Receptive Ecumenism

Receptive Ecumenism Resources

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

Receiving the Gift of the Other: Worksheet

Receptive Ecumenism Workshops for Inter Church Councils and for Congregations/Parishes - see below

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

Receptive Ecumenism in International Perspective: Contextual Ecclesial Learning - see below

Fourth International Conference on Receptive Ecumenism - Call for Papers

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

• Monday 6th November to Thursday 9th November 2017
• University House, Australian National University, Canberra,
• Speakers include Professor Paul Murray (Durham, UK) and Professor Michael Welker (Heidelberg, Germany) together with others from various churches, locally and from overseas.
More information about RE IV, including registration, is available here.

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.

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

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].

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.

Australian Antonia Pizzey, born in 1988, was a participant in GETI and is a contributor to this international publication. Toni’s doctoral dissertation at the Australian Catholic University focuses on the potential of receptive ecumenism as a form of spiritual ecumenism. She is interested in exploring the affective and spiritual dimensions of ecumenical engagement, and believes that re-emphasising spiritual ecumenism is important for the renewal of the ecumenical movement. She is a tutor at Australian Catholic University, teaching both theology units and the core curriculum. She lives in Brisbane with her family.

Prospects and Challenges for the Ecumenical Movement in the 21st Century Insights from the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute [GETI]  - free for distribution as long as the use is attributed, non-commercial and there is no change to the text.
Available here.

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

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

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 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 hosted 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 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
Participants included:
• 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
• Chaplains
• 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 we’re responsible for…

Insights following the various presentations...
• 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 other’s 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
• Humility
• Paul’s 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