Publications

The following publications are available from Church House Bookshop, 31 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BN. Tel No. 020 7898 1300. Fax No. 020 7898 1305.


Web: http://www.chbookshop.co.uk/

However, please note that the publications marked ** are only available from Council for Christian Unity, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3NZ. Fax No. 020 7898 1483.

ENGLAND

A Guide To The Church of England

Published by Continuum Books ISBN 978 1 906286 13 2 Price £9:99.

Contacts from near and far have often asked CCU staff  if there is a book that would give them a good  introduction to the C of E. Help has arrived in the shape of  " A Guide to the Church of England" by Dr Martin Davie, Theological Secretary to the CCU. This lively guide combines in a single volume a wide range of Church of England topics from mission to ministry, from Establishment to ecumenical relationships.

The "Guide" is  published by Continuum Books http://www.continuumbooks.com/ and has a foreword by Sir Roy Strong.

Ecumenical Relations - Canons B43 and B44: Code of Practice (1989) plus Supplement (1997)
A guide to the application of Canons B43 and B44 (the Ecumenical Canons), together with background information and the full text of the Canons. Text available electronically from ccu@c-of-e.org.uk

Church Representation Rules - Synodical Government Measure 1969
£4.95, 82 pages

Team and Group Ministries: Code of Recommended Practice (1996)
£6.95, 90 pages
Explains various aspects of the Team and Group Ministries Measure 1995 and recommends appropriate ways of implementing this measure.

 

Pushing at the boundaries of unity Anglicans and Baptists in Conversation

£10:99 153 pages ISBN 0 7151 4052 3 General Synod document GS Misc 801

 

Although Baptists and Anglicans share a common faith in the Holy Trinity and in Christ as Lord and Saviour, they may seem poles apart in their understanding of the Church. This report, arising from more than a decade of dialogue between the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the Church of England, reveals surprising convergence, especially in the deeper patterns of Christian initiation and pastoral oversight.

 

Pushing at the Boundaries of Unity is an unusual and innovative report and breaks the mould of ecumenical dialogue. It points to closer practical collaboration in mission between Anglicans and Baptists. It also puts a series of far-reaching challenges to both communions, especially with regards to their baptismal practices, encouraging discussion and response in an ongoing conversation.

To read the text of the report click here

Anglican-Moravian Conversations: The Fetter Lane Common Statement with Essays in Moravian and Anglican History (1996)
CCU Occasional Paper GS 1202. £2.50, 106 pages
Incorporates the full text of the Statement agreed between the Church of England and the Moravian Church in Great Britain and Ireland, together with informative essays on the origins and development of the Church of England and the Moravian Church and the history of Anglican and Moravian relations.

Commitment to Mission and Unity: Report of the Informal Conversations between the Methodist Church and the Church of England (1996)
GS Misc 477. £1.95, 28 pages
A full report of the Informal Conversations which took place in 1995 and 1996.

Releasing Energy: How Methodists and Anglicans can Grow Together (2000)
GS Misc 599. £2.95, 36 pages

The Church of England and the Methodist Church are currently in formal conversations with one another and both Churches wish to encourage every level of each Church to participate in this deepening relationship. This publication offers examples of good practice and shares experiences of Anglican and Methodist Churches working together in mission and service to their local area.

An Anglican-Methodist Covenant
Common Statement of the Formal Conversations between the Methodist Church of Great Britain and the Church of England

ISBN 1 - 85852 - 218 - 8
Methodist Publishing House PB140
Church House Publishing GS1409             Price £4:25

To read text of the Common Statement click here

Copies of the Common Statement can also be purchased from the Methodist Publishing House, 4 John Wesley Road, Peterborough PE4  6ZP Telephone: 01733 325002

For more information about MPH visit their website www.mph.org.uk

Reader's Guide to An Anglican-Methodist Covenant

The Reader's Guide includes the text of the Covenant, Affirmations and Commitments and points to key parts of the Report. Price: 50p Available in packs of ten at price £5.

A church shaped for mission: Study group material based on An Anglican-Methodist Covenant

This study guide has been complied by John Cole, former Development Officer for Mission and Unity for Churches Together in All Lincolnshire and former National Adviser Unity - in - Mission on the staff of the Council for Christian Unity.

