E-News edition 5 December from South Australian Council of Churches
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Relationships, Renewal and Reform
on the Ecumenical Journey

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Gospel 

Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.  Luke 3:4b-6

For Prayer, Reflection and Action...

Do you try to set aside times of quiet for openness to the Holy Spirit? All of us need to find a way into silence which allows us to deepen our awareness of the divine and to find the inward source of our strength. Seek to know an inward stillness, even amid the activities of daily life. Do you encourage in yourself and in others a habit of dependence on God's guidance for each day? Hold yourself and others in the Light, knowing that all are cherished by God.    
Quaker faith & practice: Advices and Queries http://qfp.quakerweb.org.uk/qfp1-02.html

RESOURCES
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.
This book is a response to the growing recognition of Receptive Ecumenism as a concept and process that has the potential to bring about renewal, reform and greater flourishing, 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).   
More information and purchase details at https://atfpress.com/product/receptive-ecumenism/
Advent Study

Nell Potter (@PIEN - Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network) and Rev Sandy Boyce (Pilgrim Uniting Church) have collaborated with returned EAs (volunteers in the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program for Palestine and Israel) and Act for Peace to produce an Advent study using stories and experiences from EAs, and the Advent gospel and Christmas readings. Free downloadable resource for anyone interested for individual or group study. Available on the Pilgrim Uniting Church website www.pilgrim.org.au
NEWS
Historic Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Agreed Statement on the Holy Spirit published

The historic Agreed Statement between Anglican and Oriental Orthodox theologians on the Procession and Work of the Holy Spirit has been published. The statement was signed last October after lengthy discussions by members of the Anglican Oriental-Orthodox International Commission (AOOIC). It was published at this year’s meeting of AOOIC, which took place recently in Lebanon. The agreed statement is part of a series of work which has helped to heal the oldest continuing division within Christianity, a schism that goes back centuries. At the core of Agreed Statement is the controversial Filioque clause – appended to the Nicene Creed by the Latin Western tradition causing a schism between the Oriental Orthodox Churches and the western Churches that was inherited by the Anglican tradition. The clause says that the Holy Spirit proceeded “from the Son” (Jesus) as well as the Father. The Agreed Statement says that Anglicans should omit the clause. More at https://www.anglicannews.org/news/2018/11/historic-anglican-oriental-orthodox-agreed-statement-on-the-holy-spirit-published.aspx
Promotion & Fundraising Officer: L'Arche Adelaide

L'Arche Adelaide seeks  part-time, volunteer Promotion & Fundraising Officer to bolster  funding base. Position includes promotion & networking across  disability and church sectors, organising  fundraising events, regular contact with Board, and liaison  with recently appointed Community Life Coordinator.  Position initially for 12 month period commencing January 2019. Honorarium  offered to cover expenses.
L'Arche Adelaide is part of an international federation of faith communities where people with & without intellectual disability share life together.
Do you know someone who might be willing, able and suitable?  Contact Rev Dr Trevor Whitney asap, L'Arche Adelaide chair. M: 0403 711 653 e: ltwhitney@adam.com.au
EVENTS
Safe Harbour Aus - under the auspices of Circle of Friends Australia Inc
Monday, 10 December 12.30pm at Mary McKillop Plaza, adjacent St Francis Xavier Cathedral. You are invited to the launch of a unique project designed to focus the public’s attention on the plight of refugees and asylum seekers. The project will take the form of a series of interactive installations in public places around the city and beyond.  The motif is a boat – the symbol of  despair, hope and optimism. It will run  from 10 December till the Federal election. It will be bold, beautiful and highly visible. It will engage you, it will delight you; It will challenge you creatively and emotionally. Launched by: Senator Hanson-Young.  Contact:   mijtanith@adam.com.au    Ph: 0405 086 533
 
Christmas Bowl 2018
As you celebrate Advent all churches are invited to take part in this year’s Christmas Bowl appeal, alongside caring people from all across the country. The Christmas Bowl began as a simple act to support refugees in 1949 when millions of refugees were suffering in war-ravaged Europe. Today, almost 70 years later, refugees and people in need continue to surround us. The Christmas Bowl brings thousands of Australians together to make a difference for people in need who are also our neighbors. Please include them in your gift list. See  https://actforpeace.org.au/Christmas-Bowl/Resources

PRAYERS
Prayer Circle: December 2018 - Uniting Church in Australia – Synod/Presbytery of South Australia
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 December especially for the Uniting Church in Australia – Synod/Presbytery of South Australia, for their growth and greater flourishing in the way of Christ. See www.sacc.asn.au
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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