Ecumenism & Unity
As a diocese we understand and value the benfits in working across demoninations. We are committed to developing these partnerships.
Below are a range of articles, book reviews, stories and links around the subject of ecumenism and unity.
“It is not simply that we do things better together. It is that we are the Church when we are together. We are obedient when we are together. We are open to the spirit of God blowing in power through us into a world becalmed in suffering, when we are together.”
Click here for the full text of this talk given by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Material for 2019 originates from the churches of Indonesia, where there is a strong emphasis upon the need for unity alongside the nation’s ethnic and religious diversity. The theme is based on Deuteronomy 16:18-20, ‘Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue…’
Order or download resources at: www.ctbi.org.uk/weekofprayer
Paper copies available from Catherine Howe County Ecumenical Officeror through any of the Denominational Ecumenical Officers of NWCT (see next listing). firstname.lastname@example.org
Diss and Roydon Churches Together will be holding a United Service on Sunday January 20 at 3pm at the United Reformed Church, Mere St, Diss IP22 4AD to which everyone is welcome.
The Ecumenical Chain of Prayer for Greater Norwich will be in St Luke’s Chapel in Norwich Cathedral on Thursday 24 January from 10am to 4pm; all welcome.
With 47 member churches and 2,600 local groups Churches Together in England 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.”
Visit their website for a plethora of resources. www.cte.org.uk or call them on 020 7529 8131.
“Many Churches, One Purpose: Serving the churches of Britain and Ireland on the shared journey towards full visible unity in Christ.”
See their website for a wide variety of resources. www.ctbi.org.uk or call on 020 3794 2288.
NWCT is an intermediate body of Churches Together in England covering the whole of Norfolk and those parts of the Waveney area around Lowestoft.
There is a useful directory of Local Ecumenical Projects, local Churches Together groups and news of other ecumenical activities and resources at: www.nwct.org.uk
A worldwide ecumenical movement of “informed prayer and prayerful action” usually held in early March each year.
Women of Slovenia have prepared this year’s service and they encourage us to reflect on the barriers they have faced since the end of the Second World and share the challenges they have met and the hopes they have for the future. Visit www.wwdp.org.uk or call on 01892 541411.
is a portal website set up to help improve communications and connections within the Christian community in and around Norwich and Norfolk. It offers individuals, churches, and Christian projects or organisations various services to help their ministry. It is a great place to find news and stories of Christian ministry across denominations. Visit www.networknorwich.co.uk
Good work is our local Norfolk & Waveney Industrial Mission: “seeking God’s love and justice in the economy and world of work”. It’s the umbrella organisation for chaplaincy in our area.
Their website carries latest news and links: www.good-work.org.uk
Embracing the Other is a resource for Receptive Ecumenism produced by a team served by Churches Together in England and is free for anyone to use.
It is intended for groups of people, perhaps from different church traditions. It can be run as a stand-alone or five-session course. Visit www.cte.org.uk or call 020 7529 8131.
Once again the Norfolk Broads Village of Acle demonstrated its enthusiastic commitment to ecumenism with a joint churches Easter sunrise service.
A clear demonstration of unity in diversity was shown recently in a recurring event of churches coming together across denominations in one Norfolk village.
Anna Walker writes about the impact of ecumenical youth ministry and some of its expressions in Norfolk.
In a packed united service at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church on Sunday January 20 representatives from all nine members of North Walsham Churches Together met for worship in a special covenant service where they all signed the ecumenical covenant of unity and mutual support.
An ecumenical Chain of Prayer involving 40 churches from eight different denominations took place over six hours at Norwich Cathedral on Thursday 24 January during Christian Unity Week.
Christian leaders across the UK have today issued a joint letter encouraging Christians of all denominations to join in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which runs from 18 - 25 January.
Peter Doll and Alaric Lewis explain the purpose of the Anglican Centre in Rome, a place of worship, hospitality and learning.
A selection of books on the theme of unity and ecumenism, reviewed by Steve Foyster.
This regular feature in The Magazine normally focuses on a benefice in the Diocese of Norwich but in the spirit of ecumenism - the theme of the Jan/Feb 2019 issue - it's Dereham Baptist Church.
On the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham last September, the Priest Administrator of the Anglican Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham, Fr Kevin Smith, and the Rector of the Roman Catholic National Shrine, Mgr John Armitage, signed an Ecumenical Covenant during Sung Vespers in the Anglican Shrine Church. Fr Kevin tells us more.
Norwich Deaf Church is a joint initiative between Methodist Minister the Revd Anne Richardson and Anglican Priest the Revd Dominic Hubbock to enable and encourage the Christian Deaf Community to meet, worship and spend time together. Tim Rogers met with them to find out how they are working together in reaching out to Deaf people.
Biddy Collyer makes a tour of the Diocese of Norwich, seeking out examples of ecumenism in action.
One of the prayers the Very Revd Jane Hedges, Dean of Norwich finds herself using in the intercessions offered at Evensong in the Cathedral when praying for Christian Unity is this:
Anna Heydon works as a Development Worker for Imagine Norfolk Together, a joint venture between the Diocese of Norwich and the Church Urban Fund. Here she shares her experience of churches working together across denominations in and with the local community of Great Yarmouth.