ARCHBISHOP JUSTIN SPEAKS AT
PUBLIC ISSUES CONFERENCE
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will give the
keynote address at the 'Love your neighbour: Think, Pray, Vote'
conference organised by the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) of the
Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United
Reformed Church. This will be the third such conference arranged by
the three churches and will be held at Coventry Central Hall on
Saturday 21 February 2015.
The 'Love your neighbour: Think, Pray, Vote' conference has been
designed to enthuse and equip delegates to be effective Christian
disciples in the build-up to the UK's general election on 7 May
2015. The Archbishop's address will set the scene for a day of
reflection, discussion and Bible study focused on how churches and
individual Christians can help create a more just society.
During the day delegates will be able to choose from a number of
workshops covering issues such as poverty, housing, peacemaking,
immigration and climate change, as well as sessions dealing with
the practical issues of encouraging churches and communities to be
an active part of the political process.
Rachel Lampard, Joint Public Issues Team leader and policy
adviser, said: "The 'Love your neighbour: Think, Pray, Vote'
conference will explore how we can work together as a people of
faith to challenge political leaders to focus on the needs of the
"The Conference aims to help us put Christ's call to 'love our
neighbour' at the heart of everything we do in the run up to May's
General Election. By responding to the needs of the disadvantaged
and marginalised we hope Christians will use their vote to help to
create a world that better represents God's Kingdom of justice and
Archbishop Justin is committed to ecumenical working and
building links across the denominations and is attending this
conference as a guest of John Ellis, moderator of the General
Assembly of the United Reformed Church.
Mr Ellis said: "Archbishop Justin has been a champion of social
justice both in the UK - where he has shown great leadership
in tackling payday lenders and in the reform of the banking system
- and internationally where he has provided a much needed voice for
peace and reconciliation in Iraq and Sudan. It is great honour to
have Archbishop Justin as the keynote speaker at the 'Love your
neighbour: Think, Pray, Vote' conference."
WCC STAFF VISIT TO CHURCH HOUSE WESTMINSTER: NOVEMBER
In November a delegation of staff from the World Council of
Churches visited Church House to share details of their recent
events and current plans. The group included the Revd Dr Hielke
Wolters, Associate General Secretary for Unity and Mission
(Protestant Church in the Netherlands) and Dr Clare Amos, Programme
Executive for Inter-religious Dialogue and Cooperation (Church of
England). Its programme included a meeting hosted by Archbishop
Justin at Lambeth Palace with bishops having a lead role in
ecumenical dialogue. There was a seminar at Church House with
national staff from Mission and Public Affairs, Education, Ministry
and other departments to explore matters of shared interest.
FIFTY YEARS OF CONCORDAT RELATIONS BETWEEN THE CHURCH OF
ENGLAND AND THE PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENT CHURCH
The Filipino Community and the Church of England celebrated the
50th anniversary of the Concordat between the Church of
England and the Iglesia Filipino Independiente (Philippine
Independent Church) on Sunday 19th October at St John
the Evangelist, Notting Hill, the home of the Filipino Chaplaincy
in London. The President at the Eucharist was the Obispo Maximo,
The Most Revd Ephraim Fajutagana, and the preacher was the Most
Rev'd Joris Vercammen, Archbishop of the Old Catholic Union of
Utrecht, a church also in communion with the Church of England. The
Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, the Right Revd Robert Innis,
represented Archbishop Justin.
The photograph shows a group of Igorot Dancers dancing in
The Obispo Maximo and a delegation of clergy and laity from the
Philippines had been visiting England the previous week. Archbishop
Justin welcomed the delegation to Lambeth Palace on Wednesday
15th October (see the photograph below), when the two
primates met privately to continue the conversation begun during
Archbishop Justin's visit to the Philippines in August.
