On Sunday afternoon I was privileged to be present in Carlisle Cathedral for the collation and installation of two new Canons. The Revd Peter Clement, an Anglican priest, was being both collated (and Anglican process) and installed as a Residentiary Canon. The Revd Sarah Moore, our Cumbria Area President and SCM minister, was simply being “installed” as an Ecumenical Canon – an honour being bestowed in view of Sarah’s contribution and commitment on behalf of the URC over the past 5 years towards the ecumenical Cumbrian project “God for All.” (The photo shows Sarah with the Bishop of Carlisle, the right Revd James Newcombe).
The efforts in Cumbria towards ecumenical unity across the county now include the Salvation Army together with the Methodists, Anglicans and United Reformed Church. The work continues to progress in the formation of Mission Communities across Cumbria. The work is exciting though of course, as with any changes, not without its wrinkles. However, a meeting last week of one of the launch sessions for the ecumenical Bishop’s Mission to Cumbria in March 2018 showed something of the enthusiasm for our partnership in mission with a packed meeting at our Carver Community Church in Windermere.
Please pray for:
- further opportunities across the Synod for ecumenical enthusiasm to work in partnership across wider county or denominational areas
- a willingness of our congregations to continue to explore the possibilities for partnerships where we can support and strengthen the witness of the Gospel
- the gatherings of denominational church leaders both locally and at county levels, and for the building up of these relationships through good fellowship which will enrich our work and witness together