ISBN: 0 7151 5766 3
Methodist Publishing House PB126
Church House Publishing            Price: £4:95

In the spirit of the Covenant

Published on behalf of the Joint Implementation Commission by the Methodist Publishing House 117 pages

This interim report of the Joint Implementation Commission was presented to the Methodist Conference and General Synod in 2005.

To read the text click here

 

Living God's  Covenant

This Second Interim report of the Joint Implementation Commission was presented to the Methodist Conference and General Synod in 2007. There are chapters on Practical Initiatives (including feedback from conferences held across the country in 2006); Church, State and Establishment; Encouraging Lay Ministry; and the theological understanding of the Eucharist in both churches.

Published on behalf of the Joint Implementation Commission by the Methodist Publishing House 108 pages

ISBN 978 - 1 - 85852 - 334 - 7    Price £5:00

 

Embracing the Covenant

This Quinquennial Report of the Joint Implementation Commission was presented to the Methodist Conference and General Synod in 2008. It takes stock of the Covenant relationship five years after the signing and looks ahead to the next phase.There are chapters on researching and resourcing Local Covenant Relationships, shared decision making, Episkope and Episcopacy and Calvinism and Arminianism.

Published on behalf of the Joint Implementation Commission by the Methodist Publishing House     162 pages

ISBN 978 1 85852 346 9 Price £5:99

A Theological Workbook on an Anglican - Methodist Covenant

This theological workbook has been produced on behalf of the Church of England and the Methodist Church by Dr Martin Davie, the Theological Secretary to the Church of England's Council for Christian Unity. Although Dr Davie has produced the workbook on behalf of the two churches the ideas contained in it are his own and should not be seen as representing the views of the churches themselves.

The the text of the book is available, as is more information about the "Anglican-Methodist Covenant".

EUROPE

** The Meissen Agreement: Texts (1992)
CCU Occasional Paper. £1.75, 76 pages
Includes the full (English and German) text of the Meissen Common Statement agreed in 1988 between the Church of England, the Evangelical Church in Germany and the Federation of the Evangelical Churches in the German Democratic Republic.

The German Evangelical Churches: An Introduction following the Meissen Agreement (1992)
CCU Occasional Paper. £2.95, 32 pages
An informative booklet which explains the Meissen Agreement and also describes the history of relations between Anglicans and German Protestants and the history and present structures of the Evangelical Church in Germany.

**Anglo-German Ecumenical Links: An Information Pack from the Meissen Commission (1999)
£1.00, 37 pages
An invaluable resource for those interested in establishing links with the Evangelical Church in Germany. It includes information on existing diocesan, deanery and parish links, answers to common questions, guidelines for worshipping together, issues for discussion and useful addresses and resources.

Visible Unity and the Ministry of Oversight: The Second Theological Conference held under the Meissen Agreement between the Church of England and the Evangelical Church in Germany (1997)
£9.95. 367 pages
Contributions from German and Anglican experts explain the different understandings of episcopacy and oversight and how these arose in the German and English Reformations. Episcopacy in Germany and England today is also expounded and this is accompanied by exegesis of relevant Bible texts. A valuable tool for those interested in exploring the next steps for relations between the Church of England and the Evangelical Church in Germany.

Together in Mission and Ministry: The Porvoo Common Statement with Essays on Church and Ministry in Northern Europe (1993)
GS 1083. £8.50, 218 pages
Incorporates the full text of the Statement with informative essays on other existing agreements, practices of episcopacy, ordination, initiation and confirmation, and doctrinal statements and declarations of assent within the participating churches.

**The Porvoo Communion: An Invitation to Prayer
Issued annually. £2.00, 21 pages
An essential tool for Bishops of the Porvoo Churches and the clergy and people of their dioceses facilitating prayer for one another.

Called to Witness and Service: The Reuilly Common Statement with Essays on Church, Eucharist and Ministry (1999)
GS 1329. £6.95, 136 pages
The full text of the Statement between the British and Irish Anglican Churches and the French Lutheran and Reformed Churches can be found here, together with profiles of the participating churches and their understandings of the Eucharist and Ministry.

The Catholic Church in France: An Introduction (1996)
CCU Occasional Paper. £4.95, 66 pages
This book outlines the history of the long-standing relationship between the French Roman Catholics and English Anglicans, as well as the history and present structure of the Roman Catholic Church in France.