The Concordat, bringing our two churches into communion, was
signed on 16th October 1963 by Archbishop Michael Ramsay
and the Obispo Maximo, the Most Revd Isabelo de los Reyes Jr. One
of the fruits of the Concordat has been the establishment and
maintenance of the Chaplaincy Program to Filipino Migrants in the
Dioceses of London and Chelmsford and the recent opening of the
Chaplaincy Program in the Diocese of Leicester. The journey in the
past 50 years of the two churches is concretely manifested in these
and other joint efforts and cooperation.
Archbishop Justin's message, which the Bishop Robert Innis read
at the service, can be read
ARCHBISHOP JUSTIN AND METHODIST PRESIDENT HOST DAY OF
REFLECTION ON MINING
The Archbishop Justin and the Revd Kenneth Howcroft, President
of the Methodist Conference, hosted an Ecumenical Day of Reflection
on Mining on Tuesday 7 October with representatives of leading
mining companies, as well as representatives from non-governmental
and other faith-based organisations at Lambeth Palace.
Work towards the Day began in late 2013, when senior
representatives of a group of mining companies contacted first the
Methodist Church and then the Church of England to ask for
Christian ethical input to their conversation about the future of
their industry, recognising a need for change that involves
communities taking an active role in the process.
The Day provided an opportunity to explore different
perspectives, find common ground and build a shared understanding
of what mining's role could and should be.
In September 2013, the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace
hosted a Day of Reflection at the Vatican, attended by senior
mining company executives, led by the CEO of Anglo American, along
with church and religious civil society representatives. The 7
October Day of Reflection at Lambeth built on that conversation
particularly how mining can contribute to the Common Good in the
years to come.
For more details see:
ANGLICAN - ORIENTAL ORTHODOX AGREEMENT
Further to a Latest News item earlier this year senior
theologians in the Anglican Communion and Oriental Orthodox
Churches have confirmed an agreed statement on their
understanding of Christ's Incarnation. This statement focuses on
the question of how the two natures, human and divine, were united
in one human being: Jesus Christ. Although the text is challenging
for non-specialists it signals a significant step forward.
This mutual understanding of Christ's incarnation is not just a
minor point of theology but a subject that divided the Church
following the Council of Chalcedon in 451 AD, leaving the Oriental
Orthodox Churches separated from the Eastern Churches and the
Church of Rome.
The work to reconcile these branches of the Christian family on
the question of how the two natures human and divine, were united
in one human being, Jesus Christ, began in earnest in the
By 2002 an Agreed Statement on Christology had been prepared by
the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Commission (AOOIC) and
sent to the participating Churches and an updated statement was
recirculated in 2013. By the October 2014 meeting in Cairo, AOOCIC
members were able to finalise the document and Bishop Geoffrey
Rowell and His Eminence Metropolitan Bishoy of Damietta signed on
behalf of their churches.
This statement, which is a significant step of reconciliation,
will now be sent to "the responsible authorities of the Oriental
Orthodox Churches and the Anglican Communion for their
consideration and action."
Dr Jeremy Worthen, CCU Secretary for Ecumenical Relations and
Theology said: "The terminology of the agreement may seem obscure
to many readers but its central concern is to speak truthfully
about Jesus Christ as the son of God who became incarnate for our
At its Cairo meeting the Commission was greatly appreciative of
hospitality extended by His Holiness Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic
Orthodox Church and the Most Revd Dr Mouneer Anis, President Bishop
of the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.
The Commission shared the urgent concerns of members from the
Middle East, especially in the critical situations in Syria, Iraq,
Lebanon and other regions, and heard of the experience of the
Church in Egypt from Pope Tawadros and Bishop Mouneer.
The fourth meeting of the Commission took place in Wales in
October 2015, hosted by the Anglican Communion, addressing among
other issues the theme of the Holy Spirit, on which important
preliminary work has been done.
More details available at link below:
The agreement can be read at:
The Communique from the Commission can be read at:
MEISSEN COMMISSION MEETS IN BERLIN 25 - 28
The Commission's agenda had the theme Reformation and
Politics and included a visit to the offices of the EKD
Representative to the Bundestag and the European Union. The
Commission also considered what contribution Meissen could make to
the Reformation Jubilee in 2017. To read more details click
PORVOO CHURCH LEADERS MEET AT
Friday 19th September 2014
The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu welcomed more than 40
Porvoo Church Leaders for their meeting at Bishopthorpe Palace on
18-19 September 2014.
Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien, Presiding Bishop of the Church
of Norway, and Archbishop John Sentamu delivered Bible Studies on
the theme Towards Greater Unity and Closer Fellowship.
Archbishop Michael Jackson of the Church of Ireland and Bishop
Peter Skov-Jakobsen, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in Denmark - the Anglican and Lutheran Co-Chairs of the
Porvoo Communion of Churches - also spoke on the theme.
At the closing Eucharist service held at Bishopthorpe Chapel on
Friday 19 September, the signing of the Porvoo Declaration was
completed by Archbishop Elmars Ernsts Rozitis of the Latvian
Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad, and Bishop Martin Lind of the
Lutheran Church in Great Britain. Archbishop Sentamu presided and
Archbishop Antje Jackelén of the Church of Sweden preached.
The Porvoo churches continue their commitment to grow together
as churches in mission and service, praying for and with one
For more information about the Porvoo Communion, please visit http://www.porvoocommunion.org/
CELEBRATING THE CHURCH IN PAKISTAN
St Martin's in the Fields, 27th September
An Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving, supported by the Church
of Scotland, the Methodist Church, the Church of England, CMS and
Us on 27th September 2014 at St Martin-in-the-Field celebrated the
continuing contribution of British Churches, mission organisations
and individuals in the areas of education, healthcare, social
welfare, peace and justice, mission and evangelism in Pakistan.
The staff and choir at St Martin put a lot of energy in to it.
Revd Dr Sam Wells presided at the service; Ms Caroline Tisdall
shared her experience and feelings as a missionary child in
Clarkabad, the oldest Christian village in Pakistan, Dr James Tebbe
Rector Forman Christian University spoke about the importance of
education and the role of Christian institutions in Pakistan. The
Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave Bishop of Woolwich in his sermon talked
about the hidden but powerful faith of Pakistani Christians that
they express during the time of tribulation and persecution.
Revd Christopher Lamb presented a brief history of the church and
British missionaries in Pakistan.
Guests came from all over the country. Among them were
guests from Netherlands and Norway and Pakistan as wel as British
missionaries and their families who have lived in Pakistan;
representatives and staff of the churches, organisations, societies
and groups working in Pakistan; and Christians and Muslims of
Pakistani heritage. For a full report go to
Thanksgiving for Missionaries in Pakistan. To watch the service
go to: http://www.wwebtv.com/Home/OnDemand.
YOUNG CHRISTIANS JOINING PRAYER COMMUNITY IN LAMBETH
PALACE September 2014
Archbishop Justin is opening up Lambeth Palace to adults aged 20
- 35 to spend a year living, praying and studying together as a
radical new Christian community. Launching in September 2015, the
Community of St Anselm will gather a group of young adults from all
walks of life seeking a challenging and formative experience of
life in a praying community.
The Community will initially consist of 16 people living at
Lambeth Palace full-time, and up to 40 people, who live and work in
London, joining part - time. The year - long programme will include
prayer, study, practical service and community life.
The Revd Dr Jo Wells, chaplain at Lambeth, said:
"Archbishop Justin is passionate about prayer and about community.
The renewal of prayer and Religious Life is the first of his three
priorities, and that is what the Community of St Anselm is all
"We are inviting people from all around the Anglican Communion -
and beyond - to live a year in God's time. There are no
qualifications for joining the Community except a longing to
pray, to learn, to study together the things of God, and so to be
stretched in body, mind and spirit.
To find out more details visit: www.stanselm.org.uk
ANGLICANS AND ORIENTAL ORTHODOX PREPARE FOR THEOLOGICAL
BREAKTHROUGH August 2014
Senior theologians in the Anglican Communion and Oriental
Orthodox Churches are to confirm an agreement on their
understanding of Christ's Incarnation.
