VCC meeting summary

Friday 5th July 2013, 9.30am-3pm
The Faith and Unity Commission in conjunction with the Centre for Ecumenical Studies presents a day symposium, “An Ecumenical Future? Advancing the Ecumenical Movement”.
* To open up the question of whether an ecumenical future is possible
* To address that question from the experience of the multilateral and bilateral relations between the churches
The Reverend Professor Michael Kinnamon (Seattle); “A report from the front lines of a movement under siege
Dr Tamara Grdzelidze (WCC)
The Reverend Professor James Haire AC (UCA) Response
The Reverend Professor Robert Gribben (UCA)
Chair: Ms Maureen Postma (NCCA Faith and Unity )
Venue: Catholic Leadership Centre
576 Victoria Parade [cnr Hoddle St], East Melbourne
Donation: $50.00 (includes morning tea and lunch)

14th March AGM

23rd July Evening Assembly
Venue: Mar Thoma Church, Parkville or St Mary’s Anglican, North Melbourne

6-8th November Regional Conference


May 3rd AGM
Frankston Church of Christ
Highlights: JCMA report, Parliament of World Religions, launch of ‘On the Path to Mutual Respect’ with introduction on how to use the book as a study guide. Two Commissions report

24th July Assembly
Proposed venue/s: St Mark the Evangelist Uniting Church, Greek Orthodox Church, Melkite Catholic Church.
Possible theme – ‘understanding another tradition’, or a justice theme, or environmental and climate change issues.
Church Property Committee could talk on ‘Green Churches’.
Speaker: Palestinian from the Dandenong Association of Palestinians and a Christian Peacemaker team member.

7-9th November Rural Conference
Topic: Prophetic Dialogue, led by Rev Dr Larry Never.


15 March VCC Assembly
Venue: St Johns Southgate (Lutheran Church)

November Rural Conference
Venue: Echuca? Colac? Woodend? Maryborough?


15th March Assembly of the Council
St John’s Southgate

28th July AGM
St John’s Anglican Church, Torah

9-11th November Rural Conference
Venue: Phillip Island

10-12th November Rural Conference
Theme: ‘It takes a whole village to raise a child’: Creating Intergenerational Faith Communities

1998 Rural Conference
Theme: Gospel and Culture
Venue: Queenscliff/Port Lonsdale and Portarlington Peninsula


Framing questions for events
What ideas, images and feelings come to mind as an initial response to the theme?
Where have you seen an effective ministry for (topic)
What resources have you found to be effective in this ministry?
Whom would you recommend as a possible contributor in this area?
How does this ministry impact differently in different settings, particularly comparing the rural and urban scenes?
To what extent would you be interested in contributing to or shaping the workshops and to what extent would you be interested in being a participant?