The Christian Unity Commission bases its work on Our Lord’s prayer in John 17.20-21, where he asks 'that they may be one. Father, may they be one in us, as you are in me and I am in you, so that the world may believe it was you who sent me.’
We therefore seek to encourage Catholics within the Archdiocese to follow Our Lord by working and praying for the unity of all Christians, so that we can work together in mission and evangelisation. We seek to build relationships of friendship and cooperation with all Christians within our area. We hope that we can all learn from each other what is beautiful and good in our different traditions. The following points cover what we aim to do:
- Organise events about Christian unity for anyone who is interested - either online or in person, taking place within the area covered by the diocese.
- Encourage work for Christian unity by communicating with those with an interest in it,
- Arrange visits to other Christian denominations to encourage friendship and joint prayer.
- Try to get the need to work for Christian unity more prominently recognised across the diocese.
- Build contacts with those involved in working for Christian unity in other Christian denominations.
Click here to see the Commission’s constitution.
The members of the Commission are:
Rt Rev Paul Hendricks (President)
Gwen Chiosso (Secretary)
Deacon Jolyon Vickers
Deacon Duncan Aitkins
Sr Beatrice Garnett
Theresa Fox (Treasurer)
Juliet Chiosso (Assistant Secretary)
We arrange regular events at which speakers, either Catholics or from other Christian traditions, are invited to lead discussions about church unity issues. Catholics from the parishes and anyone else who is interested are encouraged to attend.
We also arrange visits to other denominations’ churches or other places of ecumenical significance. This gives us the opportunity to learn more about the different Christian traditions and to pray together for unity.
We have a communications network that some of you will already be on. If you would like to be added (or removed) please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is to inform you at regular intervals of items that may be of interest to you.