Ecumenical Relations

It has often been said of the URC that we came into existence in order to die. We are almost unique in that but it reflected the belief, back in 1972, that we were on the way to a union that would lead to the unity of the whole church. The journey has taken other paths so that today we speak of 'churches together'. So the URC is still here and no less committed to the belief that God wills the unity of the Church but that the timsecale and shape of that unity is yet to be perceived.

At international, national and local level the URC plays its full part in encouraging contact and understanding between the great variety of Christian traditions which exist and represent the diversity of the Body of Christ.

Many of our congregations are involved in some 400 Local Ecumenical Partnerships (LEPs) and the URC plays a significant role in the Ecumenical Instruments of England (CTE), Wales (CYTUN) and Scotland (ACTS). We are also a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) the umbrella ecumenical organisation for the UK and the Republic of Ireland. On the international level, as well as the World Council of Churches (WCC), the URC is also a member of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and within Europe, the Commission of European Churches (CEC) and the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE).

 

Staff

The Secretary for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations is the Revd David Tatem. He also acts as the URC's National Ecumenical officer for England and works together with Revd Mitchell Bunting, the National Ecumenical Officer for Scotland and the Revd Sally Thomas, the National Ecumenical Officer for Wales.  The Secretary is part of the URC Mission Team and is also currently responsible for inter-church links within Europe and responsibility too, for Inter-faith Relations. He is supported by an administrative secretary for both Ecumenical and World Church Relations.