The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C) is an ecumenical foundation reflecting the faith background of over 14 million people or 70% of the Australian population. The priorities of the ACC&C are ecumenism, interfaith dialogue, reconciliation with indigenous people, youth concerns, academic research and the relationship of theology to social issues.
The ACC&C was established in 1993 under the auspices of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA). The ACC&C constituency comprises the majority of Christian churches in Australia, including all members of the National Council of Churches in Australia, and beyond. The ACC&C provides opportunity for ecumenism and interfaith dialogue and ongoing reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.
The ACC&C locates itself in both the ecumenical and academic communities. It has a formal partnership with Charles Sturt University (CSU) and has been a Division of the University since 1997. CSU provides its legal basis, infrastructure support and opportunities for international linkages through CSU's activities, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.
The ACC&C is located on a large corner block fronting Kings Avenue and Blackall Street, Barton, Canberra. It overlooks Lake Burley Griffin and is a short walk from Parliament House.
The building of Stage 1 of the ACC&C was completed in 2002. This comprises a multi-purpose Chapel built with the assistance of the Federal Government through the Federation Fund.
The Stage 2 development is being built. In order of planned construction, these buildings are: academic house, ecumenical house, interfaith house and interface house.
Academic House (called George Browning House) is the Headquarters of the intellectual life of the ACC&C. It houses the administration of the ACC&C, the CSU Public and Contextual Theology (PACT) Strategic Research Centre, a community of scholars, the Global Network for Public Theology (GNPT), part of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), the CSU part of the Governance Research Network (GovNet) and the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies (CAPS).