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

  • 11.09.14
    NCCA Recruitment - General Secretary

     

     

    NCCA Recruitment - General Secretary

    Below are two links advertising the recruitment for the recently vacated role of General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Australia. The details of this position are provided below:

     

     

     

     

    Position: General Secretary – CEO, National Council of Churches Australia
    The National Council of Churches in Australia was established in its current form in 1994 to promote and practice unity amongst churches. It currently works with 19 member churches. As our new General Secretary you will already be serving at a senior clergy level in your church or in a very senior lay person role and will already have established a reputation for: strong networking within your church as well as the more broadly ecumenically. You will have: a clear understanding of the ecumenical movement and the theological perspectives that inform it; strong relationship management skills; consultative leader and healer; experience managing a small and hands on operation; success in implementing strategic change management; energy, enthusiasm and innovation; and achieved at very high levels of business operations efficiency and financial outcomes to ensure you contribute to the strengthening and sustainability of NCCA.

      

    “Job Description:

    An outstanding opportunity to make a substantial contribution to proactively implementing the NCCA’s vision through dialogue and communication being used to strengthen relationships and ensuring NCCA conversations are on subjects and at a level that matters and makes a difference. The National Council of Churches in Australia was established in its current form in 1994 to promote and practice unity amongst churches. It currently works with 19 member churches.”

     

    For further information:

     

    http://christianjobs.com.au/display-job/10855/General-Secretary---CEO.html?searchId=1410158115.46&page=1

     

    https://www.csappointments.com.au/job/4368


  • 01.09.14
    A Christian Approach to Criminal Justice: Material for 2014 Victorian Election

    ‘I was in prison and you visited Me’ - A Christian approach to criminal justice

     

    i was in prisonThe Inter Church Criminal Justice Taskforce, comprising senior Victorian Anglican, Catholic, Salvation Army and Uniting Church leaders, has released this brochure to give a Christian perspective on current issues of punishment, imprisonment and rehabilitation, and to offer effective and just ways to reduce crime and increase community safety.

     

    In a related development, Victorian Church leaders have written to all Members of Parliament, calling for a 'restorative justice' approach to crime and offending, with a focus on prevention of crime, support for victims of crime, diversion from prison, and rehabilitation of offenders.  Click here for a copy of the letter.

     


    Actions you can take to support a fairer approach to victims of crime and those who break the law

    1.    If your church congregation has a social justice group, attend meetings and discuss criminal justice issues. See if there are initiatives the group can undertake to support prisoners and their families in your community. Invite speakers to address the group.

    2.    Talk to your family and friends about how to build safer and more just communities. Find out more about the needs of vulnerable people in your local community, see if there are ways you can help.

    3.    Write to politicians including your local Members of Parliament, ask them for their views about criminal justice, tell them you do not support the ‘tough on crime’ approach.

    4.    Give your support to faith-based and other community organisations which help vulnerable groups, prisoners and those recently released from prison.

    5.    Contact prison chaplains for your faith community, ask them what you can do to help.

    6.    Further Reading and Links

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    The attached more detailed paper was written to inform the development of materials prior to the November 2014 Victorian State Election. It is provided as background information for other advocacy purposes.  Drawing on discussions of the Inter-church Criminal Justice Taskforce, the paper seeks to

    •     Reflect best practice policies in each area of concern (refer to the Table of Contents for the policy areas)
    •     Show how government can migrate from current practice to where we would like criminal justice policy to go
    •     Provide cogent argument for policy change – the government is seeking better, more cost-effective ways than the present way. The paper outlines alternative approaches to current problems.
  • 13.08.14
    The Salvation Army: Election Platform Victoria 2014

    The Salvation Army releases material ahead of this year's elections.

    Read on for more details by clicking here.

  • 07.06.14
    VCC Mourns Bishop John McIntyre's Passing

    Special Bulletin 

    We stand with our Anglican Community today as we mourn the passing of a beloved, Bishop, Ecumenical companion, family man and friend.

    It is with sadness that I inform you that the Bishop of East Gippsland John McIntyre, passed away yesterday after a short illness.

    Since returning to Victoria in 2006, John has endeared himself to many for his down to earth approach, whilst  maintaining a strong Spiritual life. His work as both an Anglican minister and since 2006 as a Bishop has seen him build strong relationships with many sectors of the community especially our indigenous brothers and sisters.

    He has been a strong presence in the ecumenical world working closely with Victorian Council of Christian Education (serving as immediate past Chair), Victorian Church Leaders Meetings (serving as immediate past chair) and the Victorian Council of Churches where he has contributed in many ways.

    John will be missed by all who have come to know and appreciate his wisdom, Spiritual insights and pastoral care.

    At this time we hold his immediate family in our prayers as they mourn the loss of their husband and dad.

    Rev. Ian Smith

    Executive Officer

    Victorian Council of Churches.

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Prayers

  • Thomas Merton

    MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

     From "Through the Year with Thomas Merton"

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