CofE / Baptist latest conversation:
Sharing the Faith at the Boundaries of Unity
In July, the Church of England and the Baptist Union released a report on their latest round of Conversations, Sharing the Faith at the Boundaries of Unity, together with accompanying study material. Both are available at https://www.churchofengland.org/about-us/work-other-churches/england/conversations-with-baptist-union-of-great-britain.aspx (follow hyper-links in the text, not links to older report in ‘resources’ pane to the side).
The Revd Canon Jeremy Worthen, Secretary for Ecumenical Relations and Theology in the Council for Christian Unity for the Church of England writes, 'The report has plenty of ‘meat’ and is a substantial contribution to ecumenical dialogue, while the study material is designed to be widely accessible by a range of local church groups'.
In the preface to the book Anglican co-chair Rt Revd Donald Allister, Bishop of peterborough says:
"This book is quite unlike other reports of ecumenical conversations. In its conversational form it aims to give the reader a flavour of the cut and thrust of friendly debate, on the key theme of sharing the Christian faith today. How do we know what the faith is? How do we receive and grow in the faith? How do we celebrate the faith in worship? How do we share the faith beyond the walls of the church? The conversations reported in this book, seeking to answer these questions, follow up the first report published ten years ago under the title Pushing at the Boundaries of Unity, which was widely recognized to have broken fresh ground in ecumenical dialogue.
Once again conversation-partners commissioned by the Church of England and the Baptist Union of Great Britain produce a report which enables readers to stand on the borders of unity between Christian churches, as well as on the borders between the church and society around. Its purpose is to draw in readers themselves to share the conversation.
The report is published in book form by Regent's Park, College Oxford with the addition of two further reflections. Priced at £10.00 it is available from Regent's Park College Oxford website or Church House Bookshop, 31 Great Smith St, London SW1P 3BN
To read or download Sharing the Faith at the Boundaries of Unity click here
Material to enable groups from local churches to engage for themselves with the main themes of the report has been prepared. To read or download this study material click here.
Link to more information on the website of Baptists Together
Link to more information on Church of England website