All are welcome

Inclusive Catholics is a welcoming and inclusive Christian community. We are Catholics and other Christians who care strongly about our faith and relationship with Jesus.

A welcoming and inclusive community of committed Christians, true to their faith, who have become disillusioned with the institutional Catholic Church and other churches.

Given the clericalism, abuse, discrimination and lack of proper governance within the Catholic Church, in 2011 Fr Greg Reynolds, a priest of the Melbourne Archdiocese for 31 years, set up a new community, called Inclusive Catholics to embrace those disillusioned with institutional churches. In this community all are welcome without question, especially lapsed Catholics as well as survivors of clerical abuse, divorcees, those who support women’s ordination and LGBTIQA+ people.

 

This community strives to let all voices be heard and equally considered when planning and celebrating worship and other events. It is now a democratic organisation led by an elected Stewardship Team with Greg Reynolds as pastor. Inclusive Catholics holds fortnightly Eucharistic celebrations at Glen Iris Road Uniting Church Community Centre, monthly lecture-discussions in member’s homes, social dinners, silent retreats and luncheon gatherings where personal stories can be shared.

Eucharist

This is an open table and any believer who wishes to receive Holy Communion is welcome. Eucharist is celebrated on the first and third Sundays of each month at Glen Iris Road Uniting Church, 200 Glen Iris Road, Glen Iris at 5.00 pm, preceded by optional quiet meditation at 4.40pm

1ST & 3RD SUNDAYS OF EACH MONTH, 5PM
GLEN IRIS UNITING CHURCH

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These meetings are held monthly in various private homes featuring a guest speaker, a talk and a vigorous discussion. In 2019 we featured, Forgiveness, Why Reflection Works, Dangerous Books, The New Atheists, What Can we learn from the Book of Job? and Buddhism.

What We Care About

Our members come from a variety of backgrounds, religious beliefs, age groups and denominations, especially Catholic. We do not force a belief system on anyone but generally aim to encourage people in their prayer life, meditation, scripture reading and social activism. Many of our members are involved in Human Rights movements, passionately supporting issues such as: First Nations People’s move to sovereign treaties; the Human Rights of People seeking Asylum; and other vulnerable peoples and action on climate change. We work with other reform groups in the Catholic Church in Australia and are an active and founding member of the Australian Catholic Coalition for Church Reform representing the major groups working for reform in the Catholic Church in Australia.

Social Justice

We are all deeply committed to Gospel values and caring for the needs of the poor and vulnerable in our society and the world. We each respond to the call in our own personal way, as we accept and support each other’s approach, gifts and priorities. Above all, our hearts and prayers go out to those who suffer abuse, injustice and oppression. We are a diverse range of personalities, with a wide range of social justice priorities. Early on we decided not to set up our own separate social justice group, but rather to support individual members in the various organisations and activities that they are involved in. For example members are involved in or connected with groups such as IPAN (the Independent & Peaceful Australia Network), Pax Christi, WATAC (Women and The Australian Church), St Mary’s in Exile, Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Acceptance, BASP (Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project), Love Makes a Way, ARRCC (Australian Religious Response to Climate Change), Catholics for Renewal, ACCCR (Australian Catholic Coalition for Church Reform), Quakers, and various Christian Churches especially Glen Iris Road Uniting Church and St Oswald’s Church.

Meditation

We are dedicated to meditation and practise it before and during each Eucharist. We agree with Karl Rahner, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will not exist at all”. We believe that meditation is the antidote to the stress of modern life. We teach meditation to beginners. We have an annual silent retreat focusing on prayer and meditation.

Retreats

These provide an opportunity for quiet reflection, prayer and meditation in a peaceful environment. This year it was decided to change from the usual three day live-in format to a one-day non-residential one. Barbara Loh facilitated arrangements at St Oswald’s Anglican Church. The theme of the Retreat was Discernment, led by Greg Reynolds. Kathy White introduced two video presentations entitled, Nurturing the Inner Self by Sister Ilia Dileo. There was a video presentation, Journey into the Dreamtime by Auntie Munya Andrews. St Oswald’s Church venue was a delightful and peaceful venue. The one-day format was popular with the 12 attendees and it was decided to repeat it. In December we held a joint retreat with St Oswald’s Church led by Rev Glenn Loughrey.

Donate

We support our organisation by collections at the fortnightly Eucharist and an Annual appeal. We have many generous supporters who assist us to cover rent, secretarial needs and website maintenance.

The ability to donate online will be coming soon.

News & Events

Latest Eucharists and Birthday Celebration

Latest Eucharists and Birthday Celebration

On Sunday February 16th after our Eucharist we celebrated Keith Wray's birthday (See Picture). On Sunday March 1st we celebrated..
Bushfire Eucharist Pray and Donate Excellent Result

Bushfire Eucharist Pray and Donate Excellent Result

Inclusive Catholics  was successful in raising $820 for  at our recent Pray and Donate  service to help  Felicie and family..
Inclusive Catholics CHRONICLE  19 Jan 2020

Inclusive Catholics CHRONICLE 19 Jan 2020

Our next I.C. Eucharist will be on Sunday, 2nd February, 2020. A big thank you to all those who generously donated towards the establishment of our new website. We hope it will allow us to reach out to those looking for a welcoming and accepting spiritual community
Bushfire Eucharist Pray and Donate 19th January

Bushfire Eucharist Pray and Donate 19th January

Dear Friends, Hi Everyone, Here is the family we are supporting on Sunday. They have bought a caravan to live..
Bushfire Liturgy January

Bushfire Liturgy January

Our next I.C. Eucharist will be on Sunday, 2nd February, 2020. A big thank you to all those who generously donated towards the establishment of our new website. We hope it will allow us to reach out to those looking for a welcoming and accepting spiritual community
Inclusive Catholics CHRONICLE  22 Dec 2019

Inclusive Catholics CHRONICLE 22 Dec 2019

Our next I.C. Eucharist will be on Sunday, 2nd February, 2020. A big thank you to all those who generously donated towards the establishment of our new website. We hope it will allow us to reach out to those looking for a welcoming and accepting spiritual community
Inclusive Catholics Eighth Anniversary

Inclusive Catholics Eighth Anniversary

This year we celebrated the Eighth Anniversary of the institution of our small Christian Community, Inclusive Catholics. Many of us will remember with a feeling of excitement at the daring nature of that first Mass celebrated by Greg Reynolds in the Caulfield Sportsground Pavilion.
Our Stewardship Team

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Inclusive Catholics acknowledge the First Nations People, the Traditional Owners of this great Southern Land of the Holy Spirit, and their many unique cultures and languages. We respect the knowledge and wisdom of Elders past, present and those emerging. They have never ceded their sovereignty and we commit to walking with them in their quest for truth, justice and treaties.

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