Fourth International Conference on Receptive Ecumenism - Call for Papers
Leaning into the Spirit: discernment, decision-making and reception
University House, Australian National University, Canberra, from
Speakers include Professor Paul Murray (Durham, UK) and Professor Michael Welker (Heidelberg, Germany) together with others from various churches, locally and from overseas.
Conference organisers are seeking expressions of interest in the presentation of Papers at the conference. It is envisaged that these papers will be of 20 minutes duration, allowing 10 minutes for discussion. If you wish to present a paper, you are invited to send an abstract of 200 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. Priority will be given to those papers that are mindful of the conference theme.
Receptive Ecumenism Workshops for Inter Church Councils and for Congregations/ParishesIf your Inter Church Council, Parish or Congregation would like to explore the practical application of Receptive Ecumenism, contact Geraldine Hawkes, SA Council of Churches, email@example.com or phone 8215 0300 to discuss how our team can work with you.
Prospects and Challenges for the Ecumenical Movement in the 21st Century
Insights from the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute
Prospects and Challenges for the Ecumenical Movement in the 21st Century Insights from the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute [GETI].
GETI provided a unique opportunity for a new generation of ecumenical leaders from across the globe to engage with each other and with the themes presented at the World Council of Churches (WCC) Assembly in Busan (South Korea - 2013). These papers in which the participants reflect their experience show both this engagement and the diversity of their contexts. The papers deal with a variety of themes such as: pilgrimage, Asian Christology, food insecurity, just peace and the shift of the centre of gravity of Christianity to the Global South. The collection of these papers provides significant insights into the challenges faced by the ecumenical movement and the prospects for its future. More particularly they articulate the perspective of a new generation of leaders in the ecumenical movement whose voice needs to be heard.
Healing Gifts for Wounded Hands: The promise and potential of Receptive EcumenismResource (updated May 2014)
Receiving the Gift of the OtherWorksheet to assist you
Receptive Ecumenism: Encounter with Beauty, Truth and Love
Annual Ecumenical Lecture, Receptive Ecumenism: Encounter with Beauty, Truth and Love, presented by Geraldine Hawkes, SA Council of Churches
Receptive Ecumenism: an Examination of ConscienceA reflection presented by Very Rev Denis Stanley, Archdiocese of Melbourne.
Receptive Ecumenism in International Perspective: Contextual Ecclesial Learning
Several Australians, including seven from SA, participated in the Third International Receptive Ecumenism Conference at Fairfield University, Connecticut, USA from 9th -12th June 2014.
The theme was Receptive Ecumenism in International Perspective: Contextual Ecclesial Learning.
In addition to this participation, SA Council of Churches was also named as a co-Sponsor of the Conference, in acknowledgement of the immense contribution the Churches in SA, through SACC, have made to the way of Receptive Ecumenism, in learning about as well as in the practical application.
My hope for this gathering of people from several denominations across the world is that we will discover more about how our churches can be more reflective of the way and unity of Christ, institutionally as well as individually, and so be a seamless sign together of love, justice and peace in our world, said Geraldine.
SA Council of Churches will host a follow-up Receptive Ecumenism Lecture/Conference on 17 & 18 October 2014, with contributions from local and overseas participants from the international conference. Geraldine expressed the hope that people from SA will gather then to continue the journey of healing, from within as well as across the churches, so that we might deepen our capacity to gaze lovingly on one another in the same way as God gazes on all of creation.
Further reading about Receptive Ecumenism
Exploring the Promise and Potential of Receptive Ecumenism by Professor Paul Murray
Receptive Ecumenism - Rev Dr Denis Edwards
Receptive Ecumenism - A response by Dr Marelle Harisun
Insights, reflections and hopes by Sr Elizabeth Young RSM
Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic Learning: Exploring a Way for Contemporary Ecumenism: Edited by Paul D Murray, Durham University
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Receptive Ecumenism: Governance, Strategy and Finance
Geoff Moore, Professor of Business Ethics at Durham Business School, Team Leader for the Governance and Finance Research Team within the Receptive Ecumenism & the Local Church Regional Project. See Faith & Leadership
For more information about the work of Professor Paul D Murray and the various projects and activities around Receptive Ecumenism.
Have a look at the clip, prepared by Matthew Stuart, Committee for Local Ecumenism.
The Promise and Potential of Receptive Ecumenism
24-28 July 2012 - five-day series of Conversations and Presentations held in 7 different venues across South Australia
Presented by Professor Paul D Murray, Centre for Catholic Studies, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, UK
Over 215 people from at least 11 different traditions
Leaders/Heads of 8 different Churches
Lay and ordained leaders in local congregations
Theologians, Scripture Scholars, Liturgists, Church Historians
Members of bi-lateral dialogues
Students for Ministry
Retired Church Leaders
Leaders from ecumenical organisations
Key words and phrases:
Broken sign value
Healing gifts for wounded hands
Offering our wounded hands - or offering our best china?
Run at the horizon and the horizon expands
Surprised by joy expectant and penitent joy, realising we are on Holy ground fed by the presence of Christ
Lean into the Spirit, the agency of the ecumenical journey
A journey of continuing growth on each side
Start with the part of the garden were responsible for
A renewed emphasis on ecumenism
A renewed insight into the importance of ecumenism
Learning from as distinct from learning about
Understanding Receptive Ecumenism recognising we are on Holy Ground in each others presence
Sharing our woundedness with others
Introduction of a new concept to me
The change of thought and new receptive ecumenism is extremely important to the future of our combined Christian faith
Need for openness
Importance of Theology of Blessing in the absence of sharing at the table
Receptive ecumenism is a movement, not a programme
An understanding of RE as vision and strategy
Respecting not only other denominations, but the strength of their tradition
The desire of many more people for eternal unity
RE is not a method or a tool, but ultimately a disposition of the heart
Receptive ecumenism as a tool for my tradition as well as for others
Starting with what is difficult within my tradition
Receiving others in ecumenical way of love
Pauls input new way of looking at problem ή becomes a new way of doing ecumenism
Reconnection with an interest in ecumenism
The difference between receptive ecumenism and spiritual cherry-picking
Anyone can be an ecumenical starter!
Learning to lean into the Spirit
How can we sing a new song?
Feel free to share your own insights - contact Geraldine Hawkes