Synod Ecumenical Relationships Committee (SERC)

ECUMENISM - Churches Together

That they may be one - John 17:21

“The Synod Ecumenical Relationships Committee seeks to encourage exploration of new possibilities of working ecumenically at Synod and congregational levels. SERC works in close association with the Assembly Christian Unity Working Group (CUWG), South Australian Council of Churches (SACC), Leaders of Christian Churches in SA (LOCCSA), the South Australian Dialogue of the Roman Catholic and Uniting Churches (SADRCUC) and sisters and brothers from other ecumenical bodies within the Christian faith.” SERC Terms of Reference

Key Ecumenical Events in 2017 are:

1. Celebration of the 70th year of South Australian Council of Churches, on 29 April, 2017. Already city churches have agreed to participate in a whole day of meeting in the various churches to share over food, pray together, give thanks for the past, and listen to what the Spirit is calling us to in the future.

2. The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with Luther 500 over 28th June to 3rd July at the Catholic Leadership Centre, Melbourne.

3. Receptive Ecumenism IV Conference in Canberra, 6-9 November, 2017. Rev Dr Paul Murray and other overseas speakers have agreed to attend. The focus is on sharing stories of Receptive Ecumenism at the local level, and what has been learned from those experiences. The SERC plans to send at least two representatives to the conference, to share our story and we encourage congregations to also participate in this important opportunity to share with people from all denominations from around the world.

Building Partnerships in Christ

We invite congregations to establish partnerships with another congregation of another Christian tradition, and to discern the gifts each denomination brings to the other, through building close relationships. We welcome information about any ecumenical activities occurring at the congregational level, so that we can disseminate those stories by way of the various media available. Committee members are also available to resource individual congregations as you engage in these ecumenical learning possibilities.