Thursday, 4 November 2010

New CTE President Appointed

CTE Presidents in 2009: Archbishop Vincent Nicholls,
Archbishop Rowan Williams,
Bishop Nathan Hovhanissian (now retired)
and Commissioner Betty Matear 
A new President has been appointed to Churches Together in England.  First, adapted from the CTE website:

There are four Presidents of Churches Together in England:
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury
  • The Archbishop of Westminster
  • The Free Churches Moderator
  • The Fourth President nominated by the other churches in England – including Orthodox, Black Majority, Lutheran and the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
The current Presidents are: Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop Rowan Williams and Commissioner Elizabeth Matear. The position for the fourth President is currently vacant.

The Presidents meet regularly to discuss matters of concern to the Churches in England. Their meetings are facilitated by the General Secretary of CTE.  In June 2002 the then Presidents signed a Personal Covenant in the presence of HM The Queen, at Windsor. This has subsequently been signed by new Presidents.

The Free Churches Moderator is elected by the Free Churches Group and represents all its members, including the Methodist Church.  This is from a news item on the FCG website.

At its Annual General Meeting held on 28th September the Free Churches Group elected its Moderator for the period 2011 - 2015.

He is Revd Michael Heaney, who serves as the General Secretary of the Congregational Federation.

A service of Induction is to be held in the Spring of 2011. Michael will succeed Commissioner Betty Matear in the role of Moderator, serving also as a President of Churches Together in England, alongside Archbishops Rowan Williams and Vincent Nichols.
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