What is Churches Together in England?
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Here we shall explain: 'What is Churches Together in England (CTE)?' If this is your first visit, do see the video introducing CTE, by the General Secretary, Revd Dr Paul Goodliff.
The formally recognised 'Basis of Churches Together in England' from 1990 is: 'a visible sign in England of the Churches' commitment as they seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another, and proclaim the Gospel together by common witness and service. Its strength comes from people from different traditions finding new ways to work and worship together.
Churches Together in England has a long history. As one of the successors to the British Council of Churches in 1990, Churches Together in England is known as the formal 'ecumenical instrument' for the agenda that the churches in England have committed themselves to. As Called to be One puts it (p127):
Jesus prayed to God the Father that all his followers might be as one as he and the Father are one so that the world might believe and trust him. Over the centuries his followers have become divided. These divisions have damaged our witness to the loving purposes of God and have hindered our participation in Christ's mission to heal and transform the world.
Following the Swanwick Declaration in 1987, Churches Together in England committed themselves:
- to seek a deepening of their communion with Christ, and with one another, in the Church which is his body, and
- to fulfil their mission to proclaim the Gospel by common witness and service in the world to the glory of God, father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Churches Together in England has partner bodies in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland is the successor body to the British Council of Churches, and co-ordinates the work of the four nations. Partner bodies relate to the Conference of European Churches and the World Council of Churches.
At a national level Churches Together in England has Member Churches, Co-ordinating Groups, Bodies in Association and other networks and agencies. Churches are also continuing to develop ecumenical commitment locally and at intermediate (county) level. Churches Together in England is served by a small staff team that works under the direction of the Enabling Group that brings together the representatives of the member churches. As a whole, Churches Together in England is represented by six Presidents.
A summary of the Annual Report is available to read. This provides a lot more information about what CTE has been doing in the previous year.
Link to the Annual Report summary
A general leaflet is available that describes what Churches Together in England is about. Printed copies are freely available by email and a PDF is available as a download.
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Link to PDF download
Further information about CTE can be found from the menu top right (mobile) or right (computer) of this page.
Video link: https://vimeo.com/314464201