The NCCA have released two media releases that might be of interest to our readers. The first highlights an impending visit by the WCC Living Letters team, the second talks about a recent meeting between the NCCA and Executive Council of Australian Jewry.
Statement on Impending visit by the WCC Living Letters Team
The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) welcomes the decision by the World Council of Churches (WCC) to send an international ecumenical delegation to visit the Indigenous Peoples of Australia from 12-17 September 2010.
The visit is in response to an invitation extended by the NCCA with the view to shed light on the human rights situation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to show solidarity with the Indigenous people who feel their voices are not heard. The focus of this visit will be the impact of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER).
The invitation to the WCC was extended following a forum held in 2009 by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission (NATSIEC) of the NCCA. This forum brought together Indigenous Church leaders from around Australia to discuss the Australian Government’s NTER. The aim of the forum was to show solidarity with Aboriginal people in the NT, and to formulate a common response and plan for action. A key recommendation arising from that forum was to ask the NCCA to extend an invitation to the WCC to send a Living Letters team to visit the Northern Territory.
ECAJ and NCCA Address Concerns Together
Representatives of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) and of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) met in Sydney on Thursday August 12 following the NCCA’s recent Resolution on ‘Palestine & Israel’.
There was a serious exchange of views during which the ECAJ raised concerns about the NCCA process and about some details of the text of the resolution. Discussion together enabled NCCA participants to explain the process involved as well as the context, background and purpose of the NCCA resolution.
“The talks helped Christian leaders better understand the concerns of the Jewish community and helped Jewish leaders better understand the reasons for the adoption of the resolution. The meeting also helped participants understand how we can work collaboratively towards common goals.” said ECAJ President Robert Goot.