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Ecumenism

Ecumenism is an organic part of the church’s life and work, and consequently must pervade all that it is and does. (cf. Ut unum sint, 20). 

2015 EI ecum photo-3The Diocese of Broken Bay, a truly local Church where the Spirit flourishes, constantly pray the prayer of Christ that all may be one. It commits itself to exploring ways of recognising and celebrating the imperfect communion that already exists with other local Churches and communities, and, on the basis of this recognition, of taking the next tentative steps towards full communion.

Through the Tri-Diocesan Covenant between the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, and the Catholic Dioceses of Broken Bay and Maitland-Newcastle, and the growing number of covenants between Christian communities in our region, we respond to the prayer of Jesus “that all may be one” (John 17; 11, 21). 

Ecumenical News from Parishes

Download brochure (PDF 2.5MB) with snippets and snapshots of local ecumenical efforts in the Diocese of Broken Bay.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 13 - 20 May 2018

Theme: “Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power”  (cf. Exodus 15:6)

2018 CLFF xtn unity pic-3In 2018 the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Australia will be observed from 13-20 May 2018 in the week between Ascension and Pentecost.

Resources are available at http://www.ncca.org.au/ and include a biblical reflections, sermon notes and an Order of Service.  

World Day of Prayer - Friday 2 March 2018

WDP logo-2The World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year.

In 2018, the World Day of Prayer host country is Suriname and the theme is "All God's creation is very good!"

It is a movement:

  • Initiated and carried out by women in more than 170 countries and regions.
  • Symbolised by an annual day of celebration – the first Friday of March – to which all people are welcome.
  • Which brings together women of various races, cultures and traditions in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year. 

Further information: World Day of Prayer Australia Website     

A statement on the occasion of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

The Bishops Commission for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Relations of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, and the Bishops of the Lutheran Church of Australia, have issued a joint statement. It reads in part:

 “There are three dimensions to our commemoration: we are deeply aware of the past and of the damage that was a consequence of conflict and division; we thank God for the healing of the relationship between Catholics and Lutherans that has taken place in recent decades and for the impetus for unity that we share; and we look forward to walking a common path in the future, witnessing together to the mercy of God in proclamation and service to the world.”

Read the full statement here

From Conflict to Communion Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017 (PDF 3.5MB)

Common Prayer - From Conflict to Communion (PDF 282.7KB)

The Reformation Then and Now 

IMG_1670-22017 marked 500 years since the start of the Protestant Reformation in 1517. To mark this significant anniversary in the life of the Christian Churches and to foster a deeper understanding of where we have come from so that we might journey more closely in the future, a study day was held on 18 Feburary 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church Lindfield, and presented by Rev. Professor Gerard Kelly (Catholic), Rev. Dr Fergus King (Anglican), and Rev Dr William Emilsen (Uniting). 

Notes on the presentations can be downloaded below.

A Visceral Perspective on the Reformation (PDF 305.5KB) - Rev Dr William Emilsen

A Brief Thought on Where We Are Now (PDF 267KB) - Rev Dr William Emilsen

The Anglican Reformation(s) (PDF 294.8KB) - Rev. Dr Fergus King

Being Catholic During the Reformation Years (PDF 117.8KB) - Rev. Prof. Gerard Kelly

Other Resources

Act Now for Persecuted Christians

2015 EI persecuted pic-2One way we can support the persecuted Church is to keep the plight of persecuted Christians before the eyes of our parish community on a regular basis, with the call to prayer, to material giving, and considered reflection.
To assist parishes in this, the following website provides prayers, stories, liturgies, church statements and items for parish bulletins. It is an ecumenical initiative flowing from our Tri-Diocesan Covenant.
Follow the link here: www.actnowforpersecutedchristians.weebly.com


Enquiries and further information please contact:

Pina Bernard 
Telephone: 8379 1627
Email: pina.bernard@bbcatholic.org.au