Seeking Unity – does it matter?

Rt Rev’d Professor Stephen Pickard, Executive Director, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture

Does it matter whether Christians are content to exist in division? Does seeking unity mean we have to sacrifice the truth? 500 years ago Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church and it sparked a major controversy that continues today. Can the divisions of the church be healed and does it matter? What would it take? Does God care?

These questions introduce an article “Unity of Christians” by the Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C)Rt Rev’d Professor Stephen Pickard, in the Centre’s latest Bulletin; also referring to the Ecumenical Roundtable to be held at the ACC&C Monday, 29th May 2017 (register by 24th May): Using this 500th year of the Reformation, the theme for the Roundtable is, ‘Luther at 500: Taking the Ecumenical Pulse’. Speakers will come from Lutheran, Catholic, Methodist (NZ), Greek Orthodox and Baptists Churches.We will work towards a greater shared understanding and renewed working together for the sake of the Gospel of God. And as we do we remember the words of St Augustine (4th century), ‘In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity’. 

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‘Faith in a Basin Future’

An evening of dialogue exploring integral ecology in the Murray-Darling basin

Monday 1 May 2017, 5.30 for a 6pm start concluding 8.30pm at The Pavilion, Australian Centre for Christianity & Culture, Charles Sturt University, 15 Blackall Street, BARTON, ACT. Download flyer RSVP: Eventbrite site (http://bit.ly/2nittZ4)

Catholic Earthcare Australia and The Uniting Church NSW/ACT Synod invite you to hear about new research on integral ecology in the Murray-Darling Basin and to join us for dialogue on how this concept might support communities into the future. 

Speakers will be:
Dr Sarah Wheeler from the University of Adelaide,
Dr John Williams and Dr Jamie Pittock from The Australian National University
Ms Jacqui Rémond, National Director of Catholic Earthcare.

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Ecumenical Service for Parliament 2017

On Tuesday 7th February 2017 at St Christopher’s Cathedral, Forrest there will be an Ecumenical Service to commemorate the commencement of the Australian Parliament for 2017. The event will commence at 7.30am and conclude at approximately 8.15am.

The Parliamentary Christian Fellowship has issued an invitation to all Churches reminding us that this service is an opportunity to remember our privileges and responsibilities before God and to ask for His blessing on our nation. As with previous services, it is anticipated that lessons will be read by the Governor General, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. The Sermon will be delivered by the Rev David Campbell, Senior Minister of the Presbyterian Church of St Andrew, Forrest.

There will be limited parking available from 7am to 8.30am in the grounds of the Catholic Education Office (Opposite the Cathedral, 52-54 Franklin St). Parking can also be accessed from the public parking available in the Manuka area.

Please rsvp by email sarah.jarvis@aph.gov.au or to Sarah on (08) 8205 1040 to confirm your attendance.