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Port Pirie Diocesan Assembly 2017 - Building Bridges of Peace (500 years since the Reformation)

More than two hundred and twenty people gathered in Port Pirie on 4-5 April 2017 for Port Pirie [Roman Catholic] 21stDiocesan Assembly. The focus was on Building Bridges of Peace (500 years since the Reformation), mindful of Strategic Direction No 7 of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan – Ecumenical and Inter-Faith Relationships. 
The Assembly included the presence and active participation of people from several other traditions, and a session was dedicated to a panel conversation when leaders from six different churches described the distinctive features of their Church, what it is that gives it its identity in relation to other Churches and how their Church expresses its mission in today’s world.
It is not often that an entire Assembly/Synod is given over to Christian unity, and I was delighted to be invited to be part of the gathering, as a speaker and as a facilitator.  There are many stories to be told from the Assembly, and I was reminded of the words of Bishop John Stead, from the neighbouring [Anglican] Diocese of Willochra, who said at SACC AGM November 2016, “Ecumenism happens naturally in rural areas due to dependence on others. Could this need for the other, this dependence, be learned by those in metro areas?”
I invite you to have a read of the Order of Service, which was held in the Cathedral at the end of the first day, together with the Homily by Bishop Greg O’Kelly at that Service.
I hope you will feel inspired and encouraged in relation to the many more bridges of peace that we can build together as we make our unity in Christ more visible.
Geraldine Hawkes, Ecumenical Facilitator, SA Council of Churches
Ecumenical Service Bridges of Peace
Homily - Ecumenical Celebration of the Word - 4.4.2017

SACC 70th Birthday

Saturday 29 April 2017, 10am-3.30pm

Theme: An Exchange of Gifts on the Journey Towards Unity
The celebration is open to all across the Member Churches. More
Also see Local Celebrations

Leaning into the Spirit: discernment, decision-making and reception

The 4th International Conference on Receptive Ecumenism, from Monday 6 to Thursday 9 November 2017, in Canberra.
Call for papers and more information

Lent-Easter-Pentecost 2017

This year, 2017, Christians from all traditions will celebrate Easter on the same day - 16 April.  The two dates coincide when the full moon following the equinox comes so late that it counts as the first full moon after 21 March in the Julian calendar as well as the Gregorian For more information please visit: World Council of Churches

Ecumenical Bequest to assist in the work of Refugees and Displaced Persons

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

Saturday 8 July, 9.30am-12 noon, St John the Baptist Parish Centre, 342 Anzac Hwy, Plympton.
More detail soon. Enquiries Geraldine Hawkes sacc1@picknowl.com.au
An Ecumenical Learning Event of SA Council of Churches

Peace Lamps and Olive Oil Soaps from The Holy Land: Praying for Peace

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Prospects and Challenges for the Ecumenical Movement in the 21st Century

Insights from the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute [GETI]

Information here

Greetings from the General Secretary, World Council of Churches to SA Council of Churches

Letter
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