A Study Guide to The Mission of the Church –

The Roman Catholic-Uniting Church in Australia Dialogue Report

The national Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Uniting Church in Australia met in Brisbane from 2002 to 2008 and explored the topic of The Mission of the Church. At the end of 2008, the report from the Dialogue was submitted to the appropriate authorities in each of the Churches. The report was approved by both Churches and placed on their websites.

Members of the Dialogue team have been keen to share their findings with the wider Church communities, and so, in 2010, Revd Wendi Sargeant and Revd Peter Lockhart produced a series of seven short reflections on the Uniting Church perspective of each of the areas considered by the Dialogue.

In discussion with their Roman Catholic colleagues, it was decided to produce two resources for use by people in congregations.

1. The first is two sets of complementary reflections for use as formation/prayer before meetings etc. These consist of a scripture passage, a précis of the Roman Catholic or Uniting Church perspective of one of the areas, followed by discussion questions and prayer. It is anticipated that each reflection would take approximately 20 minutes.

2.The second resource is intended for use by local ecumenical groups who would meet weekly, for a 90‐minute session, over a minimum of four weeks. It explores the Dialogue material in considerably more detail and also provides prayer resources and questions.

This document is the second of these resources. Both resources will be available for free download from the websites of the Uniting Church Queensland Synod Ecumenical Relations Committee Dialogues Page.

and the Brisbane Roman Catholic Commission for Ecumenism and Inter‐religious Relations

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

from the Foreword to Reflections on the Mission of the Church –  a small group study resource on the Dialogue Report.

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