The Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry began in 1977 and has grown to over 1,500 volunteers trained to respond to disasters in Victoria.
The Council’s work is assisted by six Commissions. Members of Commissions are invited for their expertise and commitment to the ecumenical journey.
Membership of the Victorian Council of Churches is open to all churches whose faith and practices are in accord with the mission statement of the Council.
Each month VCC sends out an electronic newsletter covering upcoming events and latest news from around Victoria and Australia.
  • The Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry began in 1977 and has grown to over 1,500...
  • The Council’s work is assisted by six Commissions. Members of Commissions are invited for their...
  • Membership of the Victorian Council of Churches is open to all churches whose faith and practices...
  • Each month VCC sends out an electronic newsletter covering upcoming events and latest news from...

Welcome to the Victorian Council of Churches

The Victorian Council of Churches is a fellowship of churches which confess to the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the scriptures and seek to fulfil together their common calling to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Read More >>

News

  • 20.07.15
    Victoria Launches Embrace Diversity Campaign

    Dear Friends,

    As you would know there has been an increasing degree of activity by a number of parties that would seek to create fear and unease regarding our cultural diversity.


     

    On the 16th of July the Primer of Victoria Daniel Andrews launched a new #EmbraceDiversity campaign which aims to promote inclusion and harmony in Australia and around the world.

    There is interest in ensuring a clear recognition of the strength of our Multicultural Society and the benefits it brings not only in social terms but also the economic benefits.

    We are hoping to demonstrate the resounding commitment by political leaders, business, community, philanthropic and the not for profit sectors to the embracing of diversity.

    A number of high profile people have joined the campaign to show their support for diversity in the community. Click Here to watch the video.

    We’re encourage you to promote and share #EmbraceDiversity within your networks

    Follow us on –

    -        Twitter -  https://twitter.com/EmbDiversity

    -        Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/EmbDiversity

    -        Instagram - https://instagram.com/EmbDiversity

    Get involved

    -        Post a photo of yourself holding the #EmbraceDiversity sign;

    -        Change your profile picture to the Embrace Diversity logo; or

    -        Share your thoughts on what #EmbraceDiversity means to you;

    -        Remember to include #EmbraceDiversity in your posts.


    Our
    partners include but not limited to– AFL, Netball Victoria, FIFA Victoria, Twitter Australia, Facebook, Google Australia, Australia Post, Australian Super, VECCI, Westpac, Victorian Trades Hall, Scanlon Foundation, Breast Cancer Network Australia, Melbourne Writers Festival, Portland House Foundation, Cricket Australia, Google Australia, Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory, Linfox and Commonwealth Bank.

    If you need more information please don’t hesitate to contact me.

    Join the conversation. Help us #EmbraceDiversity

  • 03.07.15
    NCCA Anniversary and website

    Dear Friends

    Today is the 21st anniversary of the inauguration of National Council of Churches in Australia. We are celebrating this anniversary with the launch of our new website. I hope that you will Like us– and pass the link to others. It is a work in progress. Please let us know if you wold like us to add any news, request from your church or NCCA activity.

    Many will recall the event in St Christopher’s Cathedral in Canberra.

    Margaret Roberts, one of the artists involved in making the mantle, wrote:

    The biggest thrill for me was the impact the mantle had on the service. It was indeed very moving to witness the mantle being processed in, unfolded, passed from the representative of the Australian Council of Churches to the representative of the National Council of Churches and then unfurled further and in the hands of the dancers to flow over the heads of all those in the cathedral. This was accompanied by the most wonderful music of the ecumenical choir and instrumentalists singing 'You are my inheritance, 0 Lord'.

    May we continue to give thanks for the blessings received and continue to strive to fulfil the hopes expressed on that day.

    Peace

    Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Delaney SGS

    General Secretary

    National Council of Churches in Australia

  • 04.06.15
    Passing of Michele Harris OAM

    The Victorian Council of Churches notes with sadness the passing of Michele Harris OAM. Michele has been at the forefront of the movement for recognition of our First Peoples and has worked closely with Churches through her involvement with NCCA.  

    The Council sends its prayers and sympathies to Michele’s family and friends as they mourn a wonderful person. 

  • 26.03.15
    Victorian Council of Churches Statement

    Statement from Rev Ian Smith 

    On behalf of the Victorian Council of Churches      

    As the Churches approach our most sacred period, Easter, the Churches again affirm the Christian tradition of finding life in compassion, inclusion and in welcoming the stranger.

    This tradition reminds us of how Jesus reached out to the weak and vulnerable, including those on the fringes of society, and that today, Palm Sunday, is an expression of his life and teachings and the gift of peace for all.

    Also this Easter period reminds us that as followers of Jesus, the Church is called to reach out also; to show love, compassion and acceptance to all.  

    One of the saddening aspects of the current political climate in Australia is that there appears to be a lacking of this sense of human values, compassion or vision.

    The rhetoric out of Canberra highlights that political ends are more important than the lives of people.  The behaviour of recent governments in refusing to use names, or in anyway refer to those seeking asylum as people demonstrates a clear intent to dehumanise.  

    However, these are real people, just like us, people fleeing for their and their children’s lives, people living in desperate situations because of race, religious affiliation, political instability or gender, people not breaking any laws, people seeking security, comfort and a assured future.

    It’s incumbent upon us as all, to ask, what sort of society we contributing to or ascribing to? One that has, as its hallmark, short term political gains, or, and this is my hope and prayer, a society based on the values of compassion, welcome, inclusion, hope and a fair go. 

    Rev Ian Smith     

    Executive Officer

    Victorian Council of Churches

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Prayers

  • St Teresa of Avila

    Let nothing trouble you,
    let nothing frighten you.

    All things are passing;
    God never changes.
    Patience obtains all things.
    He who possesses God lacks nothing:
    God alone suffices.

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