E-News edition 12 December from South Australian Council of Churches
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Relationships, Renewal and Reform
on the Ecumenical Journey

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Gospel 

He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  Luke 3:16b

For Prayer, Reflection and Action...

The presence of Jesus brings joy and peace to those who experience it. But it never brings comfort without also bringing a gift that we cannot bear as it is so shattering to our pride, and without also bringing a costly demand upon our minds and actions. Jesus being with us where we are means our being with him where he is. If Jesus is with you, what is he demanding of you - urgently - in your actions about poverty, or peace, or race, or your neighbour? If Jesus is with you, he will not let you wear blinkers about your relations with your fellows. If Jesus is with you, your life may be turned inside out.  Through the Year with Michael Ramsay

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/
Lent to us is the Star on which we live –The Agenda 2030: A Challenge to the Churches
The Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD)  launches resource for churches to engage on sustainable development.
https://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/ekd-launches-resource-for-churches-to-engage-on-sustainable-development
NEWS
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
 
Give to the Christmas Bowl 2018
This Christmas, as we celebrate the joy of the season, All are invited to pause, to be grateful for all we have, remember those who have much less and desperate needs and to ‘share our good blessings’ with others in need around the world. Today there are more than 68 million refugees around the world – more than at any other time in history. Include others in your gift list. Gifts to the Christmas Bowl will help bring food, shelter and dignity to children and adults who have fled violence and disaster. It will also help them get an education and build a better future and be a practical expression of the Christmas message. 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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Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of Australia and New Zealand – SA Parish www.roeanz.com.au
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