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

  • 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

  • 26.03.15
    Prayers for peace in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and beyond

    The VCC draws readers' attention to the following communique from the World Council of Churches:

    Prayers for peace in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and beyond

    24 March 2015

    This Lenten season, the World Council of Churches (WCC) invites its member churches to pray on Sunday 29 March for those affected by wars in the Middle East, especially in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt. The season of prayer is meant to revive hope from hopelessness, taking into account the vulnerability of minority communities and the threat of losing the diversity of the social fabric in this region.

    “Many churches and Christians around the world have offered signs of solidarity and sympathy through prayer vigils, humanitarian assistance and advocacy for just peace. Despite these efforts, so many still feel powerless and incapable of making any impact and change,” said Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, in a letter of invitation to prayer addressed to the churches, issued on 24 March.

    For the full communique and for the liturgical resources common prayers for peace in Syria and beyond, please point your browsers here.

  • 20.03.15
    Solidarity Letter to Pakistan: Another attack on Christian communities

    The Christian Conference of Asia is shocked and dismayed to hear the sad news that two churches in Youhanabad, a predominantly Christian area of Lahore city in Pakistan, were attacked by suicide bombers simultaneously on Sunday, 15  March 2015, right after Sunday service. So far, we heard that 18 people have died and about 80 persons, including men, women and children are severely wounded.

    For the full letter please read on, here.

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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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