Visiting WCC, Archbishop of Canterbury speaks on “ecumenism of action”

 16 February 2018

"During a visit to the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva on 16 February, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby spoke on an “ecumenism of action” as he also congratulated the WCC on its 70th anniversary."

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At approximately 11:30pm Saturday 17th March, numerous large fires began in the South West of Victoria around Terang, Hawkesdale and Cobden.

People evacuated to Relief Centres with over 400 people in the Cobden Relief Centre throughout Saturday night.

VCC Emergencies Ministry had volunteers in the Warnambool Emergency Relief Centre from 12 midnight and the Colac Emergency Relief Centre from 6am Sunday morning.

Since 6am Sunday morning, VCC EM have had teams in Relief Centres in Warnambool, Camperdown, Colac, and Cobden. We were unable to access the Relief Centre in Port Campbell.

Our emergency operations centre was open from 6am on Sunday morning and staffed with volunteers. It remains open for the foreseeable future.

We have had 3 Incident Activity Coordinators supporting the management of the response, which has been fantastic. Our systems are working.

We activated the whole of Barwon South West volunteers who have provided the majority of the workforce to date.

Other areas were called in including Ballarat, Macedon Ranges and Western Metropolitan Melbourne.

The support to the community is just beginning with outreach to start in the coming days.

If you can support our efforts by responding to calls for assistance or you feel you can spend a couple of days in the area in the coming weeks, please call the State office and register your availability.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - 2018 

The Week of Prayer this year runs from 13-20 May.  This year’s theme is “Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power : Exodus 15:6. The Resources were prepared by the Churches of the Caribbean. A small Australian group has worked on the resources to bring some Australian flavour to them.

While most of the resources are Pdf files, the Order of Service is in Microsoft Word. This allows for local congregations to adapt the service to suit their particular needs. For example local prayers and hymns can be inserted.

The Resources can be found here.



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.


Attached are a flyer and invitation for our upcoming February / March course in Melbourne and would greatly appreciate if you could share these with your networks.  


 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.


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.

New Pres

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

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

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/


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