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).

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As a Church of the Reformation which began in continental Europe, the URC has long had many links with churches and Ecumenical bodies which embrace the whole of Europe. 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).

Read more: URC European Ecumenical Partnerships

The ecumenical scene is different within the three nations and our working relationships therefore differ.

In England our most common partnerships are with the Baptists, the Church of England, and the Methodist Church through some 400 Local Ecumenical Partnerships (LEPs). There are a number of these in which the URC is involved, along with other traditions, with the Roman Catholic Church. There has also been a long relationship reflected in a small number of united congregations, with the Moravian Church. The URC is a member of Churches Together in England (CTE).

Read more: Our Ecumenical Partnerships