unity during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 29 May to 5 June 2022.

“Beyond our differences, there are expressions of warmth, respect and of our common humanity.” NCCA President Rev John Gilmore


Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.     1 Peter 1:3

Messages from our churches speak to our Australian and world context in this year’s Easter Sunday celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection or rising from the dead after being crucified or put to death on the day called Good Friday.

The 14 messages follow. 

MEDIA RELEASE: Monday 7 March 2022

New President Rev John Gilmore chaired his first Board meeting for the National Council of Churches in Australia on Ash Wednesday 2 March.  His opening reflection on the Churches’ season of Lent was based on Luke 9: 51-56, when Jesus “resolutely turned his face towards Jerusalem”.  

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