Image via WikipediaHere are some of the things the recent meeting of Churches Together in England's Enabling Group recorded in its minutes. I've already posted about the General Secretary's presentation, The Ecumenical Landscape and the Rights to Warmth Campaign. As always, I can provide more information upon request.
- The Free Church of England is to become a member of CTE. It has been a member of the Free Churches Group for some time.
- Urban Mission will be considered a Co-ordinating Group of CTE for urban mission. I hope to post about this group in the not too distant future.
- There was a progress report on planning for the next CTE Forum, which will take place at Swanwick, 23-25 October 2012. The programme will be based around I Cor 12 -14, which will allow a range of themes to emerge as the needs of the times became clearer – the Spirit and the body of Christ, diversity and belonging together, the gifts of the Spirit etc. A connection with receptive ecumenism will be established through group work.
- A far-reaching change has occurred within the Orthodox family of churches. The Orthodox Patriarchs, meeting at Chambourcy last year, addressed the question of parallel jurisdictions in diaspora lands, and stated Orthodox bishops in each country should form a united assembly under the senior bishop of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. This applies to all the Eastern Orthodox. It will eventually encompass the Oriental Orthodox as well.
- There is a new development in United Reformed Church ecclesiology. The Moderatorship of their Assembly, which had previously been vested in one person, is now expressed through the Co-Moderatorship of a minister and a lay-person, who are equals in their Moderatorship.