New General Secretary for CTE
Churches Together in England (CTE) has made a new appointment:
The Revd Dr Paul Goodliff has been appointed General Secretary.
He will take up his appointment in September following the retirement of Revd Dr David Cornick, who says, ‘It is very good news indeed that the leadership of CTE will be in such capable hands as the churches of England build on their excellent relationships and reflect on ways in which they can collaborate in mission together.’
Paul is presently co-minister of Abingdon Baptist Church, having served previously as General Superintendent of the Baptist Union’s Central Area, and then as the Baptist Union’s Head of Ministry. He is well known as a lecturer and is the author of books on pastoral care, the theology and psychology of shame, and most recently, a study of ministerial formation and virtue ethics, Shaped for Service (2017). Widely experienced ecumenically, Paul has been a member of the WCC-Pentecostal Joint Consultative Group since 2000.
Theos Report on CTE
CTE’s Board took the decision last year to fund research by the thinktank Theos into the current state of ecumenism in England. They hope that the report will be widely read and discussed, and that it will help our member churches to consider how they wish to work together in mission over the next five to ten years.
This identified CTE’s strengths as including:
• CTE plays a vital role in developing and brokering relationships between Churches, particularly at the national level and provides a space for open conversations
• With 44 member Churches, CTE reflects the diversity of Christianity in England
• CTE has the potential to amplify the voice of smaller Churches who wish to speak on issues which concern them.
It also pointed to weaknesses:
• Lack of clear vision and purpose: what is CTE for? What is the relationship/duplication/difference between CTE and CTBI?
• Lack of visibility and public profile
Difficulties around ‘speaking with one voice’: on what issues?
How can CTE best ‘get the word out’?
Holiness and Unity
In his recent Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” Pope Francis mentions holy people who have set us all an example: who show “an exemplary imitation of Christ, one worthy of the admiration of the faithful. We can think, for example, of Blessed Maria Gabriella Sagheddu (pictured here), who offered her life for the unity of Christians.”
Blessed Maria Gabriella has a local, ecumenical connection with the Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield. She was a Trappist Nun in Vitorchiano in Italy and died of TB at the age of 25 in 1939, having offered her life in the cause of Christian Unity. She was beatified (given the title “Blessed”) in 1983. Members of the Mirfield Community have visited Vitorchiano and maintain contact. Fr Geoffrey Curtis CR visited as long ago as 1950, accompanied by the legendary Ecumenist, Abbe Couturier.
St Robert of Knaresborough and the Making of a Saint
16th June 2018 10am – 3.00pm at St John’s, Knaresborough
1218 is the 800th anniversary of the death of St Robert of Knaresborough, aka Robert Flower, son of a C12th mayor of York. The Ripon Support Group of the Anglican Centre in Rome has arranged a day in Knaresborough “to examine the shared heritage of the saints and what it means to be a truly whole human being”. Local historian Peter Lacey will speak about “The Life and Times of St Robert; and the theme of “A Great Cloud of Witnesses: Theologies of Sanctity; Theologies of Healing” will be addressed by Dr Ruth Beckett, a writer, teacher, historian theologian, tutor at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of York.
This is a chance to learn more about the Anglican Centre in Rome as well as to look at how saints are part of the common history of the Churches.
The day, with teas/coffees, will cost £15. More details – click here
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