The Co- Chairs and Co- Secretaries of the Anglican-Oriental
Orthodox International Commission who near Beirut, Lebanon in
August and reviewed responses to the 2002 Agreed Statement on
Christology which had been sent to the Churches of the two
church families for consideration.
The statement considered the question of how the two natures,
human and divine, were united in one human being: Jesus Christ.
Noting overwhelming approval for the agreement from both sides, the
steering committee considered minor adjustments and will prepare a
Preamble for consideration by the Commission.
His Eminence Metropolitan Bishoy of the Coptic Orthodox
Church, the Rt Revd Geoffrey Rowell of the Church of England,
Archbishop Nareg Alemazian of the Armenian Orthodox Church were
joined by Revd Canon Dr Alyson Barnett - Cowan, Director for Unity
Faith and Order for the Anglican Communion who said: "Such
agreement on the fundamental theological question about the
Incarnation marks a breakthrough in over 1,600 years of division.
It is a blessing that the churches can proclaim together in such a
time as this the great good news that God in Jesus Christ became
human in order to enter into and save our world."
Dr Barnett-Cowan said that throughout the meeting the group was
conscious of the violence breaking out in so many places in the
Middle East. "Anglicans and Oriental Orthodox alike, together with
Christians worldwide, are united in prayer for the peace of
God to come again to the region."
More details available at link below:
PLIGHT OF IRAQI CHRISTIANS
ARCHBISHOP JUSTIN URGES SOLIDARITY OF
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has urged social media
users to show their concern for Iraqi Christians by adopting the
hashtag #WeAreN. He tweeted on Wednesday: "Share solidarity of
prayer and love with victims of terrible suffering in Iraq,
especially threatened Christians of Mosul. #WeAreN." Mentions that
five Iraqi Eastern Churches are organising a demonstration this
Saturday (26 July) in front of the Houses of Parliament to express
their solidarity with Christians in Iraq and draw attention to
For more information about the plight of Iraqi Christians see
report in "The Tablet" at link below:
ST MELLITUS RETURNS TO
In 601 AD, Pope Gregory sent a band of missionaries from his
monastery in Rome, led by Mellitus, the Abbott of the monastery of
San Gregorio, to help the recently commissioned Augustine in his
mission to the east Saxons. Mellitus was soon to be Bishop of
London, founded what later became St Paul's Cathedral and later
became the third Archbishop of Canterbury.
In the context of developing relationships between the Church of
England and the Roman Catholic church, based around the Archbishop
of Canterbury's developing relationship with Pope Francis, in June
2014, a group of ordinands from the recently formed Anglican
College named after Mellitus made a return visit. In a trip planned
in conjunction with the Anglican Centre in Rome and its Director,
Archbishop David Moxon, twenty students and staff from St Mellitus
College visited Rome, staying in the very monastery from which
Mellitus was sent, exploring its Christian history, and meeting
with various representatives of the Roman Catholic church,
including Fr Luigi Gioia from the Pontifical University of San
Anselmo, Fr Peter Hughes, Abbott of San Gregorio monastery, and Sr
Therese Magdala of the Sisters of Charity.
This was a ground-breaking way of building links between the
Anglican and Roman Catholic churches.
Father Peter Hughes, Abbott of San Gregorio commented: "I
was delighted with the group's positive response to the
experience and the sense of grounding discovered in
returning to the monastery of Augustine and Mellitus. It was right
and appropriate that they should have all felt at home here! I hope
that we can build on this creative and important
Archbishop David Moxon said: "We were delighted to have the
students here and to get to know them. They were intelligent, aware
and very engaged. It was a privilege and a joy to work with such
Graham Tomlin, Dean of St Mellitus College said "this felt a
historic moment - the spiritual descendants of Mellitus' mission to
Britain paying a return visit to the place from which he was sent,
and an expression of our debt to the bold missionary work of the
church in Rome in centuries past."
Andy Rooney, one of the ordinands wrote: "It was an
extraordinary trip, rewarding in so many different ways.
