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 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 Commissions. Members of Commissions are invited for their...
  • 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...

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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 >>

News

  • 20.06.17
    Installation of New President

    Press Release

    The Victorian Council of Churches is happy to announce that on the 13th May, as part of the Annual General Meeting of the Victorian Council of Churches, the Council installed a new President. His term is for two years commencing May 2017.

    The New President is, The Right Reverend Peter Danaher (Bishop of the Anglican Church). It is his wish to be known as Bishop Peter Danaher.

    Peter has had a distinguished ministry within the Anglican Church of Australia serving in both parishes and diocesan roles in both NSW (rural) and Victoria. He has recently retired from full time pastoral ministry at All Saints in Geelong.

    As he takes up this new role, he reminds the Church that the gift of unity is already amongst us, that God in his mercy has and continues to call the church to recognise and live more fully within the unity expressed at Pentecost and since, in the Catholicity of the Church.

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    The leaders of the Victorian Council of Churches at Bishop Peter’s Installation

  • 20.06.17
    VCC extends Executive Officer's Term

    Mr Ashok Jacob, President of the Victorian Council of Churches is delighted to announce the extension of Rev Ian Smith's term as Executive Officer of the Victorian Council of Churches. Rev Smith's term is until August 2019.

    The Leadership of the Council commended Rev Ian Smith for his commitment to Ecumenism, engaging with Church leadership and his enthusiasm. 

     

    Executive Officer

  • 03.05.17
    CAPSA/Uniting Church Community Action Training

    CAPSA and the Uniting Church in Australia are running some Community Action Training in May and June.

    There are two workshops focusing on:

    • Facilitating Community Conversations
    • Meeting your local MP

    A flier can be found by clicking on the image below and you can find more information and register here: https://capsa.org.au/action-training-melbourne/

    CAPSAUCA Training

  • 07.04.17
    National Action this Sunday Calling for Justice for Refugees

    NATIONAL ACTION THIS SUNDAY CALLING FOR JUSTICE FOR REFUGEES 

    Across the country tens of thousands of people will take to the streets for Palm Sunday actions calling for immediate action on Australia’s shameful treatment of people seeking our protection.

    “The US refugee deal is limited and uncertain”, said refugee advocate, Pamela Curr.

    “While the US deal may provide protection for some, there are grave concerns that many asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island may be forced to return to dangerous situations.  They need fair assessment of their claims, and should be brought to Australia where they can wait in safety.  We must end their suffering and bring them here.”

    In Melbourne the Walk for Justice for Refugees will be at Sunday 9 April, 2pm at State Library of Victoria, followed by a walk through the Bourke Street Mall returning to the Library.

    Speakers include people from refugee backgrounds – Nazir Yousafi, President of the Victorian Afghan Associations Network, Abdelhadi Matar, refugee & Sudanese community leader from Darfur, Idil Ali, community worker from Somali refugee background and volunteer with RISE, and a message recorded by Aziz, an asylum seeker held on Manus Island for nearly 4 years.  Representatives of the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities will speak in solidarity, and Daniel Webb, Human rights lawyer, and Jane Wylie who was a teacher of refugee children on Nauru will also speak.  

    There will be a strong interfaith focus, with Muslims, Jews and Christians walking under a single banner.  The Mass Melbourne Gospel Choir and other musicians will provide music before and after the Walk.  Over 140 organisations have endorsed the Walk in Melbourne, calling for the urgent release of the 2000 refugees (including 160 children) who are still held on Nauru and Manus Island.

    Key concerns to be highlighted by speakers included:

    • The depression and hopelessness experienced by innocent men, women and children on Nauru and Manus Island, many of whom are are enduring their fourth year of being detained.
    • The cruel reality of temporary protection visas. People who have been recognized as refugees face many years of uncertainty and indefinite separation from their loved ones.
    • That the ‘fast track’ assessment system is likely to result in many people being deported back to torture or life threatening situations. Assessment processes must be fair, thorough and transparent processes. 

    “It is time for us to stop the cruelty and show some compassion,” said Sister Brigid Arthur from the Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project. “We want to be part of a society that is shaped by compassion and justice for all people, and that must include people who are seeking asylum.  Our sense of justice and the ‘fair go’ says it is time to call a halt to this failed and tragic policy. Australia must not deport people to danger - it is time to bring the refugees here and to let them stay.”

    Pamela Curr: 0417517075

    Sister Brigid Arthur: 0408101134

     

    To arrange media interviews with speakers,

    contact Marie Hapke 0409 252 673 

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Prayers

  • 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,

    Amen

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