Thousands of Catholics gathered in Liverpool over the weekend of 7-9 September 2018 to think, pray and celebrate. The Eucharistic Congress, Adoremus ('Let us adore') was a mixture of theological input, worship and silent prayer. One theme running throughout the Congress was ecumenism.
On the Friday, the 'symposium day', one of the workshops offered was 'The Eucharist as a sign of the Church’s Unity: “One Bread, One Body” revisited'. Co-ordinated by John O'Toole, the Catholic National Ecumenical Officer (right in the photo), it featured inputs by three of his NEO colleagues, from left to right in the photo: Callan Slipper (Church of England), David Evans (Salvation Army), and Neil Stubbins (until recently the Methodist NEO). Their inputs are downloadable below.
One of the sessions on offer in the varied parallel programme was 'Eucharist, the Bread of life'. This was an ecumenical conversation about the place of the Eucharist in the life of the Church and in living our Christian faith. Speakers were the Anglican Bishop of Liverpool the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, the Archbishop of Liverpool the Most Revd Malcolm McMahon OP and Revd Dr Sheryl Anderson, the Liverpool Methodist District Chair. This was the session which the Church Times headlined: RC Archbishop tells Liverpool Anglicans "I long to share the Eucharist".
Inputs and reports are downloadable below and are also on the Bishops' Conference website