Receptive Ecumenism

Renewal and New Relationships

Receptive Ecumenism Mini-Conference

Saturday 28 July 2018, 9am-4pm at Catholic Education SA, 116 George Street, Thebarton.
Two keynote speakers from the Fourth International Receptive Ecumenism Conference held in Canberra in November 2017:
•   Dr Antonia Pizzey, Lecturer, School of Theology / Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, Australian Catholic University (Brisbane Campus)
•   Rev Dr Vicky Balabanski, Senior Lecturer in New Testament at Flinders University Department of Theology and Co-Director of Biblical Studies at the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology 
As churches continue to respond as communities of disciples to the place of church in the neighbourhood and in the world, what might we learn from our ecumenical other?
All welcome at this mini-conference which will offer pathways for renewal and new relationships.  Themes across the day, which will be interactive, include:
•    The Receptive Ecumenical Spirit: The Role of the Virtues in Guiding Receptive Ecumenical Discernment and Decision-Making
•    Bible study & discussion
•    Relationship of Receptive Ecumenism to ecclesial identity and church renewal, and to the world
Contribution of $ 10 - $ 20 invited towards costs of hosting this event (payable on the day).
BYO lunch or head round the corner to a café with Middle East food.
Registrations to SA Council of Churches: Geraldine Hawkes
An initiative of SACC Community for Ecumenical Learning - sharing insights and learnings from the Fourth International Receptive Ecumenism Conference

Receptive Ecumenism: Fourth International Conference

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

From 6-9 November 2017 around 145 people gathered in Canberra for the above conference. Twenty two were from South Australia.  This was the first international ecumenical conference since the World Council of Churches General Assembly in Canberra in 1991, and it took place just a week after the commemorations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Each day began with prayer, followed by deep, rich and considered Bible Study, led by the Rev’d Vicky Balabanski. Other highlights were:

•    Paper entitled The Receptive Ecumenical Spirit: the Role of the Virtues in Guiding Receptive Ecumenical Discernment and Decision-Making by Dr Antonia Pizzey, Australian Catholic University.

•    Presentation entitled Discerning the Call of the Spirit to Theological-Ecclesial Renewal: On Being Reasonable and Responsible in the Way of Receptive Ecumenical Learning, by Dr Paul D Murray, Professor of Systematic Theology, Durham University, UK.

•    Workshop entitled Receptive ecumenism in mission: a practical example from Sweden led by Dr Sara Gehlin, Church of Sweden, and a them from the Christian Council of Sweden/Swedish Mission Council.

Geraldine Hawkes, Ecumenical Facilitator, SA Council of Churches

Homily from Fourth International Receptive Ecumenism Conference
Opening Worship Homily by Archbishop Christopher Prowse, Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn, 6 November 2017, in Canberra, Australia
Let us start our conference asking for the grace of listening attentively to each other in a spirit of humble conversion. This is what the Lord would surely want. Ultimately it is to fulfill the Lord’s greatest command, “That we love one another as He has first loved us”.

Graduation Address: University of Divinity

On Thursday 30 November 2017, 73 students of the University graduated, with 26 receiving their award in person at Immanuel College Chapel, Adelaide. The Graduation Address was given by Geraldine Hawkes, Ecumenical Facilitator of the South Australian Council of Churches. A copy of the address, entitled Gifts of Ecumenism in, with and for our world, focussing on love and humility, is here.

Healing Gifts for Wounded Hands: The promise and potential of Receptive Ecumenism

Resource (updated May 2014)

Receiving the Gift of the Other

Worksheet to assist you

Receptive Ecumenism Workshops for Inter Church Councils and for Congregations/Parishes

If your Inter Church Council, Parish or Congregation would like to explore the practical application of Receptive Ecumenism, contact Geraldine Hawkes, SA Council of Churches, or phone 8215 0300 to discuss how our team can work with you.

The Gift of the Other

The Gift of Each Other: Learning from Other Christians Resource for Parishes

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

Insights from the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute

Forming Younger Ecumenical Leadership For The 21st Century
Prospects and Challenges for the Ecumenical Movement in the 21st Century
Insights from the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute [GETI].
Read more here

Exchange of Gifts: Reimagining our Unity in Christ through Receptive Ecumenism

Saturday 8 July 2017, 9.30am-12 noon, St John the Baptist Parish Centre, 342 Anzac Highway, Plympton.
An Ecumenical Learning Event of SA Council of Churches

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 Conscience - a reflection

A reflection presented by Very Rev Denis Stanley, Archdiocese of Melbourne

Receptive Ecumenism in International Perspective: Contextual Ecclesial Learning (RE III)

Several Australians, including seven from SA, participated in the Third International Receptive Ecumenism Conference at Fairfield University, Conneticut, USA from 9th -12th June 2014.

Looking, Listening, Learning and Loving

SA Council of Churches hosted a Receptive Ecumenism Lecture/Conference as a follow-up  to RE III on 17 & 18 October 2014.  Contributions were from local and overseas participants from the international conference.  The hope was expressed that people from SA will 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

Receptive Ecumenism
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