Unity Post

Here we will publish newsletters sent to Churches Together and other blogs and correspondence. If you are a Churches Together & haven’t received a newsletter like this please send us details of yourselves and a contact e-mail


To Churches Together...AUGUST 2017 

Dear Friends

Dear Friends in Christ

Greetings from West Yorkshire Churches Together
Thought we should have a more autumnal gold this time.
“Let me knows”- again…If you are receiving this and don’t know why- please let me know. If you are receiving this and someone else is the contact person- please let me know. We can add extra names if other people want to receive this themselves- no problem.
Importantly, if you have received this twice- which may mean that addresses have short-circuited and someone may have missed- please let me know.
We have not tracked down e-mail details for all West Yorkshire CT”s, but the quest goes on.
Sorry if one or two of these announcements are at fairly short notice: to overcome this, in future we will hope to mail at the beginning of each month, so please send any items for inclusion- events, news and so on, by the end of the previous month.
In Christ
Nick Shields, Administrator WYCT
WEST YORKSHIRE CHURCHES TOGETHER is the  county ecumenical body for West Yorkshire-  the county and those parts which are covered by West Yorkshire Dioceses and Districts. 
What goes on? 
We would be very pleased to receive your news- and photos- to include here.
Some events which may be of interest to your group: please feel free to copy or forward
This month we should mark the death of Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, retired Archbishop of Westminster, who worked in the cause of Christian Unity in this copuntry for many years, being at one time joint chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, seeking paths to unity. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

REFORMATION 500 Saturday 21st October 2017  Lutherans up-north, Reformation Celebration in Headingley at St Columba’s URC church Leeds- 2pm Preacher Bishop Emeritus Walter Jagucki. see also http://www.reformation500.uk

SPACE (Spen and Calder Enterprise)  Five linked local URC Churches- are holding a joint service to commemorate  the 100th anniversary of the ordination of Constance Coltman, one of the first women to be ordained.
This will be at Longcauseway Church Dewsbury on Sunday Sept 17th at 10.30am. 

SEEDS OF SILENCE Two free Exploring Silence workshops at Bradford Cathedral, on Sat 16th and Wednesday 27th September, both at 3pm-5.15pm.  

The Exploring Silence workshops are aimed at those with either no experience of the traditional Christian spiritual discipline of silence-based prayer, or those with a little experience who would like to explore this further.  Places are limited to 16 per workshop, so booking is essential via the seedsofsilence.org.uk website.  
Pursuit of Silence, a film at Bradford Cathedral also on Wed 27th September, at 7pm- an Artspace event at Bradford Cathedral. Tickets £5 in advance 
The film will be followed by a performance of the iconic, noteless composition, 4’33”, by John Cage, and a panel discussion with Dr Helen Lees, Dr Rachel Muers (the Quaker WYCT Representative) and Dr Alison Woolley.


CHURCHES TOGETHER IN PONTEFRACT:  Bible Sunday,  at the Quaker meeting house, Liquorice Way, Pontefract, 29th October,, at 3pm. All welcomee.
“THAT ALL MAY BE FREE” The material for this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018 has been produced in the Caribbean, which is noteworthy at this particular time.
The themes of the daily material raise some of the contemporary issues addressed by the churches of the Caribbean. Abuses of human rights are found across the region and we are challenged to consider our manner of welcoming of the stranger into our midst. Human trafficking and modern-day slavery continue to be huge issues. Addiction to pornography and drugs, continue to be serious challenges to all societies. The debt crisis has a negative impact upon the nations and upon individuals – the economies of the nations and people have become precarious. Family life continues to be challenged by the economic restrictions which lead to migration, domestic abuse and violence.
The Caribbean Churches work together to heal the wounds in the body of Christ. Reconciliation demands repentance, reparation and the healing of memories. The whole Church is called to be both a sign and an active agent of this reconciliation.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January .  However, some  observe it from Sunday-Sunday or perhaps at Pentecost or some other time.
If you do not currently mark this important week, have you considered holding a United Service- perhaps on the central Sunday with just this one evening service in your area? The resource material (also available for download) also includes a short daily service- perhaps with a light or shared lunch.
On 1st September the two neighbouring Methodist Districts of Leeds and West Yorkshire merged. Much more on this link  The Chair of the new district is Revd Dr Roger Walton 
Latest Newsletter attached


The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) Yorkshire brings a Christian voice and vision to public issues that affect the people of Yorkshire -environment, social justice, politics
It is the northern offshoot of national JPIT and is sponsored by the regional bodies of the Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed churches. You can find more on
The long established Leeds Catholic Justice and Peace Group has a regular newsletter on these issues which can be viewed here 
is a website and e-mail subscription which carries latest news, events, jobs and volunteering opportunities from across the Christian communities of Leeds https://networkleeds.com/news

School and 6th-form college groups with students in Years 10-13 are especially invited to spend a week in Taize in June and July, at Easter or during half-terms. There is a lot of information here: http://www.taize.fr/en_rubrique2020.html 
Young volunteers from Taize will be visiting schools in the UK in November to provide more details- see this webpage..
THE MIRFIELD CENTRE AUTUMN PROGRAMME includes information about a book signing with Bishop Stephen Platten



“Centro is the newsletter of the Anglican Centre in Rome. It is filled with articles about our activities and plans for the future – as well as reflections on the current ecumenical environment in Rome from our friends and contacts in the city” To arrange for an electronic copy click here




Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds Trust
Part-time administrator  

This is an administrative role in support of the ecumenical chaplaincy serving the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and the University of Law.
You will have experience of working in an administrative role, excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be sympathetic to the work of the chaplaincy.
Salary: £18412 -£21220 p.a. pro rata
Working Time: 17.5 hours per week (Tuesday mornings (negotiable) and Thursday and Fridays)
Post Type: Part Time (0.5 FTE)
Further information is available on the Chaplaincy website www.unichaplaincy.org.uk
Applications forms should be sent electronically to the Chaplaincy Service Manager at chaplaincy@leeds.ac.uk
Closing Date: Midday 20th September




Need help or guidance?  The Administrator can help you over structural and constitutional matters- merging, creating or closing a Churches Together- together with the WYCT Denominational Ecumenical Officers: they can help especially with matters regarding LEPs*- if you are one: see the list of DEO’s on our website…. or contact the Administrator as below.

*Local Ecumenical Projects

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