Twinnings and Exchanges: Guidelines proposed by the Anglican - Roman Catholic Committees of France and England (1990)
£1.50, 21 pages
A useful guide (in English and French) for those involved in setting up twinnings and exchanges on a local level.

GENERAL

The Mission and Ministry of the Whole Church: Biblical, Theological and Contemporary Perspectives was produced by the Faith and Order Advisory Group of the Church of England (FOAG) in 2007. This report discusses ordained and lay ministry and the meaning of ordination, setting it all in the context of the mission of God through the Church in the contemporary world. GS Misc 854 100 pages Price £12. To read the text of the report click here.

The Eucharist: Sacrament of Unity (2001)

House of Bishops Occasional Paper GS Misc 632. £3.95, 29 pages.

In 1988, the Roman Catholic Bishops of England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland published One Bread One Body. They invited ecumenical responses to this publication and The Eucharist: Sacrament of Unity is the House of Bishops' response. It sets out the teaching of the Church of England on the Eucharist. Why is it so important? How is Christ present? Why do Anglicans offer eucharistic hospitality to members of other Churches and expect to receive it from them.

Bishops in Communion: Collegiality in the Service of the Koinonia of the Church (2000)
House of Bishops Occasional Paper GS Misc 580. £2.95, 54 pages
A useful study of the theology and practice of episcopal collegiality and the place of collegiality in serving the visible unity of the Christian Church.

Community-Unity-Communion (1998)
£9.95, 294 pages
This book brings together a collection of essays on the themes of human community, Christian unity, and the Church as communion, in honour of Dr Mary Tanner. Edited by Dr Colin Podmore, its contributors include Robert Runcie, John Habgood, Eric Kemp, John Hind, Brian Beck, Geoffrey Wainwright and many notable others.

May They All Be One: A Response of the House of Bishops to Ut Unum Sint (1997)
House of Bishops Occasional Paper GS Misc 495. £2.50, 28 pages
In his Encyclical, Ut Unum Sint, Pope John Paul II called for continuance along the path towards the visible unity of the Church and in this publication the House of Bishops of the Church of England respond warmly to the encyclical and reflect upon the issues it raises.

Apostolicity and Succession (1994)
House of Bishops Occasional Paper GS Misc 432. £2.50, 36 pages
An informative study contributing to the debate on the apostolicity of the whole Church and the understanding of the succession of episcopal ministry.

Towards a Church of England Response to Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (BEM) and the Final Report of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (1985)
GS 661. £4.95, 109 pages
Supplementary Report (1986)
GS 747. £1.00, 44 pages
As part of worldwide consideration, the Church of England made their response to these documents, produced as a result of multi-lateral and bi-lateral dialogues. These publications provide exposition as well as comment on the documents.

Unpacking the Gift - Anglican resources for theological reflection on "The Gift of Authority" GS Misc 697 £8:95 122 pages Church House Publishing
This wide-ranging collection of essays and comments - sponsored by the Church of England's Faith and Order Advisory Group - sheds fresh and often unexpected light on questions of authority and the whole search for unity in today's world.

Conversations on the Way to Unity 1999-2001 The report of the informal conversations between the Church of England, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church 28 pages Copies available from the United Reformed Church 86 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RT.
These Conversations were set up in 1997-98 and explored issues concerning conciliarity and apostilicity of the elders. There was a significant degree of theological convergence on several issues as well as the wish to explore some matters further.

Making Unity More Visible The report of the Meissen Commission 1997-2001 GS Misc 654 66 pages £7:95 Church House Publishing
This second quinquennial report from the Meissen Commission describes a busy and fruitful period of fellowship and common mission between the Church of England and the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) between 1997 and 2001. Recommendations include initiatives in the key mission area of passing the faith to the next generation, and detailed proposals for the setting up of Local Ecumenical Partnerships under the Meissen Agreement.


Paths To Unity: Explorations in Ecumenical Method. This volume includes essays by Professor John Webster, Canon Peter Fisher, Dr Martin Davie, Archdeacon Joy Tetley, Dr Paula Gooder, Dr Paul Avis and Bishop Christopher Hill. Church House Publishing

OTHER USEFUL PUBLICATIONS

Churches Together in England also produce a number of useful publications which can be obtained from Churches Together in England, 27 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HH. Tel. 020 7529 8141. Fax 020 7529 8134 For a full listing visit

http://www.churches-together.org.uk.