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Ideas and enthusiasm generated by forum on faith-based organisations and community services

Thanks to all for an informative and challenging review of the role of Church-based agencies in Australia today.  Patrice Scales, Rev Olivia McLean, Marilyn Webster, Denis Fitzgerald at the forum
Around 50 people from a range of Churches and agencies gathered at Catholic Social Services on Monday 29 July 2013. Rev Ray Cleary spoke about the historical contribution of Churches to Australian society, and of the opportunities and challenges today to work for social justice, and to build on the contribution of a workforce diverse in its faith commitment, but rich in its motivation and commitment.

Captain Jason Davies-Kildea reflected on the strengths of faith-based community service organisations, and on the challenges facing Churches, and those facing community service organisations generally.   Other speakers, and participants generally, attested to the strength and diversity of the sector, and the reality of both opportunities and challenges that need to be engaged with.

 

For keynote address, please click here.

 

For link to original article, please click here.

We thank Bishop Philip Huggins for the following prayer for the victims of the bombing in Boston. May we also see in it a prayer for others who have died violently this week in many other places.

 

A prayer tonight for all those innocents who die violently and unprepared. Including that little boy in Boston, waiting to give his dad a hug ...
Heaven and earth both weep.

Attack on the Heart of Christianity in the Middle East

8th April, 2013

St. Mark Cathedral in Abbassiya, Cairo is the international headquarters of the Coptic Orthodox Church and it is where the Coptic Pope resides. Hence it has a great symbolic meaning in the hearts of all Copts worldwide. Today a red line has been crossed[...]

For the full Statement, please follow this link.

Thursday, 14 March 2013 07:32

The announcement early this morning that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina has been elected the 266th pope for the Roman Catholic Church has been welcomed by the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA).  He has taken the pontifical name of Francis I.

 

Read the full media release at the NCCA website

 

 

It is with sadness that we report the death of His Beatitude Ignatius IV, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, and leader of the Antiochian Orthodox Church. On behalf of the VCC community we express our condolences.

http://www.antiochian.org/content/his-beatitude-ignatius-iv-1920-2012-memory-eternal

Please find attached a media release from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council regarding asylum seekers by clicking on this link.

 

MEDIA RELEASE – 12 November 2012

For Immediate Release
from the National Council of Churches in Australia

Churches to Unite in Prayer and Fasting for Syria

The current plight of the Syrian people was a point of concern for the church leaders as the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) met in Sydney last week. Archbishop Malki Malki of the Syrian Orthodox Church told the council that many Christians have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety and peace.

The NCCA Executive, representing 19 Australian Churches issued a statement of support recognising the presence and witness of indigenous Christians in Syria, their contributions to Syrian society and their desire for a society based on mutual respect, justice and peace.

The Reverend Tara Curlewis, NCCA general secretary said “We have real concern for the people of Syria in light of the current violence, increasing loss of life and the destruction of places of worship”

“We are very concerned for those who have sought refuge in Syria as they have fled other areas of conflict in the Middle East.”

As an act of solidarity with and support for the Syrian people the member churches of the NCCA are requested to consider a time of prayer and fasting for peace and reconciliation. They are also asked to pray for the strengthening of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians in Syria and among the members of the Australian Churches whose heritage is from Syria.


Rev Tara Curlewis is available for Interview
Media Enquiries: (02) 9299 2215

 

Read here for an expression of sadness over the events in Syria, by Catholicos-Patriarch Khanania MARDINKHA IV, of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East.

Click Here to read homily on the refugees issue delivered by the General Secretary of the VCC, Mr Theo Mackaay at the Refugee Rally, on Sunday, 21st October.

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