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CUC Event on ‘The Bishop and Christian Unity: An Ecumenical Vademecum’

Tuesday 19th October, 6pm

The Commission is planning a further free Zoom event that is open to all on Tuesday 19th October, probably at 6pm. It will be about the recent important publication by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, ‘The Bishop and Christian Unity: An Ecumenical Vademecum’ (you can view the publication here: 2020 12 04 Vademecum online).

The document is published with the blessing of Pope Francis, and offers useful recommendations for promoting the involvement of dioceses in the ecumenical movement under the guidance of their pastors and inspired by the Catholic principles of ecumenism.

Fr Jan Nowotnik, Director of Mission and National Ecumenical Officer at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has kindly agreed to introduce the document to us and to lead our discussion. Further details, including booking arrangements, will be provided as soon as possible. Meanwhile, please make a note in your diaries!

Prayer Vigil for the success of COP 26

Saturday 23rd October, 2pm – 3.45pm

South Bank Churches and the Anglican Diocese of Southwark invite people of all faiths to a prayer vigil for the success of COP26, the international conference on climate change, at Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge.  

Book your place: Prayer Vigil for COP26 Climate Conference Tickets, Sat 23 Oct 2021 at 14:00 | Eventbrite

You are encouraged to make a pilgrimage on foot, by bike, on public transport, or however you wish, from your place of worship.  Arrive at the Cathedral between 2pm and 3pm.

Bring a ‘Letter for Creation’ to give to faith leaders involved in COP26: Letters for creation – Christian Aid

CUC Discussion on The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

Ten years on from the establishment of the Ordinariate, how should this project for the quest for Christian unity now be seen? The CUC held an online event on 14th April where there was a discussion on this and other aspects of the Ordinariate between Bishop Paul Hendricks, Assistant Bishop in the Archdiocese of Southwark, and Fr Christopher Pearson OLW.

The event was recorded and can be watched below.

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:

https://selondonccg.nhs.uk/what-we-do/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine.