You are invited to come and see the presentation of the first ever environmental awards for churches in Western Australia. Hear about how WA churches have been greening their buildings, worship, congregations, outreach and community leadership. Celebrate with churches from multiple traditions as they join others all over Australia in being recognised for their dedication to caring for God’s creation and our environment. Learn more about the Five Leaf Eco-Awards program and how your church can be involved.
Saturday, 12 May, St Luke’s Anglican Parish, 20 Monument St Mosman Park, 4.00pm for a 4.30pm start.
Please RSVP to Jessica Morthorpe on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0409 503 369 before 4 May.
In response to the devastating floods across parts of Fiji in the past few weeks, Act for Peace, with the generous support of AusAID, is providing crucial assistance to logistical and humanitarian assessment work in the aftermath of the disaster. These funds will enable Act for Peace to support the Fiji National Disaster Management Office to hire aircraft, boats and vehicles to carry out assessments across the country and deliver aid in hard to reach places as well as supporting the delivery of water to affected areas including evacuation centres.
Recent heavy rains and flooding have caused several deaths in Fiji, severely damaged homes and infrastructure and forced thousands to take refuge. The Australian government has committed up to $1 million to support Fiji’s disaster response activities.
Act for Peace has worked across the Pacific Island nations of Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Tonga since 2008 implementing the Pacific Community for Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction (PCIDRR) program. This program has supported hundreds of villages to improve their preparedness and response to natural disasters.
To find out more about the PCIDRR program, please click here.
Diplomats from nearly 200 countries will spend month of July at the United Nations to negotiate the proposed Arms Trade Treaty.
Their challenge lies in keeping the arms trade open to militaries, police forces and other groups who are judged to use arms legally and responsibly, and closing the trade to those who don’t. Arms manufacturers, gun enthusiasts, as well as civil society organizations and churches are seeking to influence the outcome. Continue reading
Trip Leader Rev Dr Ian Robinson
This Spirit Journey to be led by Ian Robinson and Rick Read July 7-15, 2012 to the semi arid zone and the big lakes between Coolgardie and Sandstone. This will include a walk around the sculptures on Lake Ballard. OR if weather intervenes, something totally different in which case you will be consulted. We have budgetted to spend one night at Koora Retreat en route, which will be a treat, tbc.
We plan to have at least a couple of days without any driving, so that your bush walks, art, writing, photography, etc can be done in depth. Otherwise, we move on fairly often, so that we do not impact the fragile desert ecology too much.
We cater for special food needs, except for vegan, so don’t forget to tell us.
General information about Spirit Journeys starts here. Or cut and paste the following link:
You are warmly invited to a Memorial Service for Pope Shenouda III which will be held at
St Mary & Archangel Michael Church, 318 Shepperton Rd, East Victoria ParkWA 6101 At 7.00pm on Thursday 22nd. Fr Abram Abdelmalek will receive condolences at that time. Please contact email@example.com if you require any further information
CCWA is delighted to welcome Right Reverend Brian Kyme to the role of President. Bishop Kyme is currently the Director of the Institute of Anglican Studies at St Georges Cathedral in Perth.
He has had a long involvement with both the ecumenical movement and is a past member and office bearer of CCWA. The Council looks forward to sharing his experience and wisdom.
The Council is equally as delighted to welcome Rev Dennis Ryle, Church of Christ Wembley Downs, as Chairperson. Dennis has had a long association with CCWA as an Associate and Member of the Council. He has been a tireless worker for ecumenism which is most clearly demonstrated in his work with the Council, and in his Church which has been operating as a Peace Church for a number of years, in response to a CCWA initiative. Two areas of focus have emanated from this – a local congregational environmental policy, and the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan.
The Council welcomes his commitment and enthusiasm.
Electing new office bearers means saying farewell to those who have held the role, and it is with regret that we say goodbye to Ramzy Sawiris, past President who not only leaves the role but also CCWA as he travels to USA to continue his work in the oil and gas industry. We thank him for his wisdom the clear thinking; for his boundless hospitality, and for his dedication and commitment to our churches working together.
We also thank past Chair, Rev Jeni Goring for the graciousness that she brought to that role. She has also been deeply involved with the ecumenical movement and has been able to offer much knowledge and understanding as the Council has grappled with some difficult issues. We are delighted that Jeni will remain on the Council.
The Council of Churches WA Annual General Meeting was held at St Peters and Emmaus Church Joondanna on Saturday morning. The gathering heard reports from staff members, chaplains and associate members, which provided an overview of the work of the Council in 2011.
Rev Allan Forsythe spoke about the difficulties experienced by exiting prisoners who may have lost touch with their families and friends, and who find it difficult to find supportive communities.
Rev Lorna Green, Acting Field Officer, spoke of a new vision for the way in which CCWA resources chaplaincy in a number of settings – hospital, prison and industry.
Please contact Isobelle at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to know more about the work of the Council.
Pope Shenouda III, spiritual leader of the Egyptian Coptic Church since 1971 and a president of the World Council of Churches (WCC) from 1991 to 1998, passed away of natural causes on Saturday 17 March. In a letter to the church dated 18 March, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit paid tribute to Pope Shenouda’s unwavering pursuit of Christian unity and peace throughout the Middle East and the world.
“As a leader he taught us that modesty is the best way to serve Christ,” wrote Tveit, noting that Shenouda is remembered as “a strong believer in Christian-Muslim conviviality and cooperation. His initiatives in the field of interreligious dialogue contributed to the unity of the Egyptian people.” Continue reading