Being in relationship with others is instrumental to how the Uniting Church seeks to witness to Christ in the world. The Seeking Common Ground Circle invites people to learn about and participate in the ways the Uniting Church is in relationship with other Churches, other faiths, and those of no institutional faith, as together we seek to find common ground for the good of all.
Circle members will be informed about and invited to contribute to the Church’s witness through ecumenical relationships. This includes the ways that we seek to witness to the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, with churches across Australia and overseas Partner Churches.
The Circle will invite members to explore the importance of interfaith relationships as a means to witness to God in a world of many faiths. Circle members will engage with theological reflection discerning God’s openness to the world, be invited into mutually respectful interfaith dialogue and promote opportunities for friendship with other faiths.
Additionally, the circle will explore how the Church witnesses to the reconciliation and renewal of the whole creation as it engages with the search for spirituality and meaning in wider society, including with people who do not identify with any institutional faith.
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Ecumenical Reps Connect
Uniting Church people engaged in ecumenical work gathered via video teleconference for a time of sharing and looking at how we can work together across the Church.
Breaking bread, building harmony
Breaking the fast and building harmonyAbout 100 people joined together for the annual Building Harmony Iftar Dinner hosted by the Uniting Church in Australia and the Affinity Intercultural Foundation. In its eighth year, for the first time the dinner was shared across two venues Eastwood Uniting Church and Uniting Westmead. Not only did this mean
Asian Churches Meet
Asian Churches meetWritten by Rob Floyd, Assembly Associate General SecretaryThis week the World Council of Churches (WCC) convened an online meeting of the Ecumenical Officers of the WCC-member churches across the Asian region. It brought together 20 people from Bangladesh, India, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia, and was hosted by WCC staff in
The Sydney Statement and 'The Big Plan of God'
The Sydney Statement and the ‘Big Plan of God’Written by Rev Dr Amelia Koh-Butler, Seeking Common Ground Circle Advocate Recently, I have been reading the stories approaching Easter, but doing the painstaking work of looking up all those “hyperlinks” in the text that reference Hebrew scripture themes and ideas. It seems like so much of
Building Brigdes Between Faiths
Building Bridges Between FaithsA coalition of young adults from different religions has launched a new charter of principles and commitments for how we live together as people of different faiths. Ps Joyce Tangi has been the Uniting Church representative on the executive committee of Youth PoWR (Parliament of the World’s Religions) which includes young people
People on the Move
People on the Move: Solidarity and AdvocacyUCA President Dr Deidre Palmer joined a global ecumenical conversation on the impact of COVID-19 on people on the move as part of a series of webinars facilitated by the World Council of Churches.Dr Palmer spoke about the challenges faced by refugees, migrant workers and international students in Australia
Pandemic of Compassion
Praying for a pandemic of compassionA Jewish social worker, a Christian ethicist and a Muslim doctor shared their stories of responding to COVID-19 pandemic as part of the 2020 Abraham Conference. The Uniting Church Synod of NSW/ACT is a partner in the annual event which features speakers from the three Abrahamic traditions on a key