Being reminded, not least through the tombs of SS Peter and Paul,
that our faith is not a disconnected spiritualism but an
incarnational faith rooted in particular people in a particular
place and time. Approaching the Lord's table with Christians
from around the world through liturgy whose words we didn't
understand but whose meaning was palpably the same worship of the
same Christ. Meeting those working from either side of the
divide for reconciliation between the Anglican and Roman
ARCHBISHOP WRITES TO ECUMENICAL PARTNERS ABOUT WOMEN
Archbishop Justin has written to ecumenical partners about the
General Synod's decision to allow women to become bishops,
emphasising that churches "need each other".
In his letter he emphasises that of the five principles declared
by the House of Bishops principles 3 and 4 have particular
ecumenical relevance. These read as follows:
3. Since it continues to share the historic episcopate with
other Churches, including the Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox
Church and those provinces of the Anglican Communion which continue
to ordain only men as priests and bishops, the Church of England
acknowledges that its own clear decision on ministry and gender is
set within a broader process of discernment within the Anglican
Communion and the whole Church of God;
4. Since those within the Church of England who, on grounds
of theological conviction, are unable to receive the ministry of
women bishops or priests continue to be within the spectrum of
teaching and tradition of the Anglican Communion, the Church of
England remains committed to enabling them to flourish within its
life and structures
In his conclusion Archbishop Justin says:
"Finally, it is clear to me that whilst our theological dialogue
will face new challenges, there is nonetheless so much troubling
our world today that our common witness to the Gospel is of more
importance than ever. There is conflict in many regions of the
world, acute poverty, unemployment and an influx of oppressed
people driven away from their own countries and seeking refuge
elsewhere. We need each other, as we, as churches empowered by the
Holy Spirit, rise to the challenge and proclaim the good news of
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and strive for closer fellowship
and greater unity."
The whole letter can be read at the Archbishop's website at:
The Anglican - Oriental Orthodox Regional
Deep Concern about Christian Communities in
Bishop Geoffrey Rowell and Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of
the Coptic Church in the UK and Republic of Ireland, the co
chairs of the Anglican Oriental Orthodox Regional Forum, have sent
a message of deep concern to the Christian leaders of Syria.
They said in the letter to HH Catholicos Karekin, HH
Catholicos Aram, HH Patriarch Aphrem 'we are sending this message
of deep concern, knowing your responsibility for these historic
Christian communities, and to assure you of our prayers for you,
your people, and all who suffer, and who have been displaced and
made homeless at this time. We stand in Christian solidarity with
you, and hold before God the suffering of our Christian brothers
and sisters, praying that God will sustain and strengthen you and
give all who suffer the blessing of His peace and the strength to
endure. We greet you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and
assure you of our prayers for your ministry and for your
The letter was sent following a meeting of the Anglican-Oriental
Orthodox Regional Forum in England on July 1st at Lambeth Palace,
in London, to which members of the Forum were welcomed by Bishop
Nigel Stock, on behalf of the Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of
Canterbury. Bishop Nigel serves as Bishop at Lambeth and has, along
with other responsibilities, the oversight of the ecumenical
relations of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
A major part of the agenda of this meeting was receiving an
update on recent developments in the Middle East, particularly the
tragic conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Members of the Forum were
deeply saddened to hear in more immediate and personal detail, what
is already known from news reports, of the devastating consequences
for the Christian communities of Mosul and elsewhere of the recent
seizure of territory by Islamic jihadists - acts of terror, the
destruction of churches, and the expulsion of the Christian
population from villages and districts where they had lived in
peace for centuries. They were also told of similar outrages
elsewhere in Syria.
This meeting was also a valuable opportunity for members of the
Forum to share with Bishop Nigel its work over the years in sharing
common concerns, exchange of news from the churches, and keeping
open important channels of communication between the Church of
England and the Oriental Orthodox Churches in England. It is part
of long years of close relationship between Anglicans and
Christians of the Oriental Orthodox Churches.
