The Christian Unity Commission for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark has been in existence for over forty years. Our main task is to encourage Catholics within the Archdiocese to work and pray for Christian unity.
May they all be one.
Father, may they be one in us, as you are in me and I am in you,
so that the world may believe
it was you who sent me.
Churches Together in South London: Statement on Covid-19 Vaccine
In a statement that marked the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, church leaders who make up the ecumenical partnership of Churches Together in South London issued the following joint statement:
We know that some people have concerns and fears about the Covid-19 vaccination, and we do not underestimate these. Current reliable scientific advice is that the vaccine offers the best way to control the pandemic and help to save lives. Each of our Christian traditions allows for the vaccine to be received for these purposes. It is believed that the vaccine will reduce the impact of Covid-19 and lessen the pressure on the NHS. This is our prayer as we trust in God and commend the vaccine.
For information about the vaccine and when you may be offered it, please see:
Lent Study 2021: The Poet’s Gospel
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland have partnered with John Alan David to produce The Poet’s Gospel, a Lent programme for these unorthodox and strange times. This programme is rooted in fulfilling an elderly gentleman’s dream, which was the outcome of a deep engagement he had with God in Christ.
There are sound files available, along with a hardcopy book and an e-book in order to participate with this Lenten and healing pilgrimage. CTBI have also produced a Poet’s Gospel introduction for chosen sections which will be of help either for personal study or for small group interaction. Please visit https://ctbi.org.uk/lent-study-2021/ to find out more and to view the resources.
Ecumenical Vademecum Online
The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome has released a new guidebook, known as a “vademecum”, offering practical recommendations for bishops on how to promote unity between Christians.
The document encourages the establishment of diocesan Christian Unity Commissions (we’ve had one in Southwark for over forty years!), and we shall be considering how it should inform our own future work.
To view the document please visit 2020 12 04 Vademecum online (christianunity.va)