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Renewal and New Relationships

Receptive Ecumenism Mini-Conference, 28 July 2018, 9am-4pm

Saturday 28 July 2018, 9am-4pm at Catholic Education SA, 116 George Street, Thebarton.
Two keynote speakers from the Fourth International Receptive Ecumenism Conference held in Canberra in November 2017:
•   Dr Antonia Pizzey, Lecturer, School of Theology / Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, Australian Catholic University (Brisbane Campus)
•   Rev Dr Vicky Balabanski, Senior Lecturer in New Testament at Flinders University Department of Theology and Co-Director of Biblical Studies at the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology 
As churches continue to respond as communities of disciples to the place of church in the neighbourhood and in the world, what might we learn from our ecumenical other?
All welcome at this mini-conference which will offer pathways for renewal and new relationships.  Themes across the day, which will be interactive, include:
•    The Receptive Ecumenical Spirit: The Role of the Virtues in Guiding Receptive Ecumenical Discernment and Decision-Making
•    Bible study & discussion
•    Relationship of Receptive Ecumenism to ecclesial identity and church renewal, and to the world
Contribution of $ 10 - $ 20 invited towards costs of hosting this event (payable on the day).
BYO lunch or head round the corner to a café with Middle East food.
Registrations to SA Council of Churches: Geraldine Hawkes
An initiative of SACC Community for Ecumenical Learning - sharing insights and learnings from the Fourth International Receptive Ecumenism Conference

Peace Expo

Sharing stories to inspire us on paths to justice and peace, Sunday 5 August 2018, 2pm-4pm

Projects funded by a bequest given to SA Council of Churches to assist Refugees and Displaced Persons are now complete. You are invited to hear their stories, discover and share resources and inspire one another on paths towards justice and peace.

SA Parliamentary Christian Fellowship – Gift & Greetings from Church Leaders

Thursday 10 May 2018, at 8am, concluding 8.45am

Join with SA Parliamentary Christian Fellowship, Leaders of Christian Churches in SA and Members of the SA Parliament & other Community Leaders at St Peter’s Cathedral, 27 King William Road, North Adelaide.

Exchange of Gifts: Reimagining our Unity in Christ through Receptive Ecumenism

Twenty two people from seven different denominations gathered on Saturday 8 July 2017 at St John the Baptist Parish Centre, Plympton, for an Ecumenical Learning Event of SA Council of Churches.
Following prayer and hospitality, participants listened as four invited Responders, and then others, described the gift they received from asking an ecumenical other (or, as one person described them, an unknown relative): what might my Church have to learn from your Church about welcoming newcomers, nurturing hospitality, nourishing an active congregation? 
Each reflected that they had heard and been inspired by gestures ranging from how to assist people to ‘belong’ in a congregation (eg Lord’s prayer in 50+ languages, dessert night for conversations on faith), to ministry with people that others had ‘given up on’.  The gift resided in the recognition that such gestures were perhaps currently invisible or obscured within their own church community.  Some characteristics from the examples they heard included:
• Gritty tenacity
• Intentional
• Reading the local neighbourhood
• A welcoming demeanour
• Authentic hospitality
• Detachment/attachment to place/material items. Includes, for example, abstention from alcohol may inspire/encourage those for whom alcohol is a problem
• A tough love expressed as availability and presence, enduring and joyful commitment.
• Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2
Other reflections and insights from the day welcomed. Geraldine Hawkes, Ecumenical Facilitator, for SACC Community for Ecumenical Learning

June 1947: formation of ecumenical council in SA – local celebrations?

More information

WCC Visit: Healing our Broken Life: Living More Fully our Love and Unity in Christ - in, with, and for our world:

Brief News & Reflections

On Friday 14 October 2016, around 80 people gathered with the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary, World Council of Churches, local and national church/ecumenical leaders, at St Mary and Anba Bishoy Coptic Orthodox Church, 18 Goldfinch Ave, Cowandilla.

[Enlarge Picture] Aspects of our life together included presentations and conversations on The Truth We Owe Each Other: Mutual Accountability in the Ecumenical Movement [Olav Fykse Tveit]; Young people: gathering for shared ecumenical experience; Day of prayer and fasting; Women's role in the church; Role of scripture. 

More soon. Meantime, SACC invites you to send through your own reflections from the day to

Letter of thanks to St Mary and Anba Bishoy Coptic Orthodox Church, from Ms Jill Gallio, SACC President.

9th Forum of the National Council of Churches in Australia [NCCA] – a few snippets

The NCCA 9th Triennial Forum was held in Sydney from 24-27 June 2016. The NCCA is 19 Christian Churches, gathered from across Australia, who have embarked on a pilgrimage together. Each brings a widely varied history of place, experience, and theology, yet share a common faith and confession in the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour. They also share a common future, convinced that the future of Christians in Australia lies together, not in separation.

Other South Australians present at some or all of the Forum included Ms Jo Jordan Quakers], Bishop John Henderson and Pastor Neville Otto [Lutheran], Rev Dr Andrew Dutney [Uniting], and Ms Jill Gallio, President, and Ms Geraldine Hawkes, Ecumenical Facilitator, who represented SA Council of Churches.

Rev Dr Jane Lee-Barker reporting on NCCA Faith & Unity Commission, June 2016, Sydney
We will share more news from the Forum next week.Rev Dr Jane Lee-Barker, a member of SACC Community for Local Ecumenism, shared news from NCCA Faith and Unity Commission, of which she is also a member, appointed by the Anglican Church. The Member Churches installed and welcomed a new President, The Rt Revd Philip Huggins [Anglican].  Rev’d Dr Mike Semmler [Lutheran, from South Australia] stepped down, having served as President for the past three years.