There are six Presidents of Churches Together in England, who each sign a Covenant which describes their commitment to each other and to the churches in England.
In June 2002, the then Presidents signed their Covenant in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen at Windsor.
‘Make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.’
A PERSONAL COVENANT
between the Presidents of Churches Together in England
We believe in the Triune God: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Because we confess “one, holy, catholic and apostolic church” our paramount ecumenical task is to show forth this unity, which is always a gift of God. Jesus Christ revealed to us on the cross his love and the mystery of reconciliation; as his followers, we intend to do our utmost to overcome the problems and obstacles that still divide the churches.
We rejoice that the Churches in England are steadily growing closer in mutual trust and respect. As Presidents of Churches Together in England we have in common many joys and hopes, and we have much to offer and to receive from one another in the rich diversity of our traditions.
We believe that in our common pilgrimage we are being led by the Holy Spirit, and that God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, is calling us to a deeper unity and to a greater sharing in our mission in his world.
We therefore commit ourselves to persevere in seeking a common understanding of Christ’s message of salvation in the Gospel; in the power of the Holy Spirit, to work towards the visible unity of the Church of Jesus Christ in the one faith, expressed in common discipleship, worship, witness and service.
- to develop our mutual friendship and support,
- to pray, study and work together for the unity and mission of the Church,
- to consult together on issues affecting the common good,
- to promote justice, integrity and peace,
- to speak with one voice to give common witness to Jesus Christ, as far as we are able.
We pray God to lead us, with all our sisters and brothers in Christ, towards communion in faith, life and witness; so that, united in one body by the one Spirit, we may together witness to the perfect unity of his love.
First signed at Windsor Castle, 2 June 2002.
Signed by new Presidents when they are appointed.