E-News edition 6 February 2019 from South Australian Council of Churches
 
Photo Credit: `Wilpena Pound - Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park', Rev Mark Hewitt
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Relationships, Renewal and Reform
on the Ecumenical Journey

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Scripture...


From Psalm 138
(NRSV trans.)

I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart;
I give thanks to your name
for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;
On the day I called, you answered me,
You increased my strength of soul.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
You preserve me
You stretch out your hand,
And your right hand delivers me.
The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever.

The Icon of Friendship John 15:15
Praying with Australia and the world…


As creation groans, we remember all who suffer with her.
In the midst of…
Icey snow and raging fire,
Gentle rain and torrential flood,
Calming breeze and battering wind,
Sun gold warmth and scorching heat,
Refreshing pools and parching drought,
We reach out to you with our breaking hearts, Lord.
Walk alongside us and hear our cries.
Stretch out your hand, we pray.
Hold us in your palm
And cradle us…

Increase our strength of soul, O Lord,
So that, as we share your love and justice,
We reconcile and draw together,
Mending the broken and gathering the lost,
With wounded hands and healing hearts. Amen

Rev Anne Hewitt

NEWS
SA Council of Churches Diary Dates 2019
Meeting of General Council

Saturday, 4 May 2019, 8.45am-1pm
Dulwich Rose Park United Parish, Gartrell Church, corner Alexandra Avenue and Prescott Tce
More details to follow.

Annual General Meeting of Council            
Saturday, 12 October 2019, 8.45am-1pm
Venue TBC
World Day of Peace: Message on New Year's Day
‘Politics is an essential means of building human community and institutions, but when political life is not seen as a form of service to society as a whole, it can become a means of oppression, marginalisation and even destruction.’ (n.2)
This is a central point Pope Francis made in his Message for the World Day of Peace on New Year’s Day.
Extract from Australian Catholic Social Justice Council here.
 
World Council of Churches: Latest News
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Act for Peace News
Back to school is all the news in recent weeks. Act for Peace is also involved in helping children to be at school in 2019. The war in Syria has forced children and their families to flee their homes, leaving all they have behind. Arriving in a new country, many are in desperate need of all the basic essentials. The gift of a fully-equipped backpack and supplies means a refugee child can attend school while they are in Jordan so they don’t miss out on an education.  For as little as $25 you can provide a child in Jordan with a Back Pack full of school supplies including a ruler, pencils and exercise books?  Your simple gift of these  essential items will ensure they have the tools they need to continue their education. Donations can be made online at  www.actforpeace.org.au  or  by phone  1800 025 101
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!
Apology Breakfast - Reconciliation SA
Wednesday, 13 February, 7-9am, at Adelaide Convention Centre.
Presenting Jack Charles.  A member of the Stolen Generations, Uncle Jack Charles is an actor, musician, potter and gifted performer and is acknowledged as the grandfather of Aboriginal theatre in Australia. Tickets: www.trybooking.com/ZOWR
 
The World Day of Prayer City Service for 2019
Friday 1 March 2019,10-11am at St Peter’s Cathedral, 27 King William Rd, North Adelaide
The WDP South Australian Committee invites you or your Representative to attend the city service. Speaker, The Rev Canon Jenny Wilson, will address the theme ‘Come – Everything is Ready’. The country of focus is Slovenia.
Light refreshments will be served after the service. RSVP by Monday 25 February to Christine Pearce, E: christine@christinepearce.com or M: 0403 181 369
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 (former SACC Ecumenical Facilitator).    
More information and purchase details at https://atfpress.com/product/receptive-ecumenism/
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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