General Meetings

Annual General Meeting - Saturday 19 November 2016

The Reformation

We thank the Australian Lutheran College, including Pastor James Winderlich, Principal, and Lutheran appointees to SA Council of Churches - Bishop David Altus, Pastor Leon Rosenberg, and Mr Gilbert Materne - for their gracious and generous  hospitality in hosting the AGM of SA Council of Churches on 19 November 2016.

We are grateful to Dr Stephen Pietsch, Lecturer in Pastoral Theology at ALC, who described the Reformation, 500 years on, with a focus on Luther, Conflict and Communion. He traced some important aspects of Luther’s reformation theology for ecumenical dialogue today, drawing on the Document ‘From Conflict to Communion’:

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Formation and Education for Leadership in Ecumenism in the Spirit of Christ

SA Council of Churches recently wrote to Members of General Council and Committees, including Member Church Leaders, describing strengths and areas for growth regarding Formation and Education for Leadership in Ecumenism in the Spirit of Christ, following a process that SACC facilitated with them in the latter part of 2015.

We are pleased to share these insights and learnings across the church network. See Letter April 2016 

Especially, we encourage agencies, parishes, congregations and church councils, including Inter Church Councils, to consider and explore what more they can do to shape and develop ecumenical consciousness and leadership across their sphere of influence.
Further conversations will take place at SACC General Meeting on 14 May.  All welcome.
For more information or comment, feel free to contact me and we can explore, including how to be in touch with your church’s appointees to SACC.
Geraldine Hawkes, Ecumenical Facilitator, South Australian Council of Churches sacc1@picknowl.com.au
April 2016

General Meeting - Saturday 14 May 2016

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Annual General Meeting - Saturday 14 November 2015

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SA Council of Churches thanks St Spyridon's Greek Orthodox Church for their gracious and generous hospitality in so many ways on 14 November.  We are deeply appreciative of the time we had to pray, to hear the story of the Greek Orthodox Church and how faith is expressed, to receive beautifully prepared food and drinks, as well as to share stories, hopes and signs of our unity in Christ.
We prayed, in silence, for people in Palestine/Israel, in Paris and for all who are caught in the cycle of conflict, that peace may permeate the hearts and actions of all.
Some Member Churches shared how they are shaping and developing ecumenical consciousness and leadership.  More soon.
And we thank the following people, for their willingness to continue to serve Christian unity together as Officers of SACC: President - Ms Jill Gallio, Roman Catholic Church; Vice President - Ms Ngaire Llewellyn, Churches of Christ; Vice President - Mr Peter Burke, Anglican Church; Treasurer - Mr Neil Traeger.
Geraldine Hawkes, Ecumenical Facilitator

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General Meeting - Saturday 9 May 2015

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Annual General Meeting - Saturday 15 November 2014

Summary
We thank the Coptic Orthodox Church community of St Mary and Anba Bishoy for the gracious and generous sharing of prayer, hospitality and story. We thank Beth and Tessa Hewitt who shared their experience of Taizé and the impact on their faith. We thank Pamela Jones for the powerpoint presentation on the Peace Lamps from Palestine. 
We thank all who shared their stories and their hopes, and all who are taking on, or now letting go of, an appointment to the work of Christian Unity through SA Council of Churches.  

Officers of SACC
We welcome also the following people, for their willingness to serve ecumenism together as Officers of SACC: President - Ms Jill Gallio, Roman Catholic Church; Vice President - Ms Ngaire Llewellyn, Churches of Christ; Vice President - Mr Peter Burke, Anglican Church; Treasurer - Mr Neil Traeger.

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General Meeting - Saturday 5 April 2014

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Annual General Meeting - Saturday 16 November 2013

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General Meeting - Saturday 20 April 2013

Brief Report - for Church Newsletters
General Council, Standing Committees and people from across the Churches gathered on Saturday 20 April 2013 at St Aloysius Catholic Church Hall, 68 Brooker Terrace, Richmond.  Members of the Roman Catholic tradition shared their story with us and led us in prayer. In addition they asked “What would you pray for the Roman Catholic Church today?”  
General Council has made a statement of commitment on Recognition, Reconciliation and Relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Rev Rob Williams, currently Moderator of the Uniting Church, was elected to Executive Committee by General Council and we look forward to his contribution there.  And Rev Lindsay Faulkner was farewelled after many years on General Council.
Feedback on the gathering included comments such as ‘Engaging fellowship’, ‘A time of learning and inspiration’, ‘Breaking down the defensiveness between the denominations’, ‘Building on how others see us (refer General Council March 2010)’, ‘How are we the Church that Christ wants us to be?’
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