The Reverend Dr Mike Semmler from the LutheranChurch in Australia was commissioned as the President of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) last week. The service took place on Sunday 7th July, in St Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, East Melbourne. Dr Semmler is the 8th President of the NCCA, following Bishop Michael Putney of Townsville. Dr Semmler has been the National President of the LutheranChurch for the past 13 years as he enters retirement in his own church he embraces the leadership of the NCCA with great enthusiasm.
The purpose of the Council is to promote Christian unity and help the Churches work together on key issues of theology, peace, and justice. The 8th Forum unanimously elected Dr Semmler in Melbourne last week. Dr Semmler is a long time supporter of the ecumenical movement having been a member of the NCCA Executive for 13 years.
Elected as the President for a three year term, Dr Semmler will work with member and observer Churches, chair the meetings of the Council, and represent it in a number of public settings.
The Rev’d Tara Curlewis, NCCA General Secretary, said “The churches have warmly welcomed Mike and we look forward to his leadership. I look forward to working alongside Mike as we embrace the directions identified at the 8th Forum.
Currently the Council has a total membership of 19 national Churches, including the Anglican, Catholic and UnitingChurches, 9 Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches, a range of ProtestantChurches, the Salvation Army, and the Quakers.