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).
The 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).
The Bishop and Christian Unity: An Ecumenical Vademecum
On 4 December 2020, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity launched The Bishop and Christian Unity: An Ecumenical Vademecum. This document contains useful strategies and practical recommendations for promoting Christian unity in our Dioceses and parishes.
Read the document here.
World Day of Prayer - Friday 5 March 2021
The 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 2021, the host country is Vanuatu and the theme is "Build on a Strong Foundation."
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.
Services are held in a number of locations around the Diocese. Contact your parish for further information, or visit 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
Common Prayer - From Conflict to Communion
The Reformation Then and Now
2017 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 - Rev Dr William Emilsen
A Brief Thought on Where We Are Now - Rev Dr William Emilsen
The Anglican Reformation(s) - Rev. Dr Fergus King
Being Catholic During the Reformation Years - Rev. Prof. Gerard Kelly
Act Now for Persecuted Christians
One 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:
Telephone: 8379 1627