E-News edition 30 January 2019 from South Australian Council of Churches
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Relationships, Renewal and Reform
on the Ecumenical Journey

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Our Scriptures

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.   1 Corinthians 13:1-13

The Icon of Friendship John 15:15
For Prayer, Reflection and Action...

Ancient philosophers and mystics used to say that, before being born, each soul is kissed by God and then goes through life always, in some dark way, remembering that kiss and measuring everything in relation to its original sweetness.
Inside each of us, there is a dark memory of having once been touched and caressed by hands far gentler than our own.  That caress has left a permanent imprint inside us, one so tender and good that its memory becomes a prism through which we see everything else.
Thus we recognize love and truth outside of us precisely because they resonate with something that is already inside us.  Things ‘touch our hearts’ because they awaken a memory of that original kiss.  Moreover, because we have a memory of once having been perfectly touched, caressed, and loved, every experience we meet in life falls a little short.  We have already had something deeper.  When we feel frustrated, angry, betrayed, violated, or enraged it is because our outside experience does not honour what we already know and cling to inside.
Our deepest pain is that of moral loneliness - Living In Exile Ron Rolheiser, OMI http://ronrolheiser.com/gethsemane-the-place-of-moral-loneliness/#.XEpAvVwzbIU

NEWS
Farewell
Dear Friends, after nearly 13 years travelling with you, I am leaving SA Council of Churches.  Each of us will have our own story about encounters or conversations through SACC during these years. For myself, I am grateful to and for all.  I have been inspired by a thousand examples of faithful, spirit-filled service and discipleship. Thank you, thanks be to God!
I offer my very best thoughts to Anne Hewitt as she takes on this role and I pray that it will be life giving for Anne and for all whose lives she will touch through it.
May peace be with and among us as I say good-bye.
Your sister in Christ,
Geraldine
Geraldine Hawkes, Ecumenical Facilitator, South Australian Council of Churches

Prayers of Blessing and Peace go with you
SACC formerly farewells Geraldine on Thursday evening 4.30-6pm at St Francis Xavier Cathedral Hall. She has had a lasting impact on the face of ecumenism in our State and beyond. We thank God for all the gifts, love and care she has offered over many years. We wish her every blessing as she journeys with her family and friends.
EVENTS
Parliamentary Opening Service 2019
Opening Service to mark the beginning of the 2019 State Parliamentary Year
Tuesday 12 February 2019, at 8am - 8.45am at St Peter’s Cathedral, 27 King William Road, North Adelaide
Arranged through the South Australian Parliamentary Christian Fellowship in conversation with Leaders of Christian Churches SA.  All welcome!
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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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

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National Council of Churches in Australia www.ncca.org.au
World Council of Churches www.oikoumene.org

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