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    Desert_park_pic_shortIn 2009 (which is also the UN Year of Reconciliation), the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity overlaped with the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation. Over 11 days - May 24 to June 3 - including the great feast of Pentecost on May 31 - we therefore had a wonderful opportunity to renew and deepen our relationships in the one God in whom we share together through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. This year's theme appropriately was 'That they may become one in your hand (Ezekiel 37:17) and a variety of resources and links can be found below to assist Australians in joining more effectively in that great wave of prayer begun by Jesus himself when he prayed 'that they may all be one... so that the world may believe' (John 17:21).

    The 2009 resources, adapted for use in Australia, are grounded in the experience of the churches in in Korea. In their context of national division the churches have turned for inspiration to the prophet Ezekiel, who also lived in a tragically divided nation and longed for the unity of his people. The resources therefore offer fresh encouragement to churches in Australia to worship together locally, to witness to their unity in Christ, and to pray and act for the greater visible expression of that unity, not least in the context of our journey towards national Reconciliation. Link them into daily and weekly prayers, and with other special occasions (such as the World Day of Prayer on March 6 and National Day of Thanksgiving on May 30) and such prayer will be indeed strengthen God's hand for unity. For the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2009 is also an opportunity to reflect further on the vital importance of what is sometimes called 'spiritual ecumenism', the foundation of all Christian work for reconciliation and unity. Such a prayer base can further strengthen Christian commitment to seeking peace and reconciliation for all in the worldwide Decade to Overcome Violence.



    Information for weekly Church Bulletins
    and Prayers for Congregations to use on Sunday 24 and/or 31 May

    Download specimen version of the prayer card here

    Download a flyer here

    Available from: NCCA
    Ph: (02) 9299 2215, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    or from [your state ecumenical council]

    *You will need Adobe Acrobat to view these resources

    If you download resources from the NCCA website, it would be greatly appreciated if you could make a donation to the NCCA for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Many thanks!



    from Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia

    from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission (NATSIEC)

    Tuesday, 24 November 2009 15:24

    Issues and Documents

    The NCCA Faith & Unity Commission is currently working on a number of key issues and documents related to both global and Australian ecumenical initiatives.

    World Council of Churches Documents

    pdf One Baptism: Towards Mutual Recognition (223 KB)  (WCC Faith & Order Paper No. 210)

    Response of the NCCA Faith & Unity Commission to One Baptism Towards Mutual Recognition

    The Church Towards a Common Vision (WCC Faith & Order Paper No. 214)

    Response of the NCCA Faith & Unity Commission to The Church Towards a Common Vision

    The Dar es Salaam Report

    Response of the NCCA Faith & Unity Commission to the Dar es Salaam Report

    Moral Discernment in the Churches (WCC Faith & Order Paper No. 215)

    Together Towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes (Commission on World Mission and Evangelism)


    Australian Bilateral Dialogues

    Living Word, Living Tradition (Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue)

    Response of the NCCA Faith & Unity Commission to Living Word, Living Tradition


    Discussion Papers

    In the past the Faith & Unity Commission has discussed a range of topics. These papers remain relevant. 

    pdf Broadening the Theological Dialogue (14 KB)

    pdf Further Study on ‘Australian Churches Covenanting Together’ (28 KB)

    Spiritual Ecumenism

    Receptive Ecumenism

    pdf The Decade to Overcome Violence; A sumary of the Commission's work (33 KB)

    Mutual accountability as an issue in ecumenical and member Church life

    Seeking to listen to and engage with the theological journey of Indigenous Australians

    The Commission held a seminar ‘New Trends in Ecumenism’ on 9 July 2010 immediately prior to the NCCA Forum in Canberra. This was also the theme of the Ecumenical Address given by Rev Dr Gerard Kelly: pdf A New Ecumenical Wave (110 KB)

    From Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia

    from Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia