The Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry began in 1977 and has grown to over 1,500 volunteers trained to respond to disasters in Victoria.
The Council’s work is assisted by six Commissions. Members of Commissions are invited for their expertise and commitment to the ecumenical journey.
Membership of the Victorian Council of Churches is open to all churches whose faith and practices are in accord with the mission statement of the Council.
Each month VCC sends out an electronic newsletter covering upcoming events and latest news from around Victoria and Australia.
  • The Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry began in 1977 and has grown to over 1,500...
  • The Council’s work is assisted by six Commissions. Members of Commissions are invited for...
  • Membership of the Victorian Council of Churches is open to all churches whose faith and practices...
  • Each month VCC sends out an electronic newsletter covering upcoming events and latest news from...

Welcome to the Victorian Council of Churches

The Victorian Council of Churches is a fellowship of churches which confess to the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the scriptures and seek to fulfil together their common calling to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Read More >>


  • 05.08.16
    Paper: "Finding our Voice with Indigenous Australia" Ven. Archd. Karen Kime

     2016 Oration pic

    Please click on the picture above to find a transcript of the Ven. Archdeacon Karen Kime’s Oration delivered at the VCC Oration on 2nd August, 2016 at the Centre for Theology and Ministry in Parkville.

  • 29.07.16
    JCMA Press Release - To Our Christian Brothers and Sisters


    Statement Issued 28th July 2016

    Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia

    To Our Christian Brothers and Sisters

    We were deeply distressed to hear of the attack in the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray and the brutal killing of Father Jacques Hamel in his church.

    This is an affront to all people of religion and we join together as Jews, Christians and Muslims to condemn this violent attack in a place of peace and prayer.

    Know that we share in your pain and sorrow.  The victims and their families and friends are all in our prayers.

    We unequivocally condemn those who carried out this attack in the name of God and reject their toxic distortion of Islam.

    Gathering this weekend for our annual conference, we stand together in the hope that our love and compassion will help overcome bigotry and hatred.

    May the blessing of Shalom, Peace, Salaam speedily grace our planet.

    Rabbi Ralph Genende

    President JCMA on behalf of JCMA

    Media Enquiries 

    Ginette Everest, JCMA Executive Officer

    Tel: (03) 9287 5590        Mob: 0400 211 221   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

    About JCMA

    Members of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities have been coming together since 2003 in JCMA forums, conferences and events to learn more about each other and address some of the more difficult and controversial questions our communities face today.

    JCMA recognises the importance of educating our young people in intercultural understanding and respect and runs a primary and secondary school program in Victoria.   A Jewish, Christian and Muslim present together giving students and teachers the opportunity to challenge stereotypes and learn to respect diversity and difference.

  • 20.06.16
    World Refugee Day - 20th June, 2016


    Celebrated each year on 20th June, it is a time to reflect on the challenges faced by refugees and the courage they demonstrate in overcoming them.

    It is also an opportunity to focus our support for millions of people who have been displaced by war, disasters, and humanitarian crises. Multiple humanitarian emergencies in Syria, Iraq, the Central African Republic and more have forced record numbers of people to flee; world refugee numbers have not been this high since World War II.

    They say "a picture speaks a thousand words", and we leave you with this image from Iraqi artist Abbas Alaboudi, and his reflection about detention:

    child in detention

    I described the situation of children in detention by this painting he Do not know why he is behind the fence does not know when to come out of the detention does not know what his guilt ( please share show all the world what is happening in detention)


    Saturday 25th June at Brunswick Town Hall

    Lentara UnitingCare, Amnesty International and Moreland City Council are partnering to celebrate Refugee Week with a fun festival by refugees, for refugees and all Australians who support them.

    Festival of Hope is back with an even bigger and better celebration of refugees and the positive impact they have in our community!

    Whether you are already a passionate advocate, have a curiosity to learn more or are simply looking for a fun and positive day out, this event is for you.

    A taste of what to expect …

    • Inspirational speakers including businesswoman and community leader Mariam Issa who founded Resilient Inspiring Women (RAW) and the community garden that has revolutionised the sea side suburb of Brighton
    • Market Stalls selling things to feel good about from social enterprises such as Sisterworks and Free to Feed
    • A Congolese dance workshop that will teach you some new moves
    • The Action Hub where you can take a stand and fight for more humane policies
    • An art exhibition showcasing works by local students on the theme of courage
    • Scintillating storytelling that will get you on the edge of your seat
    • Advocacy workshops led by organisations with the knowhow on becoming an advocate and activist in this space
    • Free henna art and face painting
    • The chance to meet with and learn from leading organisations in the field including Uniting Care Lentara, Road to Refuge, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Free to Feed and Sisterworks
    • A delicious array of food trucks and Melbourne’s finest coffee

    For further information, you can also visit their event page on Facebook:

    Festival of Hope 2016

  • 22.04.16
    Ration Challenge Meal for Churches

    Join Churches Across Australia and Show Refugees We're With Them, Not Against Them


    Refugees need our help now more than at any time since World War II. This June, join hundreds of churches across Australia taking part in the Act For Peace Ration Challenge by sharing a meal of refugee rations - exactly the same rations eaten by refugees living in refugee camps in Jordan - and provide life-saving support to refugees around the world.

    Refugee Ration

    (Please click on the above picture for further information)

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  • Prayer for Peace in Syria

    Prayer for Peace in Syria

    God of compassion,

    Hear the cries of the people of Syria..

    Bring healing to those suffering from the violence.

    Bring comfort to those mourning the dead.

    Strengthen Syria's neighbours in their care and welcome for refugees.

    Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,

    And protect those committed to peace.


    God of hope,

    Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with enemies.

    Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,

    And give us hope for a future of peace built on justice for all

    We ask this through Jesus Christ,

    Prince of Peace and Light of the World,


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