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May peace surround you and be in you,

South Australian Council of Churches

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Listening, Learning, & Loving in the Way of Christ – as churches together in South Australia

SACC acknowledges traditional custodians who have cared for this land for centuries.

We pay respect to the Elders past, present and emerging across the many Nations of this Country.

Meetings of SACC General Council

Dates for your diary

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Receptive Ecumenism: Listening, Learning and Loving in the Way of Christ

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.
More information and purchase details at https://atfpress.com/product/receptive-ecumenism/

Ecumenical Landscape of SA Council of Churches: April 2018

Ecumenical Landscape (printable version)
Ecumenical Landscape (online reading version)

Receptive Ecumenism

Healing Gifts for Wounded Hands: The promise and potential of Receptive Ecumenism - a booklet to assist us all in the way of Receptive Ecumenism: updated
For other Receptive Ecumenism resources, see here.

Fifth International Receptive Ecumenism Conference: 2020

Save the Date!

22 – 25 June 2020, Sigtuna, Sweden.
Call for papers will be sent out during the first quarter of 2019. More information.

Relationships, Renewal and Reform on the Ecumenical Journey

Annual General Meeting, Saturday 27 October 2018

Minutes, Summary & More information

Reimagining our Unity in Christ through Receptive Ecumenism

For use by any church council, agency, synod, diocese etc. Feel free to adapt to suit your context.  The approach is from the perspective of Receptive Ecumenism.

This process has been developed through the South Australian Council of Churches (SACC) in conversation with others, and modified and enhanced following use in a variety of contexts.  The aim of the process is to nurture a receptive disposition and to lead people into a meaningful engagement with Receptive Ecumenism with its potential to draw any church body into inner conversion and a deeper encounter with Christ.

Download document:  Reimagining our Unity in Christ through Receptive Ecumenism (120 kb)

Ecumenical Bequest to assist in the work of Refugees and Displaced Persons

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Relationships, Renewal and Reform

Receptive Ecumenism Mini-Conference , 28 July 2018, 9am-4pm

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Ecumenical Partnership in the Mission of Christ

The main conversation focus the SACC AGM 2017 was on Priority 5, Ecumenical Partnership in the Mission of Christ.  Appointees to SACC were invited to respond to the question: In what ways does your church act with other Christians on education, advocacy and fundraising to help alleviate poverty, oppression and injustice in Australia and overseas?
SACC Response - March 2018.

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

Insights and Learnings

Letter to Inter Church Councils (May 2018) from SACC Community for Local Ecumenism


Growing Together in Discipleship: Journeying Together in Mission

General Meeting - Saturday 28 April 2018

Summary for Newsletters

Receptive Ecumenism: Fourth International Conference

Leaning into the Spirit: discernment, decision-making and reception

SACC Reflections
Other Reflections
Conference Details

Homily from Fourth International Receptive Ecumenism Conference
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SA Council of Churches is wondering…

What is the gift that your church committee, board, council etc has received from another tradition and integrated into the life and mission of your church?

Whose is the voice that raises the ecumenical question on your committees, boards, councils etc regarding pastoral care & decision-making?

Stories on the Ecumenical Journey

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A Lenten Pilgrimage to the Heart: May we be always ready to give up what we cannot keep in order to gain what we cannot lose

Insights and Reflections Invited
SA Council of Churches invites all who downloaded and/or used the Resource during Lent to send insights and reflections to Ecumenical Lenten Resource 2018 c/- Geraldine Hawkes at sacc@picknowl.com.au. This will assist the preparation of future resources.

Graduation Address: University of Divinity

More information and a copy of the address, entitled Gifts of Ecumenism in, with and for our world, focussing on love and humility, can be found on Receptive Ecumenism page.

SA Council of Churches News

SACC Executive gathered on 30 January 2018 for an extended conversation in on SACC’s Core Purpose & Priorities, and the relationship of Member Churches towards one another through SACC. Some aspects that emerged for action during 2018 can be found here.

Religious Freedom Review: Resource

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet invited the local Christian leaders who had prepared a Religious Freedom Resource to meet with the Expert Panel on Tuesday 27 February 2018, as part of the Expert Panel’s face-to-face consultations in Adelaide.
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Praying for Peace in the Holy Land

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Domestic Violence

Handbook for Clergy and Pastoral Workers.    

Recognition, Reconciliation and Relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the churches in South Australia

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See Uluru Statement from the Heart

Healing our Broken Life: Living More Fully our Love and Unity in Christ - in, with, and for our world

Insights & Reflections on the visit of Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary, World Council of Churches to South Australia on 14 October 2016.
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Greetings from the General Secretary

Port Pirie Diocesan Assembly 2017 - Building Bridges of Peace (500 years since the Reformation)

Ecumenical Service Bridges of Peace
Homily - Ecumenical Celebration of the Word - 4.4.2017

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People: 29 November 2016

See Father Raed's message here.

SACC 70th Birthday Celebrations Saturday 29 April 2017

A Vision - 70 years from now
Outline [Agenda] of the celebrations
Reflections - for sharing in your newsletters together with your own reflections and photos
Image and reflections by Heshmat Keroloss
Presentation on the day (available until 21 December 2017)
Photos of the day

Prospects and Challenges for the Ecumenical Movement in the 21st Century

Insights from the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute [GETI]

Information here

Magill Inter Church Council celebrates 70 years of ecumenism

To celebrate 70 years of ecumenism in South Australia, Magill Inter Church Council (MICC) sponsored an “ecumenical historical walk” on Sunday 15 October 2017. Photo and more 

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South Australian Council of Churches - nurturing and nourishing the understanding, spiritual growth and practice of ecumenism across the Churches of South Australia.