E-News edition 24 October from South Australian Council of Churches
SA Council of Churches

Relationships, Renewal and Reform
on the Ecumenical Journey

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As Jesus and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" Jesus stood still and said, "Call him here." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart; get up, he is calling you." So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man said to him, "My teacher, let me see again." Jesus said to him, "Go; your faith has made you well." Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.  Mark 10:46-52

For Prayer and Action...

Our life is love and peace, and tenderness; and bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another; but praying for one another, and helping one another up with a tender hand.  Isaac Pennington, 1667: Quaker faith & practice 10.01

Prayer Circle: November 2018 - St Urael Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church in South Australia Inc
SA Council of Churches has a tradition of encouraging prayers for the Member Churches. We invite you and your Church communities, as a sign of our love for one another, to pray during the month of November especially for the St Urael Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church in South Australia Inc, for their growth and greater flourishing in the way of Christ. See www.sacc.asn.au
SA Council of Churches - Relationships, Renewal and Reform on the Ecumenical Journey
All welcome at the gathering of SACC General Council on Saturday 27 October 2018, 8.45am – 1pm at the Anglican Church of St Philip, 294 Brighton Road, North Brighton.  The theme is Relationships, Renewal and Reform on the Ecumenical Journey. There will be time for consultation on encounter, conversation, collaboration and learning in the way of Receptive Ecumenism, for sharing of stories – from the Anglican Church of St Philip and from Act for Peace – and for a brief AGM when we will hear also the stories of the various projects and activities of the past year.
More detail at www.sacc.asn.au
RSVP to Melanie sacc@picknowl.com.au
Freedom Bells - Church Bells for Refugees
Churches around Australia are being invited to ring 95 times on Fridays at midday until November 20 (International Children's Day) or until the children are brought off Nauru.  This activity is being organised by Rural Australian's for Refugees (RAR).  RAR members Marie Selstrom  and  Jamie Kronborg  can be contacted on Ph: 0417 398 528  and  Ph: 0409 912 967 or via rar.australia@gmail.com. And more information is available at www.freedombells.weebly.com
Book Launch - Receptive Ecumenism: Listening, Learning and Loving in the Way of Christ
Editors Vicky Balabanski and Geraldine Hawkes, with Foreword and Afterword by Paul D Murray (Durham University, UK). Published by ATF Press.
Friday 16 November 2018, 9.45am, at Uniting College, Brooklyn Park, followed by morning tea at Adelaide West Uniting Church, concluding by 10.45am.
This collection of essays is a response to the growing recognition of Receptive Ecumenism as a concept and process that has the potential to bring about the greater flourishing of the Church, both from within denominations as well as across the Church universal.
Contributors include Sara Gehlin (University of Helsinki, Finland), Denis Edwards (Australian Catholic University), Callan Slipper (Church of England's National Ecumenical Officer), Antonia Pizzey (Australian Catholic University), Doru Costache (St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College), John Littleton (Anglican Diocese of Adelaide), Vicky Balabanski (Flinders University of South Australia) and Geraldine Hawkes (SACC Ecumenical Facilitator).
Books will be available for purchase on the day: $30.
RSVPs essential to assist with catering to Geraldine Hawkes sacc1@picknowl.com.au
Nauru Prayer Vigil (#kidsoffNauru)
Friday, 2 Nov 2018 at 6.30pm for about an hour as part of the #kidsoffNauru campaign. It is organised by Love Makes a Way (LMAW) with support from local refugee advocates. The Adelaide venue will be Mary MacKillop Plaza next to St Francis Xavier Cathedral in Wakefield St and adjacent to Victoria Square. All welcome.  
For more information contact Rev Sandy Boyce, Ph: 0409 283 004
South Australian Council of Churches Inc
Applications are invited for the role of Ecumenical Facilitator / Executive Officer

The role, based in Adelaide, South Australia, is to provide a high level of executive leadership to the Appointees of SACC Member Churches and to assist, facilitate, develop and guide in the provision of processes, resources and opportunities for ecumenism in service of the Churches.  The role also has responsibility for the Operational Management of SA Council of Churches as an Incorporated Association.
The role is 30 hours a week, over 7 days, ongoing, with probationary period of six months.  Salary to be negotiated.  

For Position Description and more information, contact Melanie Rain sacc@picknowl.com.au  /  (08) 8215 0300.
Applications, addressing the main duties and responsibilities of the role, together with skills, knowledge and experience, plus resume and the names of two referees, to Peter Burke, Chair of SACC Executive sacc@picknowl.com.au or post to 65 Flinders St, Adelaide SA 5000, to be received by midday (SA time) Tuesday 30 October 2018.

Act for Peace – visiting SA
Helen Beeby is the new Relationships Fundraising Partner for Act for Peace and has responsibility for WA, SA, Victoria and Tasmania. She will be visiting SA from October 26-31 to meet with as many churches, ecumenical representatives and Act for Peace supporters as she can – and sharing more on this year’s Christmas Bowl. Contact Helen HBeeby@actforpeace.org.au
There will also be time to meet with Helen at SACC’s meeting of General Council, 8.45am-1pm on Saturday 27 October (see separate notice) in Events.
National Council of Churches in Australia: October Newsletter #2
Certificate of Baptism 

Mediacom has a Certificate of Baptism, which carries the words:   `… was baptised with water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit', plus `The following churches have agreed that a certificate used by them in this form is evidence of Christian Baptism:
  The Anglican Church of Australia
  The Catholic Church in Australia
  The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand
  The Armenian Apostolic Church
  The Congregational Federation of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand
  The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia
  The Lutheran Church of Australia
  The Presbyterian Church of Australia
  The Romanian Orthodox Church
  The Uniting Church in Australia'
https://www.mediacom.org.au and search "Baptism Certificate"
SACC  NEWSLETTER: Advance Notice
Dates for SACC E-News
Next edition: Wednesday 31 October 2018
E-News will then resume from Wednesday 5 December 2018
Please note: the above may include some items from organisations other than from the Member Churches of SA Council of Churches. We include them in good faith, trusting that they will be of interest to you and your networks as we journey towards greater recognition of our unity in Christ.

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Members of the South Australian Council of Churches

Anglican Church of Australia, Diocese of Adelaide www.adelaideanglicans.com
Anglican Church of Australia, Diocese of Willochra www.diowillochra.org.au
Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide www.adelaide.catholic.org.au
Catholic Diocese of Port Pirie www.pp.catholic.org.au
Churches of Christ in SA/NT www.churchesofchrist-sa.org.au
Coptic Orthodox Church-Diocese of Melbourne and Affiliated Regions www.melbcopts.org.au
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia – District of SA and NT www.greekorthodox.org.au
Lutheran Church of Australia - SA/NT District www.sa.lca.org.au
Religious Society of Friends SA/NT Regional Meeting www.quakers.org.au
Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of Australia and New Zealand – SA Parish www.roeanz.com.au
Salvation Army South Australia Division www.salvationarmy.org.au/sa
St Urael Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church in South Australia Inc.
Uniting Church SA www.sa.uca.org.au


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