In the Inner Western Suburbs

The ‘Church as Communion’ ecumenical discussion: program, organised through the Inner Western Suburbs Interchurch Council and held over three Wednesdays in : August and September, was a great success. There were 14 participants: four from the Uniting Church, six Anglicans and four Roman Catholics, a good mixture.

Leadership of the sessions was shared between Fr Owen Strong (Anglican), Rev. Yvonne McRostie (UCA) and myself.

The venue (the recently restored rectory) and hospitality provided by Christ Church were first class. The study material offered a good mixture of prayer, quotes from the ‘Church as Communion’ document, stories and discussion : questions. It was the best ecumenical discussion resource I have used. This, plus the willingness of all members of the group to contribute to the discussions, meant that we always ran out of time before completing all : the material provided for each topic.

Copies of ‘The Church as Communion’ study book are available from the Catholic Commission for Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations: Elizabeth Harrington