Ecumenical Prayer Cycle (World Council of Churches)
Ecumenical Trends is the bimonthly journal of Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (United States), which publishes articles on the ecumenical and interreligious movements. The journal is available in print and online. Ecumenical Trends reports on current trends and progress in these movements around the world. It covers theological consultations, conversations, dialogues and cooperation, and it notes the availability of documents and resources. Ecumenical Trends occasionally publishes the text of dialogue documents. Regularly, Ecumenical Trends features exclusive interviews with leaders in the ecumenical and interreligious fields.
COVID-19 resources – see the link on this website
Reflective Being, Being Reflective: 25 years of multi faith perspectives on disability and spirituality in Australia and Aotearoa, New Zealand (2022) edited by edited by Andy Calder, Jayne Clapton and Trevor Parmenter.
Copies can be purchased in person at Centre for Theology and Ministry (29 College Crescent, Parkville 3052). The e-book version is $25 and can be purchased at www.underthesun.net.au from the day of the launch. Also Amazon, Booktopia.
Environment resources and statements
CCA (Christian Conference of Asia) statement for World Environment Day 2022
Regenerating Australia video (on Youtube for hire for $3.99)
Environmental matters, climate justice, care of creation… lots of congregations and church groups are engaged in different ways. Here’s an interesting short Australian film that could be a catalyst for conversation. It’s a hypothetical news report from 2030 based on interviews with a diverse group of Australians who were asked about their hopes and dreams for the future. Very hopeful (and hypothetical – depends what we do next). Consider organising a viewing with a few other people (ecumenical/local/interfaith) to raise the issue of the possible alternative story if Australia acts to address the climate emergency now. Could also be part of planning for the Season of Creation in September?
Domestic and family violence
Preventing and Responding to Family Violence: A Faith Leader’s Practice Guide and Toolkit’ by Manal Shehab (Sisters4Sisters Support Services) with support from WIRE and other famiy violence specialist organisations, including consultation with members from Victoria’s diverse faith communities.
Preventing Violence Against Women (Anglican resource)
Hidden in Plain Sight: an inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia (Parliamentary submission)
See resources, links and networks elsewhere on this website here.
Statement from the Heart website
Statement from the Heart resources (study guide, facilitator’s guide produced by the Vic/Tas UCA Synod)
A voice in the wilderness 8 part study guide (free downloadable PDF) written by Celia Kemp, Anglican Board of Mission’s Reconciliation Coordinator. As well there is a leader’s guide.
The NCCA has signed a joint resolution in support of the Uluru Statement, 27th May 2022.
Yoorrook Justice Commission – the first formal truth-telling process into injustices experienced by First Peoples in Victoria, which will look into past and ongoing injustices experienced by Traditional Owners and First Peoples in Victoria in all areas of life since colonisation. (Can subscribe to an email for updates)
History, Truth Telling, & The Uluru Statement from the Heart (webinar Thursday 21 July 2022) Leaving this as a placemark – will link the webinar when it is uploaded to the University of Divinity website.
Victorian Multicultural Commission annual report 2020-21
A draft protocol for mutual recognition and respect in Pluralistic Australia: A response to the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act (2001) in Victoria by the Heads of Christian Churches (in the book ‘On the path to mutual respect’ by Alan Nichols and published by the Victorian Council of Churches – copies available for free by contacting the VCC office, email@example.com)
Social Justice in the Marketplace (Anglican Diocese of Melbourne)
Chris Barnett collates a monthly email with resources for children’s and family ministry. You can receive the mailing by contacting Chris (details here)
Comparative Religions Guides
Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia
A Comparative Guide to Judaism, Christianity and Islam
A Celebration of Ut unum sint: The 25th Anniversary (Eds. Doru Costache and Diane Speed, Sydney 2020)
Download PDF here.
This publication celebrates the release of Pope John Paul II’s significant encyclical on ecumenism. TRC (Theological Reflection Commission, NSW Ecumenical Council) has seized the occasion as an opportunity to make a contribution to rebooting the dialogue of love between Christians of all persuasions.
The Ecumenical Movement: Theological Foundations by Rev Dr Ray Williamson OAM (NSW Ecumenical Council)
Download PDF here
The Ecumenical Movement: A History from 1948 by Rev Dr Ray Williamson OAM (NSW Ecumenical Council)
Download PDF here.
Guidelines For Multifaith Gatherings: A Document Prepared for Faith Communities and for People of Goodwill Who Want to Organise a Multifaith Gathering, Victorian Council of Churches in collaboration with Victorian Multicultural Commission
Interfaith Marriage: Some Pastoral Guidelines, Victorian Council of Churches, 2010
Renewing Creation: Listening to the Groans and Hopes of the Earth, ed. David Schubert, South Australian Heads of Churches, 2003
Eat This Bread, Drink This Cup: Eucharistic Practice in Australian Churches: A Booklet for Group Study and Prayer, Ray Williamson & Gerard Kelly (eds.), NSW Ecumenical Council Incorporated, 2004
Authority and the Christian Life: Five Ecumenical Studies on ‘Authority and the Christian Life’ from the Faith & Order Commission of the Victorian Council of Churches, ed. Jeff Gray, Victorian Council of Churches, 1989
Catholics and Catholicism in Contemporary Australia: Challenges & Achievements, Dr Abe W. Ata ed., David Lovell Publishing, Melbourne, 2012
Election 2022 resources
HOW DO I VOTE
Election 2022 Guide the ABC great tool
Uniting Church in Australia – A vision for a just Australia: Federal election resource 2022
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference – Bishops call for ‘a better kind of politics’
Salvation Army, Social Justice Stocktake (May 2022)
Scarring effects of the pandemic economy: COVID-19’s ongoing impact on jobs, insecurity and social services in Victoria ( a report produced in April 2022 by the Australian Catholic University (ACU) in partnership with Catholic Social Services Victoria (CSSV) and St Mary’s House of Welcome outlining COVID-19’s ongoing impact of jobs, insecurity and social services in Victoria).
Church Leaders ask political leaders to ‘take powerful action’ on climate change (Church Leaders Easter statement on the environment)
Uniting Vic/Tas – an opportunity to build a fairer, more equitable Australia for all
Church Leaders Easter Message on the Environment here.
Bishop Philip Huggins, Director, Centre for Ecumenical Studies, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture on climate change and the Federal Election.
A Public Affairs Commission discussion paper on Climate Change 2021 by the Rev’d Dr Evan Pederick (Anglican).
A series by Anglican Bishop, The Rt Rev Dr Peter Stuart
Issue 1: ‘We need a proper commitment to aged and disability care‘; ’Issue 2: ‘We need balanced legislation to protect freedom of religion‘;
Issue 3: Affordable Housing;
Issue 4: Integrity in Government
Election 2022: Roadmap for Reconciliation (Reconciliation Australia)