NEW ARCHBISHOP OF
The Bishop of Newcastle takes greetings from the
Archbishop of Canterbury
The Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Martin
Wharton attended the inauguration service of Archbishop Dr Antje
Jackelén in the Cathedral of Uppsala on Sunday 15 June.
Jackelén, born 4 June 1955 in Germany, is the new Archbishop of
Uppsala, Sweden. She was ordained in the (Lutheran) Church of
Sweden in 1980 and became Doctor of Theology at Lund University in
1999. In October 2013, she was elected archbishop and primate of
the Church of Sweden, thus making her Sweden's first female
The Archbishop said in her sermon in the Cathedral of Uppsala:
"When Nathan Söderblom became Archbishop of the Church of Sweden a
hundred years ago, in the autumn of 1914 when the First World War
had just begun, he realised that Christians from different
countries and churches needed to talk to one another and work
together for peace and the good of the world. The powerful
nationalism of the early 20th Century put a spoke in the
wheel of his peace initiatives. But he did set in motion
cooperation between the churches, ecumenism: "God's orchestra plays
music of many parts", as he put it."
ANGLICAN METHODIST REPORT RECEIVED BY
On Tuesday 1 July 2014 the Methodist Conference received
the Anglican Methodist Covenant Joint Implementation Commission
report Challenge of the Covenant: Uniting in Mission and
Holiness approving all three of its major recommendations.
A report on the Methodist Church website reports that the
Conference directed that proposals for a form of Methodist
episcopal ministry (such as a "president bishop" ) be developed for
consideration. It also urged local churches, circuits and districts
to make the most of what Anglican and Methodist can already do
together in joint worship and in serving their communities. One
example of this is the creation of "Covenanted Partnerships in
Extended Areas" which allow an increase in shared ministry in local
"Covenanted Partnerships in Extended Areas are a very welcome
progression for us in Cumbria", said the Revd Richard Teal, Chair
of the Cumbria Methodist District. "We hope the whole of the county
will become one because they enable covenant partners
to share ministry and develop strategies across the area. They also
allow Methodist ministers to conduct baptisms and preside at holy
communion in Anglican churches and Anglican clergy to do the same
in Methodist churches."
The Church of England is expected to consider Challenge of
the Covenant at the next General Synod meeting taking place
after the York session of 11-15 July. The report specifically
challenges the C of E to resolve the issues that stand in the way
of interchangeability of the ordained ministries of the two
More details can be read at:
A Quick Guide to the report can be downloaded from the link
The whole Report can be viewed at the home page of the
Anglican - Methodist Covenant Website (see link
The report can be downloaded as a single document or by
ANGLICANS AND ROMAN CATHOLIC CRICKETERS TO
PLAY FOR GLOBAL FREEDOM NETWORK
Anglican and Roman Catholic First XIs will face
each other in Canterbury on Friday 19 September in a historic match
to raise funds for the Global Freedom Network, the joint Anglican -
Roman Catholic anti-trafficking initiative launched in March.
Entrance will be free but there will be a bucket
collection during the match, which will be followed by a gala
dinner to raise further funds.
The match will mark the culmination of the St
Peter's Cricket Club "Tour of Light" initiative, and follows a
challenge laid down by the club's honorary president Cardinal
Gianfranco Ravasi to Archbishop Justin Welby.
Archbishop Justin said: "I was delighted to meet
members of the St Peter's Cricket Club during a recent visit to
Rome, and am greatly looking forward to welcoming them to
Canterbury in September for what will be an historic occasion. I
would like to express particular thanks to Kent County Cricket Club
for so generously offering the use of their ground, and to those
who are working hard to ensure the St Peter's team enjoy a
memorable tour. I also pray that the match will draw attention to
the very serious problem of modern slavery and human trafficking,
which our two churches are working closely together to combat
through the work of the Global Freedom Network."
For more details about the St Peter's Cricket Club
(including the team playing on 19 September) see the website of the
Pontifical Council for Culture
ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY MEETS POPE FRANCIS
IN ROME June 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby met Pope Francis in Rome on Monday
16 June. In their second meeting within eighteen months the
church leaders recommitted themselves resolutely to the struggle
against human trafficking and modern slavery. This follows their
decision to support the foundation a new faith based global freedom
network. They both endorsed this network as a crucial force in the
struggle to rid the world of a global evil.
Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin also spoke about areas in
conflict and how churches around the world are called by Christ,
our reconciler, to act as peacemakers. They described their
Christian passion for peacemaking in places torn apart by war, and
pledged their ongoing commitment to act as agents of reconciliation
and restorative justice.
The Pope and Archbishop also spoke of their appreciation of the
recent work of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission
(ARCIC) following its meeting in South Africa. The burdens of
division continue but the opportunities for new collaboration and
much deeper understanding between the two world communions are
compelling and timely.
Addressing Pope Francis Archbishop Justin paid tribute to
ecumenical conversations over the last 50 years:
"As we remember the precious spiritual heritage that is common
to us both. I pray for the continuing work of the members of the
official groups who conduct our ecumenical conversations.
Remembering always the desire of the Our Lord that "all may be
one", we remain deeply committed to this work. I realise that there
are matters of deep significance that separate us. Yet looking
back, we see that the Grace of God has led so much to happen. In
November this year it will be 50 years since the decree on
ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio, was promulged by your
blessed Pope Paul VI, and it right that I should pay tribute to the
work of the Holy See through the PCPCU through these fifty years
towards the goal of full visible unity. In 2016 we will celebrate
the 50th anniversary of Archbishop Ramsey's historic
visit, commemorated in the ring given to him by Pope Paul VI."
Archbishop Justin visited the Anglican Centre in the city to
hear about a new international Anglican Roman Catholic Commission
on Unity and Mission website at the time of its launch. The
Archbishop also saw a church-based refugee project, visited the
Sant'Egidio community mission and heard about poverty projects. He
met members of the international ecumenical Catholic foundation
Chemin Neuf four of whose members took up residence at Lambeth
Palace earlier this year, and visited the Monastery of San Gregorio
al Celio for ecumenical vespers.
Archbishop Justin also met with the Vatican cricket team in Rome
ahead of a planned match between Anglican and Roman Catholic teams
to raise awareness of joint efforts to combat modern slavery and
human trafficking. For further details about the match see
latest news item above.
For more details of the visit and the address go to the
following links on the Archbishop of Canterbury's website:
IN MEMORIAM BISHOP JOHN SATTERTHWAITE June
CCU was sorry to learn of the death of Bishop John
Satterthwaite, who from 1980 to 1993 was the first Bishop of the
new diocesan see of Gibraltar in Europe. In his previous roles
as Bishop of Fulham and as General Secretary of the Church of
England's Council for Foreign Relations (1955-1970), he played a
major part in strengthening his church's relations with those of
the Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions and also in establishing
a strong Anglican presence in continental Europe. He had a key role
in organising the historic visit that Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher
made to Pope John XXIII in 1960. Soon afterwards he arranged for
the attendance of official Anglican observers to the Second Vatican
Council and himself attended part of the Council's sessions. As
Secretary of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Council for Roman
Catholic Relations he helped to establish the ecumenical programme
that has in more recent times been carried out by the English
Anglican-Roman Catholic Committee (English ARC). He befriended, on
behalf of the C of E, émigré Christian communities in London and
helped to build up the Anglican-German Christian Fellowship and the
Anglican- Eastern Orthodox Churches Association.
CCU MEETING AT LAUNDE
ABBEY June 2014
The Council for Christian Unity met on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday
11 June for its annual residential meeting at Launde Abbey, the
retreat centre for the dioceses of Leicester and Peterborough. The
Council, chaired by Bishop Donald Allister, addressed a number of
key areas of the Church of England's ecumenical work including its
response to the final report of the Joint Implementation Commission
for the Anglican-Methodist Covenant The Challenge of
the Covenant. Members of the Council received a presentation
on research currently in progress regarding the growing presence of
Christians from ethnic minorities in England, and also discussed
recent documents from the World Council of Churches.
