E-News edition 19 December from South Australian Council of Churches
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Relationships, Renewal and Reform
on the Ecumenical Journey

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Gospel 

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. Luke 1:39-44

For Prayer, Reflection and Action...

There is in all visible things an invisible fecundity, a dimmed light, a hidden wholeness. … There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fountain of action and joy.  It rises up in wordless gentleness, and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all created being.  John Howard Griffin ‘A Hidden Wholeness. The Visual World of Thomas Merton’

NEWS
Fifth International Receptive Ecumenism Conference: 2020
Save-the-date 22–25 June 2020, Sigtuna, Sweden.
Call for papers will be sent out during the first quarter of 2019. For flyer – www.sacc.asn.au
More information will be distributed later. In the meantime, please contact Olle Kristenson, Director for Ecumenical Theology at the Christian Council of Sweden: olle.kristenson@skr.org

Christmas Bowl 2018
The gift card shopping has now closed but it’s not too late to send a donation as a Christmas gift to our partners and  neighbors around the world. Your thoughtful gift will share peace with families around the world who have been affected by conflict and disaster.  THANKYOU to those individuals and congregations who have already added their gifts to the Christmas Bowl. Treasurers,  please forward donations ASAP as assistance is urgently needed.  See  https://actforpeace.org.au/ or free call 1800 025 101

National Council of Churches in Australia: December Newsletter 2018#1 & 2
https://www.ncca.org.au/ncca-newsletter/december-2018-1/
https://www.ncca.org.au/ncca-newsletter/december-2018-2/
EVENTS
L'Arche Adelaide: Community Weekend
19-20 January 2019. Saturday programme, 9am-9pm at Rosefield Uniting Church, Carlton St, Highgate.  Sunday programme, 9.30am-2pm at Highgate Park chapel, Fisher St, Fullarton, car park 2.
Programme includes art, craft, worship, concert, meals, future planning. Theme: “Watering our Seeds.” Annual membership available, $10. All welcome.
More information: Rev Dr Trevor Whitney asap, M: 0403 711 653 or E: ltwhitney@adam.com.au
L’Arche Adelaide is part of an international federation of faith communities where people with and without intellectual disability share life together.

RESOURCES
Healing Gifts for Wounded Hands – The promise and potential of Receptive Ecumenism
A booklet developed by SA Council of Churches to assist us in the way of Receptive Ecumenism. Available from SA Council of Churches website www.sacc.asn.au, or from our office for $5 + p&p. E: sacc@picknowl.com.au or Ph 08 8215 0300
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS AND OFFICE HOURS
Christmas Greetings and Office Closure
This is the last Relationships, Renewal and Reform on the Journey Together for 2018. We will resume late-January 2019.
The office of SA Council of Churches will be closed Friday 21 December 2018 to Friday 11 January 2019 inclusive.
We wish everyone a blessed and joyful Christmas and New Year. May peace be with you and with all those whose lives you touch!
Geraldine Hawkes & Melanie Rain

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

Websites

South Australian Council of Churches www.sacc.asn.au
National Council of Churches in Australia www.ncca.org.au
World Council of Churches www.oikoumene.org

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