Commission for Ecumenism & Interfaith Dialogue

Practical activities for Parishes

Ideas for ecumenism


Organise combined services with other Christians

  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
  • Christmas Carols with other denominations
  • Easter Dawn Service
  • Taize style prayer session
  • World Day of Prayer
  • Doctrinal issues, eg) Mary in worship
  • Moral issues
  • Liturgical/worship issues

Groups activities 

  • Annual ecumenical dinner with guest speaker
  • Bible study
  • Prayer group
  • Justice focus, e.g., refugees, migrants, environment.
  • Also see: Local Initiatives Commission “Local Ecumenism-Information Kit, 2005”. (Sydney: NSW Ecumenical Council, 2005)


Ideas for intereligious dialogue


Organise combined services with people of other faiths

  • Coming together to pray (each in their own way) with others for peace, etc.
  • Local occasions for interreligious prayer

(Also, Bishop Andrew Wingate, Leicester’s Advisor in Interreligious Relations and Director of the St Philip’s Centre for Theology and Ministry in a Multi-Faith Society, lists a number of prayers and scripture references that would be suitable for Inter-Religious Services: Celebrating Difference, Staying Faithful, Andrew Wingate, Darton, Longman and Todd, London, 2005: pp 86-89, 112)


  • Doctrinal issues, eg) Ideas of God, sin, virtue.
  • Moral issues, euthanasia, pollution
  • Topics common to the Abrahamic religions
  • Prayer, meditation

Group activities

  • Celebration of Eid with Muslims or Festival of Light with Hindus
  • Visit local mosques, temples, synagogues
  • Compare Sacred books
  • Justice focus, eg) refugees, migrants, environment

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Contact the Commission

For any advice on organising ecumenical or interfaith activities in your local Parish in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, please contact the Commission for Ecumenism & Interfaith Dialogue.