At the NCCA
The Commission will engage with the theological work of the wider Church, both to learn and to contribute. It will do so with explicit awareness of and regard to its Australian context, in particular its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, multi-cultural experience, and the current setting of its churches in a post-Christendom, multi-faith and secular environment within the Asia-Pacific region. Click here to read our Mandate
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 17-24 May 2015 reflects on John 4:7 'Jesus said to her: "Give me to drink".' The Brazilian ecumenical group that prepared the celebration invites us to use symbols of the path or journey and water as images of the visible Christian unity for which we pray. There is also a prepared Ecumenical Order of Worship that can be used anytime during the year. Resources available soon.
Past Events and Resources:
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2014 "Has Christ been divided?" (cf 1 Cor 1:1-17) was prepared by the Churches of Canada. The resource called us to reflect on the question posed by Paul to the church in Corinth where he speaks rhetorically challenging them and us concerning the divisions in the church. Go to the 2014 Resources
"What does God require of us?" (cf Micah 6:6-8)
5th Bilateral Dialogue Consultation - Melbourne, August 2012.
The Theme for this Consultation was Reception: How do churches respond to bilateral dialogues? (More Details)
“We will all be changed by the Victory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (cf. 1 Cor 15:51-58)Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2011
"One in the Apostles' Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking of Bread and Prayer" (Acts 2:42)
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2010
'You are witnesses to these things’ (Luke 24.48) 16 May - 23 May 2010
Click here for 2010 WOP Resources
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2009
'That they may be one in your hand' (Ezekiel 37.17)
Click here for 2009 WOP resources
a collection of papers prepared by
Faith and Unity Commissioners
of the National Council of Churches in Australia
This document is in pdf format and is 33 pages.
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Church, Ministry and Ordination: what Relation? (PDF)
Presented to an Anglican, Lutheran and Uniting Church dialogue group, November 2003
BILATERAL CONSULTATION: Paper 1
"A Decade of Bilateral Dialogue: The Vatican Experience"
by Idris Edward Cardinal Cassidy
BILATERAL CONSULTATION: Paper 2
"Dialogue: Uni-Directional or Multi-Directional??"
WHEN CHURCHES JOIN
These guidelines were prepared by the Christian Unity Working Group of the Uniting Church National Assembly for congregations seeking cooperation with congregations of other churches. They form a useful resource for other churches and congregations working through the practicalities of joining together.