Working Together Internationally
Working together internationally
There are two main dimensions of the Church of England's work
with other Churches internationally:
- Engaging with other Churches in Europe
- Engaging with Churches around the world, through ecumenical
instruments such as the World Council of Churches and national
Councils of Churches, and through the global ministry of the
Archbishop of Canterbury.
Engaging with other churches in Europe
Many of our activities here are focused on:
- links through the Diocese in Europe
- membership of the Conference of European Churches
- formal agreements with partner Churches
- informal conversations.
The Porvoo Agreement was signed in 1996. It commits us to
sharing a common life in mission and service with a number of
Lutheran and Anglican Churches who are in communion with one
The Meissen Agreement was signed in 1991. It commits us to
journey towards greater unity and closer fellowship. This is a
formal relationship between the Evangelical Church in Germany and
the Church of England.
The Reuilly Declaration was signed in 2001. It commits us to
witness and service together. This is a formal agreement with
French Protestant churches and Anglican Churches across the
More information about all these areas of our work can be found
by following the relevant links on this page.
To read more about the Ecumenical Background
for our European Work, click on the link to the right.
To read more about Linking up with Europe,
click on the link to the right.
Engaging with Churches around the world
The Archbishop of Canterbury has a global ministry, which
includes representing the worldwide Anglican Communion in its
relationships with other Churches at local, national and
international level. To find out more about the Archbishop's
ministry and about the work of the Anglican Communion Office, click
on the links to their websites.
The Church of England is a member of the World Council of
Churches. According to a key statement from 1998, "The primary
purpose of the fellowship of churches in the World Council of
Churches is to call one another to visible unity in one faith and
in one Eucharistic fellowship, expressed in worship and common life
in Christ, through witness and service to the world, and to advance
towards that unity in order that the world may believe." Click on
the link to their website to find out more.