ECUMENICAL RESOURCES

SA Council of Churches promotes conversation, study and reflection on Ecumenism and the following resources may be of interest. 


Ecumenical Lenten Resources

Ecumenical Lenten Resource 2018: A Lenten Pilgrimage to the Heart: may we be always ready to give up what we cannot keep in order to gain what we cannot lose
The Ecumenical Lenten Resource for 2018, including Guidelines for Leaders and Participants, is now available for download. It has been prepared again by a team from the South Australian Council of Churches Community for Ecumenical Learning. We encourage people to take the initiative in gathering groups in preparation for Lent/the Great Lent - 14 February 2018 (Western) / 19 February 2018 (Orthodox). Our hope is that many people from across the churches will gather to listen together to the Word of God, recognising that our diversity will add to the conversations on faith and life as groups gather during Lent.
SA Council of Churches also asks all who download the Resource to send their name and church to sacc@picknowl.com.au. In this way we can have a sense of its reach, and so shape future resources.
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Ecumenical Lenten Resource 2016: Return to God: divine grace and human struggle
Return to God: Divine Grace and Human Struggle offered 6 sessions, focusing on a range of Gospels during the Lenten season, and includes prayer, icons, art, and time for sharing, with reflections from the lived experience of being Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant.
In 2016, the Western Church celebrated Easter on 27 March 2016 and the Orthodox Church celebrated Easter on 1 May 2016.
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Guidelines for Leaders and Participants

Ecumenical Lenten Resource 2014: Living the Easter Mystery
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Guidelines for Leaders and Participants

Ecumenical Lenten Resource 2012
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Guidelines for Leaders and Participants

Refugee and Migrant Sunday 2017

Refugee and Migrant Sunday is a celebration of the dignity of people who are refugees and migrants and the contribution they have made to life in Australia. It is celebrated by the Churches together on or around the last Sunday of August each year.

Resources to mark Refugee and Migrant Sunday are available thanks to Queensland Churches Together: 27 August 2017 or from 2016.

Resources to support refugees and asylum seekers are also available from Effective Living Centre here.

Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.     Romans 12:13-15

Additional to this are resources that were prepared by the SACC Working Party to assist marking Refugee and Migrant Sunday 28 August 2011.

Liturgy Notes
Fact Sheets
Activities
Websites and Contacts

Healing Gifts for Wounded Hands: The promise and potential of Receptive Ecumenism

Resource (updated May 2014)

Domestic Violence

Handbook - For clergy and pastoral workers   

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 28 May - 4 June 2017

Reconciliation - The Love of Christ Compels Us (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:14-20)

Resources are available through the National Council of Churches.

Prayer cards are available through Queensland Churches Together. Orders can be sent to the QCT office email: admin@qct.org.au. QCT will advise you of the cost per card and postage.          

SA Refugee Week

Sunday 18 - Saturday 24 June 2017

The Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC)
https://amrc.org.au/events/sa-refugee-week-2017

Act for Peace: Learn, Pray & Act
Church registration, Refugee Week Took Kit and Refugee Meal Event Kit available at http://www.actforpeace.org.au/churches

Befriending Asylum Seekers

Resources to support refugees and asylum seekers can be downloaded at Effective Living Centre

Prisoners, Prisons and Respectful Relationships

An ecumenical resource, developed by SA Council of Churches Working Party, to assist us all to:

SECTION A Introduction and Two Social Justice Statements 
SECTION B Prisons and Prisoners
i. Personal Stories
ii. Bible Stories

SECTION C Statistics and 'Maps' of Disadvantage
SECTION D Process for Group Discussion and Theological Reflection on Social Justice Statements
SECTION E Resources, Prayers and Poems for Justice
SECTION F Volunteering & Caring for Prisoners
SECTION G Preparing for Release
SECTION H People, Organisations & Resources
SECTION I Advocacy: Contacts for Members of Parliament, Media etc
Flyer
Letter Writing Guidelines from Prison Fellowship Australia


A Day of Listening 24 June 2014

‘A Day of Listening’ - To Listen.....
To the sounds and noises of our environment
To the cries of pain from our planet home
To the voices of hope stirring in the Earth
on The Feast of John the Baptist

Resource developed by the Eco-Mission Team of South Australia


International Day of Peace - 21 September 2016

A global 24-hour spiritual and practical observation for peace

The United Nations' International Day of Peace - marked every year on 21 September - is a time when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace.  Established by U.N. resolution in 1982, "Peace Day" has grown to include millions of people around the world who participate in all kinds of events, large and small.

The initiative was further developed by the World Council of Churches, inviting us all to pray for peace on 21 September, or the Sunday preceding it, as a response to the United Nations' encouragement for a "global 24-hour spiritual observation for peace", which "is meant to demonstrate the power of prayer and other spiritual practices in promoting peace and preventing violent conflict".

For 2015 the theme was "Partnerships for Peace - Dignity for All".

SA Council of Churches 2015 compilation of resources can be accessed here

See World Council of Churches International Ecumenical Peace Convocation website  which also has While adults talk peace, kids try walking in another’s shoes 

Prayer Service: May Peace Prevail Upon the Earth click here
For resources developed over past years by Working Parties of SA Council of Churches, please click here


South Australian Council of Churches

Discussion Guides

-- An Ecumenical Resource for use between Easter - Pentecost

Authors - Dr Stephen Downs and The Rev'd John Littleton

Introduction

In late 2006 the SA Council of Churches planned a period of discernment, to look anew at its core business and to further the Council's aims in a new and different context. One of the tasks it has set for this period is discussion based on the documents "Called to be the One Church" and "Australian Churches Covenanting Together". Two discussion guides have been prepared to assist with this: "Christian Fellowship: What does in mean to me?" and "Common Action: What am I doing about it?"


The Earth Charter

Earth Charter Website

THE EARTH CHARTER

(abbreviated version)


Guidelines For Archiving Of Records By Religious Bodies & Organisations

Religious Records Guidelines