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

Greetings from West Yorkshire Churches Together
This is our second mailing to Churches Together Groups in West Yorkshire.

YOU CAN NOW FIND US ON TWITTER… search for @westyorkshirect then click on the blue follow button

WEST YORKSHIRE CHURCHES TOGETHER is the new 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

Tuesday 25th July 2017 Churches Together in Wakefield AGM:Reformation 500: Short Business Meeting, then the speaker is Canon John O’Toole National Ecumenical Officer and Secretary to the Department for Dialogue and Unity at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
Saturday 21st November 2017 Lutherans up-north, Reformation Celebration in Headingley at St Columba’s URC church Leeds.1pm Preacher Bishop Emeritus Walter Jagucki
see also http://www.reformation500.uk

A new film in the cinema from June 23rd, about Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, a Body in Association of CTE.

The film is a story about our search for love and true friendship. It is a moving portrait of life at a community where God’s love for the vulnerable is lived out. And in a remarkable reversal of conventional wisdom it shows that the answers we crave can be found among some of our most marginalised people.

Like countless others Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick were labelled ‘idiots’, locked away and forgotten in violent asylums, until the 1960s, when the young philosopher Jean Vanier took a stand and secured their release – the first time in history that anyone had beaten the system. Together they created L’Arche, a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris and a quiet revolution was born. Now in his 80s, still at L’Arche and revered by some as a living saint, Jean has discovered something that most of us have forgotten – what it is to be human, to be foolish, and to be happy.

Damaris Media has produced a Companion Booklet to accompany the film, which explores the themes, issues and characters seen in it. This will be available as a free download from the film’s website at http://www.summerintheforest.com

Watch the trailer for the film Summer in the Forest: https://youtu.be/wLf1rx2RPrE

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

A former Vice-President of the Methodist Conference (2002-2003) and Emeritus Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Leeds, Professor Peter Howdle, has been awarded the Lambeth Cross for Ecumenism by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby (pictured).
Professor Howdle received the award for “his outstanding contribution to Anglican-Methodist relations” following his dedication to the cause over the past 15 years.

The Church of England and the Methodist Church in Britain are to consider proposals that would bring them into a new relationship of full communion, after a period of some 200 years of formal separation.
The proposals are presented in Mission and Ministry in Covenant, a joint report from the two churches’ faith and order bodies. It sets out how the Methodist Church could come to have bishops in the historic episcopate, and how ministers from one church could become eligible to serve in the other.
As the Methodist Church in Britain reports:
The report sets out proposals which, if accepted, will enable a new depth of communion between the two Churches and would make presbyters from each Church eligible to serve in the other. Together these developments will enhance the Churches’ common mission to the glory of God.
The proposals would also see the Methodist Church recognise the office of a President-Bishop as expressing the Conference’s ministry of oversight in a personal form. The report builds on the theological convergence established by ‘An Anglican-Methodist Covenant’, signed in 2003, and the subsequent work of the Covenant’s Joint Implementation Commission. In 2014 the General Synod of the Church of England and the Methodist Conference mandated the faith and order bodies to bring forward proposals that would enable the interchangeability of ministries in the two churches.
The report sets out a way by which the Methodist Church would become one of the churches with which the Church of England is officially in communion, alongside other members of the Anglican Communion and Lutheran churches in the Porvoo Communion.

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
The Archbishop of York has a group of 200 in Taize now but much smaller groups are welcome! Young volunteers from Taize will be visiting schools in the UK in November to provide more details- see this webpage..

In September the two neighbouring Methodist Districts of Leeds and West Yorkshire will merge. Inauguration and Celebration Service for the Yorkshire West Methodist District: 9th September in Huddersfield

The Revd Dr Callan Slipper has been appointed as the new National Ecumenical Officer for the Church of England, following the retirement of the Revd Dr Roger Paul earlier this year.

Allerton Congregational Church Allerton Road, Bradford
is seeking to appoint a new part-time Pastor
to take forward/oversee the spiritual and pastoral life of the church
We are looking for an accredited preacher who is an outgoing, proactive, creative Christian with experience of leadership in church settings.
Terms and hours to be agreed
To express interest in first instance, please email david.muschamp47@btinternet.com
Website: http://www.allertoncongregationalchurch.org.uk
SCM currently has two vacancies for our staff team in Birmingham:

STUDENT CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT is seeking to employ a Fundraising Officer to start as soon as possible based in Birmingham, and is part time (28 hours per week) with a salary of £22-24,000 depending on experience. The role involves developing our fundraising strategy to expand regular giving from individuals and churches, and to encourage legacy donations Experience of fundraising is essential.
…..and also have a vacancy for an SCM Connect Project Worker to start in September, based in Birmingham. The post is part time (28 hour per week) with the possibility of becoming full time (funding dependent), with a salary of £20-22,000 depending on experience. The role involves developing our outreach to 16-18 year olds and growing our network of Link Churches, chaplaincies and student contacts.
The closing date for applications for both posts is 5pm on Wednesday 2nd August. Interviews will take place the week beginning 7th August. Further information, including details of how to apply, can be found at http://www.movement.org.uk/jobs

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 ProjectsDo have a good summer….

Nick Shields Administrator


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