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South Australian Council of Churches - nurturing and nourishing the understanding, spiritual growth and practice of ecumenism across the Churches of South Australia.


SA Council of Churches is wondering…

Whose is the voice that raises the ecumenical question on your committees, boards, councils etc regarding pastoral care & decision-making?

SA Council of Churches News

SACC Executive gathered on 30 January 2018 for an extended conversation in on SACC’s Core Purpose & Priorities, and the relationship of Member Churches towards one another through SACC. Some aspects that emerged for action during 2018 can be found here.

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

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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Religious Freedom Review: Resource

An independent panel has begun its review of religious freedoms in Australia, to examine whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to freedom of religion.  Submissions from the public are invited. For details, see here.
The deadline for submissions: Wednesday 14 February 2018.
Local Christian leaders recently gathered for a round table discussion about this topic and have prepared a resource to assist people preparing submissions.

Walking Together: Conversations of the Heart

The main conversation focus the SACC AGM 2017 was on Priority 5, Ecumenical Partnership in the Mission of Christ.  Appointees to SACC were invited to respond to the question:

In what ways does your church act with other Christians on education, advocacy and fundraising to help alleviate poverty, oppression and injustice in Australia and overseas?   

SACC additionally invites people in congregations, parishes, agencies, schools, inter church councils and ministers’ circles to respond also.  For background paper and the four questions see here.

SACC Annual General Meeting - Saturday 21 October 2017
On Saturday 21 October 2017, SA Council of Churches General Council and its various committees gathered for the AGM and for an exchange of hopes, insights and ways of assisting the member churches in making more visible their unity in Christ.
Minutes

Ecumenical Landscape of SA Council of Churches: May 2017

Ecumenical Landscape (printable version)
Ecumenical Landscape (online reading version)

Formation and Education for Leadership in Ecumenism in the Spirit of Christ

Insights and Learnings

Receptive Ecumenism: Fourth International Conference

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

SACC Reflections
Other Reflections
Conference Details

Graduation Address: University of Divinity

More information and a copy of the address, entitled Gifts of Ecumenism in, with and for our world, focussing on love and humility, can be found on Receptive Ecumenism page.

Receptive Ecumenism

Healing Gifts for Wounded Hands: The promise and potential of Receptive Ecumenism - a booklet to assist us all in the way of Receptive Ecumenism: updated
For other Receptive Ecumenism resources, see here.

Praying for Peace in the Holy Land

More information
Help grow the circle of peace                                

Domestic Violence

Handbook for Clergy and Pastoral Workers.    

Recognition, Reconciliation and Relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the churches in South Australia

More information

See Uluru Statement from the Heart


Prayer Service Aims to Keep Hills Safe

plus invitation from Mount Barker Minister’s Fellowship

More information

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

Details - Applications Closed 
Notice of Selected Projects

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

Insights & Reflections on the visit of Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary, World Council of Churches to South Australia on 14 October 2016.
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Greetings from the General Secretary
Letter

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

Reflections
Ecumenical Service Bridges of Peace
Homily - Ecumenical Celebration of the Word - 4.4.2017

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People: 29 November 2016

See Father Raed's message here.

SACC 70th Birthday Celebrations Saturday 29 April 2017

Minutes
A Vision - 70 years from now
Outline [Agenda] of the celebrations
Reflections - for sharing in your newsletters together with your own reflections and photos
Image and reflections by Heshmat Keroloss
Presentation on the day (available until 21 December 2017)
Photos of the day

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

Insights from the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute [GETI]

Information here

Magill Inter Church Council celebrates 70 years of ecumenism

To celebrate 70 years of ecumenism in South Australia, Magill Inter Church Council (MICC) sponsored an “ecumenical historical walk” on Sunday 15 October 2017. Photo and more