Bodies in Association

Photos from 2015 Forum. Artwork by Joan Burgess.

Christians committed together

A wide range of organisations and networks draws Christians of all churches together around common causes, projects and interests. These are the Bodies in Association with Churches Together in England (CTE) and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), schools of ecumenical living and working. They are listed below.
 
They do not form part of the churches’ official structures but, as voluntary associations of Christ’s people or movements within the Church, their participation in the churches’ ecumenism and mission before the world is recognised and valued. They build relationships, increase ecumenical literacy and, with their rich range of resources, action, partnerships and focus, they serve the Church’s ever greater unity. With a perspective from outside the governance of the churches to which their members belong, and often from a point of direct engagement with the changing conditions and needs of wider society, their insight also offers a refreshing addition to the churches’ united working, creating new space for the Church’s voice to be heard in the public sphere.

A key element within Churches Together in England

The Bodies meet twice a year and are part of the governance structure of CTE in two ways. The meeting elects two representatives to the Enabling Group which gathers twice a year and is the members’ meeting to which the Board of Directors is responsible.

CTE’s triennial Forum also presents an opportunity for Bodies to present their work to the wider Church.

Working in all aspects of church life

Bodies in Association are active in many of the same fields as CTE and CTBI. With members and projects across the country, they can work with all types of ecumenical groups including County bodies and local Churches Together groups:

  • Church Life, Mission and Christian Apologetics

  • Public Affairs

  • Justice and Peace

  • Environment and Sustainable Development

  • Children and Schools

  • Students and Young People

  • Christian Discipleship and Formation

  • Health, Social and Pastoral Care

  • Community Building

  • Prayer and Spirituality

  • Dialogue and Ecumenical Learning

  • International Concerns and Development

Feb 2013 leaflet about CTE Bodies in Association

More information and the application procedure for ecumenical groups, networks and agencies who wish to become a CTE Body in Association  

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