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.
Meet our Advocate and get to know our panel members.
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.
Inexhaustible joy in Taize
By Rosemary Austin Pope Francis in ‘Laudato Si’ writes, “returning to places, a chance to recover something of the true self.” With this in mind, I pack my bag and head for a return visit to Taizé, France, 40 years on! I reflect back to Sunday, 22nd January 1978 – a very special day for
Why seek common ground?
Circle Advocate Rev Dr Amelia Koh-Butler reflects on what makes seeking common ground hard, and why it’s always worth pursuing. A few years ago I was involved with a bunch of radical disciples who birthed a new community. It’s called ‘The Commons’ in Newcastle, NSW. The founders were inspired by Acts 2:42-47. The believers devoted
Meet Panel Member Emily Evans
Emily Evans is one of the Seeking Common Ground Panel members. She is also a member of the World Council of Churches Central and Executive Committees. We’ve asked her to share some of her experiences. What were your first experiences of ecumenism? One of my first experiences of ecumenism was at a local level when I
An introduction to the UCA-Jewish Dialogue
By Rev Dr Matthew Wilson, Co-Convenor UCA-ECAJ Dialogue The National Dialogue of the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly and the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) has met 45 times since 1991. The Dialogue was established when tensions arose between the Uniting Church and the Jewish community in relation to the political situation in Israel-Palestine.
May they be one
Rev Dr Ji Zhang reflects on the historic agreement between the Vatican and the People’s Republic of China on the mutual recognition of bishops appointed both by the Catholic Church in China and Vatican. In the 17th century, Matteo Ricci was one of the founding figures of the Jesuit China mission. He studied Chinese, read
Meet our Advocate Amelia
Get to know our Advocate Rev. Dr Amelia Koh ButlerThe Advocate for the Seeking Common Ground Circle is Rev. Dr Amelia Koh-Butler. We asked Amelia to share a bit about herself. What I’m doing now:Parramatta Mission’s Multifaith Chaplain to Western Sydney University (the most multicultural uni in the Southern Hemisphere) My greatest achievement has been keeping