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Media Releases

Preparing Optimistically for Christmas.

Gracious God,

We give thanks, as with optimistic hearts, we are once again renewed by the Nativity scene of Christmas....

Media Statement 15 May 2020

In this time of uncertainty and increased anxiety the The National Council of Churches in Australia has joined together with organisations of many other faiths to share a united voice. 

 “ Compassion is at the heart of our faiths. It is our unifying ethic."

Thursday, 09 April 2020 15:45

Easter Message in film and song

What The World Needs Now, is Love Sweet Love

NCCA President, Bishop Philip Huggins, has joined with filmmaker Richard Keddie to release this message of love at Easter.  

This Easter may the love of Jesus be evermore vivid in all we think, say and do!

There is a saying of Blaise Pascal: “After the resurrection. Jesus no longer wanted to be touched, except through his wounds”.

This was the experience of relieved and delighted Mary in the Garden. (John 20:17)....


Media Statement 21 February 2020

In a Media Release made on Friday 21 February, The National Council of Churches in Australia has stated that it welcomes the Opposition's announcement made at midday of the same day.

 “Our hope and prayer is that this will soon be a bipartisan commitment."


Media Statement 14 February 2020

Bishop Philip Huggins, NCCA President, calls on Australians to develop a strategy with the aim of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050. 

 “2020 is a very big year for all who want to be good stewards of God’s wonderful creation...."

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:


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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

NCCA ACRT Media Release

"...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


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.

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