The Commission for Dialogue and Unity advises Bishop Declan on all matters relating to Church Unity and Interfaith. It also promotes and encourages Parishes to develop local with other Christian Churches.
The Commission includes members active in local ecumenism throughout the Diocese who can offer advice and help to Priests and Parishes.
If you would like to contact the Commission, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ecumenical Officer: Rev Michael Robertson
St Thomas of Canterbury’s Presbytery, Horcott Road, Fairford, Gloucestershire, GL7 4BX
Tel 01285 712586
Chair of the Commission for Dialogue and Unity: Miss Anne Doyle
16 Sherwood Avenue, Melksham SN12 7HJ
Tel 01225 707486
Guidelines for Catholics on Local Ecumenism
The Committee for Christian Unity of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has produced guidelines for Catholics on local ecumenical involvement in;
- Local Ecumenical Partnerships
- Churches Together Groups – ‘Together in Christ’
- Ecumenical Welcome
- Response to Ecumenical Welcome
More information on unity with other Christians and dialogue with other Faiths can be found on the Bishops’ Conference website www.catholic-ew.org.uk
Churches Together in England has been established to enable the Churches in England to deepen their communion with Christ and with one another and proclaim the Gospel together by common witness and service. Further information can be found here.
National Ecumenical Meetings
Canon John O`Toole, National Ecumenical Officer for the Bishops` Conference of England and Wales met the Diocesan Commission on 21st October 2015. The outcome of that meeting and other related meetings are summarised in the reports below:
- Notes of Diocesan Ecumenical Commission meeting with Bishops’ Conference National Ecumenical Officer October 2015
- Catholic Lutheran Dialogue Imperatives
- Paper by Dr David Carter on Current Ecumenical Initiatives
- Notes of national meeting of Diocesan Ecumenical Representatives October 2016
Catholic Methodist Dialogue
A paper by Dr. David Carter, Bristol Methodist District, on the latest Dialogue is available here. The Dialogue between the two Churches is on-going and papers on progress are produced every five years.
Christians Meeting Together in Bristol: Upper Reaches Gatherings in Temple Quay
Christians working in or near Temple Quay are invited to meet fortnightly on Wednesday mornings at the Light House, Temple Quay to take a brief respite from work to share, study, listen to God and pray. For further information and dates of meetings please contact: email@example.com. www.upperreaches.org.uk
Reformation 500 Commemorative Lecture Bath 25th October 2017
A Special Event to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Start of the Reformation. “Continuing Reformation – Relevance
for Today”. Professor Anthony Reddie will lecture on “Martin Luther to Martin Luther King” on Wednesday 25th October 2017 7pm – 9pm
Kingswood School. Landsdown Road, Landsdown, Bath BA1 5RG.
Admission is free but requires you to book a ticket in advance from Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ongoing-reformationrelevance-for-todaytickets-37751636160