Ongoing ecumenical groups

One of the key functions of an ecumenical body like QCT is to open up neutral spaces in which its diverse members can meet and enter into dialogue. If there are no spaces available for such joint reflection and trust-building, it might hardly ever happen.

  • QCT commissions and other networks
  • Affiliates of QCT
  • The State Church Leaders' Meeting

 

QCT commissions and other networks

Such spaces are created, for example, in dealing with particular issues in an ongoing way. QCT has several commissions - these are listed below. Each of the commissions is made up of representatives of a broad spectrum of QCT Members. QCT also hosts a regular gathering of youth coordinators from our member churches.

The Faith and Unity Commission

This commission provides an opportunity for representatives of the various churches with particular theological expertise and ecumenical experience to come together regularly. In the past the commission has looked at issues such as ecumenical worship, producing a set of guidelines. In 2008 the Faith and Unity Commission produced a short brochure on the subject of  "packaged" courses for congregations, asking some fundamental questions. It is entitled "Which Program? What Course?". Click here for details.

In 2008 the Faith and Unity Commission began reviewing the existing studies in the Christians in Dialogue series. This is a larger project, and the work is ongoing. Currently, revisions are underway and a new title is being produced, focussing on Christian faith and the environment.

The members of the Commission are:
John Agnew
Pastor Russell Briese
The Revd Canon Dr Nigel Leaves
Rev Subramaniam Manopavan
Rev Antony Mellor
The Revd Canon Richard Tutin

Click here to download the recently launched study "The Relation Between Faith and Caring for the Environment".

Click here to download the Faith and Unity Commission's AGM report.

The Commission on Religious Education and Chaplaincy in State Schools

The aim of the Commission is to provide a unified voice for the churches in their involvement with religious education and chaplaincy in state schools in Queensland.  The Commission prefers to use the term "religious education" rather than the official term, "Religious Instruction" because the members feel that RE represents a broader focus than RI.

Since these two areas of activity might be the most widespread ecumenical enterprises undertaken by churches state-wide, the issues surrounding them can be complex. Particular expertise is required to address them. The members all represent their churches on peak bodies with regard to RE and chaplaincy and are intimately involved in both fields.

The Commission maintains a dialogue with Education Queensland, Scripture Union and other significant stakeholders.

As well as dealing with current issues, the Commission is exploring ways of providing a unified voice for the Christian denominations involved in Religious Instruction and chaplaincy in Queensland State Schools. 

The members of the Commission are:
Lorraine Wynne (Chair) - Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane
Carole Danby – Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane
Jonathan Sargeant – Anglican Province of Queensland
Meg Noack - Lutheran Church of Australia, Qld District
Rev Peter Gee - Qld Congregational Fellowship

Click here to download the CRECSS AGM report.

The Commission for the Churches Together Indigenous People's Partnership (CTIPP)

Known as the CTIPP Committee, this commission supports the work of Georgia Corowa, the Coordinator of the Churches Together Indigenous People's Partnership, a program unique to Queensland. Its membership is Indigenous and non-Indigenous. The CTIPP Committee assists in the advocacy efforts of CTIPP by promoting its work in the member churches and other bodies, as well as helping to maintain the networks necessary for this work.

The members of the Commission are:
Fr Bruce Boase
Georgia Corowa
Alex Gater
Joan Murphy
The Revd Canon Richard Tutin
Ravina Waldren
Kerry Charlton

Click here to download the CTIPP Committee AGM report.

Click here to download the CTIPP Coordinator's AGM report.

The Joint Churches Domestic Violence Prevention Project (JCDVPP)

The Joint Churches Domestic Violence Prevention Project (JCDVPP) was established in 1991 in response to the needs of victims and perpetrators of domestic Violence in the Church and community. It was set up in recognition of the fact that in many instances those needs were being inadequately or inappropriately addressed by the church.

The group seeks to address the problem by raising the awareness of clergy and lay people through the publication of literature and workshops.

In 2007, JCDVPP became a Commission of QCT and can be contacted via the QCT office.

JCDVPP has released two important resources of late:

Click here to download the JCDVPP AGM report.

The Liturgy Working Group

The Liturgy Working Group does not meet regularly - it is not a commission - but comes together on an ad-hoc basis to prepare ecumenical liturgies for special events, e.g. the commissioning service of a new colleague or the public worship service that took place during the 2007 forum of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA), held on the Sunshine Coast.

The Youth Coordinators' Network

Youth coordinators from QCT's member churches who work at state or regional level gather four times a year to exchange information and develop forms of collaboration.

 

Affiliates of QCT

QCT is closely linked to several organizations and local ecumenical groups which are not structurally part of QCT but share QCT's ecumenical vision and aims. Some of these are affiliated to QCT through Associate Membership.

Click the title to read their AGM reports -

 

State Church Leaders' Meeting

Spaces for ecumenical dialogue are also created at the level of church leadership. Though the annual State Church Leaders' Meeting is not run by QCT and not limited to QCT members, the QCT office assists in the facilitation of this event.

In addition, QCT encourages ecumenical cooperation at the local level, providing resources and speakers.