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Media Releases

NCCA and ARRCC Media Release

11 August 2021

“As people of faith, we need to know, in detail, how our Federal Government and Opposition will respond to this Report with appropriate policies and budgeting” says Bishop Philip Huggins.

Tuesday, 22 June 2021 11:10

A new season of community support

NCCA ACRT Media Release

“Our churches, and other faith communities, are willing and able to be more involved in supporting refugees in our communities.... But we need government to make the changes... and encourage this community movement by giving permanent protection." Ms. Elizabeth Stone, NCCA General Secretary.

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. (2 Thessalonians 2:16–17 NIV)

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 – 19 January 2021

Writing to the Prime Minister, Hon Scott Morrison, … President of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA), Bishop Philip Huggins has suggested “that for this January 26, you might announce a reconsideration of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.”

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..."

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