European partners

As a Church of the Reformation which began in continental Europe, the URC has many links with pan-European churches and ecumenical bodies. It is a member of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) which includes Anglican, Lutheran, Orthodox and Reformed Churches. It is also a member of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE). The URC is the only church with a presence in England to be a member of the World Council of Reformed Churches.

In the wake of the EU referendum, the 2016 URC General Assembly passed a resolution celebrating our Reformed European heritage and identity, and promising to uphold our ongoing ecumenical relationships with partner European churches. If your church is actively involved in a link with a continental church please let ecumenical and inter faith relations at Church House have the details, by contacting Carole Sired. We would like to support and encourage you in this important ecumenical work.

Germany

For over 60 years the URC has had a Covenant of Pulpit and Table Fellowship with the Protestant Churches in the Palatinate region of Germany, the ‘Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz’. Around twenty local URC’s are twinned with partner German churches from the region. Regular exchanges and youth visits take place each year. There is a bi-annual theological consultation - the last one was in September 2018 and considered how the British and German churches can speak into an increasingly divided Europe. For Remembrance 2018, a unique British-German commemoration booklet was published entitled: One hundred years after the First World War: Looking back, looking forward, and the German and British churches share Advent and Lent resources. The 2018 Advent Litergy can be found here. In November 2019, a group from the URC will pay a visit to the Palatinate to celebrate 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
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Italy

The Waldensian Church in Italy has long had a relationship with the URC through the URC-Waldensian Fellowship.