Council for Christian Unity

What does the Council for Christian Unity do?

The functions of the Council of Christian Unity are to:

(a) To sustain, promote and enhance effective ecumenical working at all levels of the Church of England.

(b) To advise the Archbishops, the Archbishops' Council, the General Synod and the House of Bishops on issues and proposals relating to Christian unity, where appropriate in consultation with the Faith and Order Commission.

(c) On behalf of the Archbishops' Council and the General Synod to be the principal channel of communication with other Christian churches, the Ecumenical Instruments of which the Church of England is a member and (where ecumenical matters are concerned) the institutions and member churches of the Anglican Communion.

(d) To service committees and commissions directly contributing to these functions.

The Staff of the Council form part of the Central Secretariat of the Archbishops' Council of the Church of England and reports to the General Synod through the Archbishops' Council.

The staff team supports the Archbishop of Canterbury's ecumenical ministry, in collaboration with staff at Lambeth Palace.

To read The Church of England's National Ecumenical Relations: Annual Report for 2016 released jointly by Lambeth Palace and Council For Christian Unity in January 2017 click here

The Faith and Order Commission

The work of the Council for Christian Unity is supported by the Faith and Order Commission which acts as a theoloical resource for the Church of England as a whole. To read more click on the link on the right.