Senior church leaders2018 unity photo 2
gather in South London 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018
 
Claire Crowley writes:
 
Meeting together at the invitation of Churches Together in South London (CTSL), these leaders witness to the friendship and shared purposes of South London's churches. Roger and Faith Forster offered a reflection at the invitation of Reverend Michaela Youngson, Chair of CTSL, and spoke about building bridges not walls, inspired by Pope Francis. Drawing on the theme of liberation for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Roger and Faith reflected on Exodus 15 and Ephesians 2, reading Luci Shaw’s poem “Step on it” that finishes:

“You built
one Bridge to us
Solid enough, long
enough, strong enough
to stand all tides for all time,
linking
the unlinkable.”
 
Bishop Christopher invited the leaders to share plans for 2018 and many common areas emerged, including CTSL’s upcoming Forum on 22 March at Livability in North Greenwich, which will take forward initiatives to tackle knife crime in the capital. It is a powerful witness to fellowship between denominations to see this large group of Christian leaders joining together to pray, reflect, discuss and eat together at a time when unity and partnership is crucial for our city and world.
 
Churches Together in South London (CTSL) represents over 50 local ecumenical networks across 10 London boroughs south of the River Thames, and is one of 49 intermediary bodies around the country for Churches Together in England. You can find your nearest local network on www.ctslondon.org.uk.

Further information of the Leaders Meeting in a Media Release PDF

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