CTE Forum 2018
Jim Currin writes:
The 6 Presidents of Churches Together in England and more than 200 delegates are all heading to The Hayes conference centre in Derbyshire for a Forum 17th-19th September 2018. They will together consider the theme “‘I am with you always’ - together in God’s mission” in a series of keynote addresses, top-table conversations among and with the Presidents, workshops, small groups, a multi-voice bible study and time around the dinner table.
Several features of Forum 2018 build on the experience of the last Forum in 2015. These include a focus on young people who are fully involved in the Forum, who will pose questions to the Presidents and who have planned one of the worship sessions. Other Forum firm favourites will be the Marketplace of resources and morning prayer options. We plan to produce a thirty minute video resource of the Presidents' sessions for use locally.. The Forum also provides the public place to thank David Cornick who retires as General Secretary, and introduce Paul Goodliff, as his successor.
Ruth Gee, the new incoming National Ecumenical Officer for the Methodist Church, is Moderator of Forum and said in a recent Reflection of the Month:
It is difficult to describe how exciting it is to be with representatives from at least 45 different Christian churches and traditions. The CTE Forum is a place where this happens and is a place where each one of us can grow in understanding God. I am so aware that my knowledge of God can only ever be a fraction of the reality of the God whose ways are not my ways and whose thoughts are not my thoughts. I am so aware that my understanding of scripture is conditioned by my context and my upbringing. When I have the opportunity of praying, talking and worshipping with Christians from such a wide variety of contexts I am enriched and my understanding grows. It isn’t always easy because I am often asked to consider different points of view, to listen carefully to the experience of others and this often changes me but it is change that brings me closer to God.
During the Forum look out for posts on a Facebook page www.facebook.com/CTEForum2018 and you can follow the proceedings on twitter @CTEForum2018.
As soon as possible, videos, photos and reports will appear on the CTE website: www.cte.org.uk/Forum2018
In October there will be a Reflection of the Month from Hilary Topp, Deputy Moderator of Forum. In the meantime, please pray for all those representatives of Member Churches, Intermediate Bodies and Bodies in Association as they gather for Forum 2018, the largest representative gathering of the Churches in England.