RECEPTIVE ECUMENISM CONFERENCE IN CONNECTICUT:
ARCHBISHOP JUSTIN SENDS
Archbishop Justin has sent a letter of greeting to the Third
Receptive Ecumenism conference which is taking place at
Fairfield University, USA from Monday 9 to Thursday 12 June. In a
warmly supportive communication he recognises that "Receptive
Ecumenism seeks to take seriously the very significant challenges
facing formal, theologically-based ecumenism in contemporary
context and seeks to make a valuable contribution on our journey
towards greater unity and closer fellowship" His prayer is
that this Conference: "will enable bonds of friendship to be
strengthened., provide good conversations and dialogue, that we may
understand one another's traditions better and that we may mature
The Receptive Ecumenism Conference is being organised by
the Centre for Catholic Studies at Fairfield and the Centre
for Catholic Studies, Durham University U.K. and co-sponsored by
the Anglican Communion and other ecumenical partners. Building on
previous gatherings in Durham in 2006 and Ushaw in 2009 the theme
will be "Receptive Ecumenism in International Perspective:
Contextual Ecclesial Learning". It will press the issue of
Receptive Ecumenism in the more complex contexts of global
Christian reality and in relation to some of the sharpest issues
providing causes of tension and division within and between the
To read the full letter of greeting click here.
ECUMENICAL TRAINING INSTITUTION PRAISED IN INSPECTION
REPORT May 2014
An inspection report from the Churches' Quality in Formation
Panel has awarded confidence to the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham,
praising the college as 'vibrant learning institution' with 'a very
gifted staff team'. The first overall strength of the college
highlighted in the report is the 'ecumenical nature' of Queen's:
'By preparing for both Anglican and Methodist ministries it gives
all its students a natural awareness of ecumenical possibilities
for the future.'
The full report is available at:
ARCIC III MEET IN DURBAN: LOCAL AND UNIVERSAL CHURCH May
The Anglican - Roman Catholic International Commission is in its
third phase of theological dialogue. From 12 to 20 May it met at
the Vuleka Centre, Botha's Hill, Durban, the first time in its 40
year history that ARCIC has met in Africa.
Under its mandate for this third phase of work the Commission
explored the Church as Communion, local and universal, and how in
communion the local and universal church come to discern right
Commission members visited the Hillcrest Aids Centre, and a
project in Nazareth, Pinetown run by the Diakonia Council of
Churches, which works for social justice and community development
with the poorest people.
A communiqué from the meeting can be read at the Anglican
Communion website at the link below:
C OF E AND URC: CARRYING FORWARD
The group responsible for carrying forward official
Conversations between the Church of England and the United Reformed
Church held its fifth meeting on Monday, 2 June, at Church House,
Westminster. The focus of the meeting was on lay and ordained
ministry in the two Churches, and how we can learn from one another
and grow closer together as we face common challenges. The group
heard presentations from the Revd Ruth Whitehead, Convenor of the
Ministries Group for the United Reformed Church, and the Ven.
Julian Hubbard, Director of the Church of England's Ministry
Division, and engaged in a lively discussion with them.
The group is due to finish its work in 2015. It was
appointed by the two Churches following the publication of the 2011
report, Healing the Past, Building the Future.
To read the "Healing the Past, Building the Future"
report click here
REUILLY CONTACT GROUP MEETING IN
The Reuilly Contact Group met for its ninth session in Leicester
from Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 May, celebrating twelve years since
the signing of the Reuilly Common Statement that brought together
British and Irish Anglican Churches with Protestant Churches in
France. The gathering had the theme of Building
Christian Confidence, with a programme facilitated by the St
Philip's Centre that included visits to places of worship of other
The Group found that in parts of the city where the Christian
population of parishes was a small minority, the Church of England
had developed new ways of Christian witness. Far from their
confidence being undermined by this situation, Christians were
serving and witnessing with joyful humility to the Risen Christ.
This provided a fruitful area for the group's reflections on common
challenges during their discussions together.
To read the communiqué click here