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
Annual ecumenical dinner with guest speaker
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
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
Download Practical Ideas for Parishes on Ecuemenism & Interreligious Dialogue.
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.