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The Commission for Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations,

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane.

For more information and articles on Ecumenism, visit their website at

http://www.bne.catholic.net.au/ecum/newsletter

New Christians in Dialogue Studies a great success

After a break of approximately five years, a new Christians in Dialogue program was published to coincide with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity this year. The program, entitled Churches in Covenant with: One Another aims to highlight the Covenant signed by the member churches of the National Council of Churches: in Australia at its last Forum in Adelaide in July 2004.

The churches involved in the Covenant are the Anglican Church of Australia, Antiochian Orthodox Church,’ Armenian Apostolic Church, Assyrian Church of the East, Churches of Christ in Australia, Congregational Federation of Australia, Coptic Orthodox Church, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, Lutheran Church of Australia, Religious Society of Friends, Roman Catholic Church in Australia, Romanian Orthodox Church, The Salvation Army, Syrian Orthodox Church and the Uniting Church in Australia.

The new program was written by an ecumenical team from Rockhampton Churches Together. It looks at the Biblical background to covenanting, explores the National Covenant in detail and provides examples of covenants operating in local communities.

It has proved an extremely popular resource with over 500 copies sold to groups from all over Australia in the five months since publication. The program sells for $3 per copy (plus postage and handling, GST not applicable) and is available from Christians in Dialogue, cI- Faith & Life, G.P.O. Box 282, Brisbane QLD 4001. P: 07-3336 9354, F: 07-3336 9177, E: ecum@bne.catholic.net.au.

 

For further details see the website:

http://www.bne.catholic.net.au/ecum/ChristiansinDialogue.php

The following are some of the stories from focal groups which have operated the program this year…

Milton/Paddington

A group of about ten (Anglican, Roman Catholic and Uniting Church) from the Inner Western Suburbs Church Council met at Christ Church, Milton. They valued the opportunity to be informed about the National Covenant: and even learnt something about their own Church’s position on some issues. They appreciated the clear outline of the program and the ease of use. .