ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0139 Canberra Interchurch Council Papers

Scope and Content Notes 

Call Number

HMSS 0139

Collection

Canberra Interchurch Council Papers

Date Range

1959 – 1978

Quantity

0.18 m (1 manuscript box)

Access Conditions open
Copying Conditions unstated
Related Collections HMSS 0285 ACT Churches Council

The Australian Committee for the World Council of Churches was founded in 1946 as an expression of the ecumenical movement in Australia. Its aims and activities include promotion of Christian unity, evangelism and service to the community, education, missions and overseas aid, race relations, Aboriginal welfare and youth affairs. In 1960 its name was changed to Australian Council of Churches (ACC). In 1994 the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) succeeded the ACC. Records of the Acustralian Council of Chruches are held at the National Library of Australia.

The Canberra Interchurch Council was one of several autonomous state/territory based branches of the Australian Council of Churches. The state branches served their individual and congregational members in matters of State concern and action and especially to assist local inter-church co-operation.

The Canberra Interchurch Council attended some meetings of the Joint Commission on Church Development in the ACT (later the ACT Churches Council) but were not formally affiliated. 

Box List

Box No. Description Qty Date Range

1

Correspondence

General correspondence, June 1971 – November 1973

1 file

1971-1973

1

Correspondence

General correspondence, August 1975 – October 1978

1 file

1975-1978

1

Membership

Institutional membership lists

1 folder

1969

1

Membership

Individual membership correspondence

1 folder

1975

1

Membership

Membership cards – current members filed alphabetically, changed or ceased memberships separate, undated

2 bundles cards

1969-1978

1

Project Files

Racism, land rights, aborigines – includes articles and brochures on the establishment of NADOC (now NAIDOC), National Missionary Council of Australia policy on aborigines, assimilation of aborigines, aboriginal land rights in the ACT, United Nations International Year Against Racial Discrimination

1 file

1959 – 1971

1

Project Files

Action for World Development; documents relating to World Council of Churches campaigns in support of countries and groups disadvantaged by natural disasters and oppression

  • Campaign Leaders’ Circular numbers 1-11, 27 August 1971-7 July 1972
  • Brochures, articles and papers

1 file

1971 – 1976

1

Meeting Papers

  • Canberra Interchurch Council and Inter-Church Fellowship, meeting papers and minutes, 1971-1974
  • Joint Commission for Church Development in the ACT (JCCD), minutes of meetings attended by representatives of the Interchurch Council, August 1975-September 1978

2 folders

1971-1978

1

Publications

All in the Same Boat. A Study Guide to the First Letter of Peter. Canberra Inter-Church Council, 1970.

Keith Rayner. An Anglican Response to the Proposed Basis of Union [of the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches in Australia].  1972

J. J. Mol. Pride and Prejudice in Denominational Divisions. Lecture given to the Cooma Council of Churches, 24 September 1964

1 folder

1

World, Australian and State Councils of Churches

World Council of Churches

These are background papers and articles, meeting papers and minutes received from parent and sister Councils by the Canberra Interchurch Council

1 folder

1968-1978

1

World, Australian and State Councils of Churches

Australian Council of Churches

  • Executive Committee meeting papers and minutes, 18 July 1973 - 13 December 1978
  • Divisions and Commissions – background papers,sermons, constitutions and minutes; Divisions of Mission (later Faith and Witness), and of World Christian Action; Commissions on Overseas Mission, and of Christian Education, 1968-1977

These are background papers and articles, meeting papers and minutes received from parent and sister Councils by the Canberra Interchurch Council

2 folders

1968-1978

1

World, Australian and State Councils of Churches

State Councils

  • Queensland State Committee (later Queensland Ecumenical Council), November 1977 – August 1978
  • Victorian Council of Churches, May 1976 – November 1978

These are background papers and articles, meeting papers and minutes received from parent and sister Councils by the Canberra Interchurch Council

2 folders

1968-1978

Badges

Two variants of the World Council of Churches oikumene badge; one is brooch style, the other designed to fit round a button.

1 envelope