Ecumenism relates to the cooperation between different denominations of Christianity to create unity. There are many benefits of ecumenism such as building trust, encourages unity and so much more. Two Councils which preserve and promote these values are The National Council of Churches and the NSW Ecumenical Council. Through the projects and events these two councils undertake, they influence towards the society around them by providing aid to the many communities that receive their service.
The National Council of Churches is a national organisation established in 1946, after the devastation of World War II. It has nineteen member churches, including Anglicans, Greek Orthodox, Salvation Army and the Uniting Church and more. Through the unity of so various churches and state ecumenical councils, the NCCA works collaboratively for causes such as Indigenous rights, overseas aid, refugees, environmental issues, social justice and more.
The impact of the NCCA is powerful and tremendous, for example, it helped to resettle hundreds of refugee families and also helped protect thousands of refugees from Kosovo and East Timor, through their National Program on Refugees and Displaced People (NPRDP). Not only this but also indigenous issues such as, Reconciliation, education and facilitating the development of Indigenous spirituality.