theology and unity
joint liturgical group
The Joint Liturgical Group is a network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
The JLG began in 1963. Its aim has always been to serve the churches of Britain in the renewal of their worship. It was registered in law as a trust in 1971. The JLG has been concerned with the demands of worship in Britain and the development of common liturgical thinking and texts in the worldwide church.
The JLG exists:
- To be a creative working group. It offers rites and texts to the churches and ecumenical bodies, and advises and comments on worship matters. Work produced by the JLG is offered to churches to use as they see fit.
- To act for the churches, or for groups of churches, where this is useful and appropriate.
- To join with the English Language Liturgical Consultation and other international bodies concerned with English-language worship.
- To serve the liturgical needs of congregations linked to more than one British church.
- To liaise with bodies and officers who have responsibility in different churches for worship matters. The JLG assists in the exchange of liturgical news between the churches.
Present and Future
The JLG and its work are formally recognised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI).
The JLG affirms its relationship to the developing life of the churches and continues to be willing to serve them in the God-given calling of praise and witness.
The JLG has organised two successful conferences (1996 and 1999) and further conferences are planned.