Ecumenical Events and updates from Churches Together in England
Free CTE webinar on the 18th April 2023 at 11am from CTE’s Group for Evangelisation on the theme of ‘The Church as an Evangelising Community.’ Chaired by Trey Hall the Director of Evangelism and Growth at the Methodist Church in the UK we bring an range of speakers to share on the theme of the church as evangelising community. These include Dr Alison Kolosova lives in Russia and is an Orthodox Christian working at the University of Tartu in Estonia, Revd Mawethu Ncaca is a South African Episcopalian Priest ministering in North Carolina, Revd Dr Jeff Conklin-Miller is Vice Principal for Mission, Learning Lead and Tutor in Evangelism and Missiology at Cliff College and Dr Jay Mātenga, Director of the Global Witness Department for the World Evangelical Alliance. Find out more and book here .
Free CTE webinar on May 24th at 6.45pm – Friendships: The heart of Ecumenical Witness. In this CTE-hosted webinar, Dr Clare Watkins and Dr James Butler share the findings of their research project about how Catholics and Methodists engaged together in social action. They will discuss themes such as the importance of friendship, the ways denomination and tradition influence and shape social action in practice and the light that these findings shed on the kinds of everyday ecumenism of which social action is an example. While the project builds on specific friendships and work between Methodist and Catholics, the webinar and the report from the research speaks to a wider ecumenical landscape with implications for the ways a wide variety of traditions and denominations can work together in social action. The webinar will present themes and insights from the research before opening up into wider conversations about ecumenism, social action, tradition and friendship. Book a place at the webinar on 24 May here.
The videos of last months Story Telling Webinars are now available to view here. I know several you wanted to join the webinars but were unable to due to competing demands on your time, now you can catch up.
Thy Kingdom Come 2023 – This year Thy Kingdom Come are giving away ¼ million free resources including print copies of the Novena and Prayer Journal. They are prioritising churches / dioceses with high levels of income deprivation for free resources. More information about this available at the Thy Kingdom Come website and also here. Please do also let us know if you have any ecumenical plans for Thy Kingdom Come in your area as we would like to share stories of Christians and churches coming together in prayer.
CTE Forum Feedback – We need your voice as part of the feedback into the next CTE Forum planning process. Many of you have attended the CTE Forum previously and we are currently in the listening part of our planning process as a team. What is it that you would like to see at Forum? What are your hopes for this unique space and time together? For those that have not attended the CTE Forum before please do look at the CTE web pages here to see what the CTE Forum is and gain an idea of what has happened previously. Do contribute your thoughts too. Please do also discuss this in your regional groups and let me know your thoughts so I can feed them into the next planning meeting in May.
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