YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED
This may not be the top story in the news tonight, but our neighbours in the Pacific have been hit by a devastating storm.
Cyclone Gita has devastated communities across Tonga. The category four cyclone arrived late last night bringing winds of over 233km/h, ripping roofs off houses and causing widespread flooding. Tens of thousands of people were left without power and water has been cut off.
Please help provide the emergency shelter, food, clean water and hygiene kits to families who’ve had their lives torn apart.
For further information, please follow the link to the Act for Peace website.
On behalf of Dr Joel Hodge, National Short Course Coordinator, Australian Catholic University.
Twice a year, the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy runs short courses in theology offering an opportunity to explore Christian faith and world religions without committing to a full degree.
These four week courses are suitable for parishioners, teachers, youth groups, university staff, students, and the general public who will learn with our leading theology, bible and philosophy scholars.
Education Officer for the JCMA Schools Program
An exciting part-time positon is available at JCMA to manage the JCMA schools program. The schools program has been running since 2007 and aims to positively counter prejudice, stereotypes and religious discrimination and encourage greater harmony in primary and secondary schools in Melbourne and regional Victoria. The program is designed to enhance young people's understanding and acceptance of different faiths and cultural traditions. TheJCMA provides a range of workshops featuring Jewish, Christian and Muslim presenters.
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"The Stones Cry Out" screenings
PIEN has arranged national screenings of the entertaining and powerful documentary, "The Stones Cry Out". The film explains that Christianity was born in Palestine 2,000 years ago, yet many are unaware Christians still live there. For over 60 years all Palestinians have suffered displacement, expulsion, & occupation and Palestinian Christians' voices have been drowned out in the turmoil. This is a chance to hear their story.
The event is just days away for the Brunswick screening on 21st September, with another one in Bayswater on 19th October. We don't want you to miss out on this important film. In fact, it is so important that you should bring lots of other people along too. This is an important opportunity to let your friends and church members see and learn about life for Palestinian Christians.
BRUNSWICK: 7:30pm, Thursday, 21st September. Bookings here (a pdf poster to this event available for download here)
BAYSWATER: 7:30pm, Thursday, 19th October. Bookings here (a pdf poster to this event avilable for download here)
If you need any more information, or if you have any trouble with these links, go to the PIEN website event page. We hope you can make it, this is a really important film.
Would you like to show this film in your town or church? Contact PIEN to discuss.
Installation of New Bishop
The Victorian Council of Churches joins with the Assyrian Church of the East in giving thanks to our Gracious God for the installation of their Bishop here in Melbourne. Last Sunday, The Rev Fr Ninos Elya was consecrated Bishop of the newly created Diocese of Victoria and New Zealand.
President of Victorian Council of Churches Bishop Peter Danaher with the leadership of the Assyrian Church of the East following the installation of Rev Fr Ninos Elys, Bishop of the newly formed Diocese of Victoria and New Zealand.
The Council prays that the new Diocese and Bishop will be welcomed extensions to the life and witness of our brothers and sisters from the Assyrian Church of the East.
The end of the financial year has come and gone but Refugees, People in Poverty and millions who suffer continue to need our support.
Donations are still urgently required and can be tax deductable. Thank you for your continuing support.
To donate, please visit http://www.actforpeace.org.au or Ph: 1800 025 101
Following recent “Consultation on 50 Years of Occupation and the Ecumenical Response,” held in the Holy Land, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said input received at the meeting will influence the WCC as it refines its strategies and programmes related to just peace in Palestine and Israel.
The WCC will study and analyse an open letter from the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine describing the state of injustice in the Holy Land, in particular the coalition’s recommendations for how churches worldwide could potentially help bring justice and peace to Palestine and Israel.
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.
The leaders of the Victorian Council of Churches at Bishop Peter’s Installation