E-News edition 13 February 2019 from South Australian Council of Churches
Photo Credit: `Wilpena Pound - Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park', Rev Mark Hewitt
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, and pay respects to Elders past and present.
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Relationships, Renewal and Reform
on the Ecumenical Journey

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20 Then Jesus looked up at his disciples and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
    for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now,
    for you will be filled.
“Blessed are you who weep now,
    for you will laugh.
22 “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. 23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.              Luke 6: 20-23 (NRSV)

Praying with Australia and the world…

National Apology Day is the anniversary of then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, delivering the National Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples, especially the Stolen Generations, on the 13th of February 2008. The Apology is now considered a defining moment in Australian history.

Our prayer comes from part of the 2019 Sunday before Aust Day Day of Mourning Worship Resource, from Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress and UCA Assembly:

Prayers of the People
Give us the courage to
accept the realities of our history
so that we may build a better future for our nation.

Teach us to respect all cultures.
Teach us to care for our land and waters.
Help us to share justly the resources of this land.
Help us to bring about spiritual and social change
to improve the quality of life for all peoples in our communities,
especially the disadvantaged.

Help all young people
to find true dignity and self-esteem by your Spirit.
May your power and love
be the foundations on which we:
walk together as First and Second Peoples;
and build our families, our communities and our nation.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prepared by the Wontulp Bi-Buya Indigenous Theology Working Group, Amended September 2018 UCA Assembly Resourcing Unit

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
Parliamentary Opening Service 2019
An ecumenical service at St Peter's Cathedral on Tuesday 12 February at 8am marked the opening of the South Australian Parliamentary Year. Sam Duluk MP, from the SA Parliamentary Christian Fellowship, hosted the event with the Leaders of Christian Churches (LoCCSA) and St Peter's Cathedral, enabling a sacred space to reflect on the year ahead. Rev'd Fr Peter Zwanns, preached on leading with justice and peace that is inclusive of all the people, especially the vulnerable and often forgotten.
Photo: Rev Sue Ellis and Bishop David Altus sending greetings and prayerful support as they offered the gift, a spiritual resource book, Deep Work - Spiritual Practice in our Workday World by Dr Jenny Tymms, from LoCCSA.
World Council of Churches Gender Advisory Working Group: Putting Gender on the Agenda
Australian representative Emily Evans is a member of the WCC Central Committee and Executive Committee and writes,
"Relationships between women and men permeate all levels of Church and society ..." See more here.
Annual Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving for Archivists
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 at 9.30am at Pilgrim Uniting Church, 12 Flinders St, Adelaide.
All interested in South Australian church history are invited. The service is supported by members of the State Branch of the Australian Society of Archivists ( https://www.archivists.org.au/) and an address on the theme, “Reading a Building” will follow. For further information contact Rev Dr Dean Eland djeland@bigpond.com
Making Church Decisions: Understanding & Responding to Conflict
Tuesday 26 February, 10am to 4pm at Adelaide West Uniting Church, 312 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park.
Terence Corkin and Julia Kuhn Wallace will facilitate aday long workshop taking participants through skills and resources for dealing with and understanding conflict. Light lunch and refreshments supplied. For more information E: pastoralrelations@sa.uca.org.au or register at https://portal.sa.uca.org.au/Payments/Sale/42ED084B-BBAB-40E9-A6D9-620EFADD2FDD
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
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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