Ecumenical assembly marked new beginnings, according to bishop

EcumenicalReligious denominations from around South Australia converged on Port Pirie last week for the 21st Port Pirie Diocesan Assembly and in the process helped to take steps toward a more united future.

Congregation members and religious ministers from the Baptist, Catholic, Uniting, Anglican, Lutheran and New Life churches came together to worship, celebrate religious diversity and embrace what unites them at the ‘Building Bridges of Peace’ event at the Northern Festival Centre.

Port Pirie Bishop Greg O’Kelly said that the event coincided with the 500thanniversary of the Reformation – which occurred in part after Martin Luther nailed the ‘Ninety-five Theses’ to the All Saints’ Church door in Wittenberg, Germany – was an appropriate time to convene to discuss religious matters and focus on how far the Church had come.   Continue reading

Catholic and Shia Muslim leaders unite to condemn WMDs, terrorism

Nuclear_bomb_explosion_at_the_Nevada_Test_Site_April_18_1953_Photo_courtesy_of_National_Nuclear_Security_Administration_Nevada_Site_Office_CNA_12_15_14Shia Muslim religious leaders from Iran and U.S. Catholic bishops say they have a common fight against weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and violent religious extremism.

“Christianity and Islam share a commitment to love and respect for the life, dignity, and welfare of all members of the human community,” they said in an Aug. 18 joint declaration. “Peaceful coexistence is built on equity and justice. We call upon all to work toward developing a culture of encounter, tolerance, dialogue, and peace that respects the religious traditions of others.”

The two delegations agreed that belief in one God unifies Jews, Christians, and Muslims.  Continue reading