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THE BASIS OF
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN ENGLAND
Churches together in England unites in Pilgrimage those churches in England which, acknowledging God’s revelation in Christ, confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures, and, in obedience to God’s will and in the power of the Holy Spirit commit themselves
· to seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another in the church, which is his body
· to fulfil their mission to proclaim the Gospel by common witness and service in the world, to the Glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Aims and Functions
The aims and functions of churches Together in England have been developed and adapted from those in the Swanwick Report and are as follows:-
To be a visible sign of the churches’ commitment to one another, in obedience to our Lord’s prayer ‘that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you; may they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me,’ (John 17.21)
To promote the theological reflection necessary to support the ecumenical movement and to enable continuing discussion of Faith and Order issues, especially of the nature and purpose and unity of the Church in the light of its mission.
To encourage shared worship and prayer, learning, service and evangelism, with each church sharing with others the treasures of its tradition.
To enable the churches to develop growing and changing relationships, as pilgrims, together, in the living and sharing of the gospel and to facilitate further steps towards fuller unity in England, including consideration of theological and practical questions, especially those arising from local ecumenical projects.
To enable the churches, as they grow together in unity, to seek a common mind and to share decision-making in common.
To enable the churches to respond to the needs of society at all levels, to explore church and society issues within the English context and, when appropriate, to make approaches to secular authorities independently or with others.
To promote, co-ordinate, support and service intermediate bodies in England, assisting them in their care for local ecumenical activity and representing their concerns at the national level.
To seek to ensure that all departments, divisions and boards of churches at national and intermediate levels work together as closely as possible so that their work may be co-ordinated.
To promote the appointment and support of full or part-time ecumenical officers, or their equivalents, at the intermediate level throughout England.
To encourage the reviews of ecclesiastical boundaries in England so that they may be aligned as closely as possible with each other and with the civil boundaries in order to promote the shared mission of the churches.
Churches Together in Cornwall
is one of about 50 Intermediate bodies
in counties and cities throughout England.