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November 2011


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November is an exciting month at Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. In just three and a half weeks, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches Revd Dr Olav Fykse Tveit will be the keynote speaker at our inter-denominational Networking Conference. We hope to bring you news and developments from the conference - follow us on Twitter on the hashtag #CTBInetworkconf2011

News features this month include ways to commemorate Remembrance Sunday, and ways to get involved with Inter Faith Week 2011.  If you have any suggestions or ideas about what you'd like to see in the CTBI newsletter, please email:

Features from CTBI


Remembrance Sunday poppy
Remembrance Sunday, 13 November 2011

The generation who remember the World Wars of the twentieth century is passing, but the act of Remembrance remains as significant as ever. A new generation will remember differently, with more recent conflicts in mind and a great awareness of new terrors and dangers. CTBI has produced a number of resources which can be used for Remembrance Services and Commemorations. The Order of Service for Remembrance Sunday is published by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and prepared with The Joint Liturgical Group of Great Britain and The Royal British Legion. A new version was produced in 2005. Resources available to download >>

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2012

In addition to other resources made available last month for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2012, PowerPoint presentations are now available to download in English and Welsh. More >>

Lent 2012

In Lent, Christians go on a journey of deepening reflection, prayer and discipline which leads them to the great festival of new life at Easter. In this Lent study course we are invited to think of this journey as leading towards the true freedom of living in love towards God and others, and what this freedom means for ourselves, our churches, our local communities and our world today.

We shall be taking our cue from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian executed in 1945 for his part in the resistance to Hitler, whose thoughts continue to challenge us on what it means to have faith and to be the church in a dangerous world. In 1944 while in prison he wrote a poem Stations on the Way to Freedom. The 'stations' he highlighted are: discipline, action, suffering and death. His last recorded words before being taken to final trial and execution were: "This is the end, for me the beginning of life". More >>

Other Features


NT Wright


NT Wright on 'Hope'
21 October 2011
Download NT Wright's sermon and address to the Irish churches

Outreach resources for 18-30s
19 October 2011
Damaris launches contemporary multimedia Viewfinder services

Christian New Media Awards
19 October 2011
Methodist Church wins best use of new media in evangelism

Joint Liturgical Group
4 November 2011
Praying with One Voice: Reims Statement on Common Texts and Lectionary

Churches Together Connect
3 November 2011
Bishop Nick Baines on the Archbishop, the media and St Paul's link to external website

Think tank backs Archbishop on FT comments
3 November 2011
Commentators are wrong: church leaders do speak on justice issues link to external website

Events on CTConnect

Understanding Islam Course
Time: November 15, 2011 to November 17, 2011
Location: The Ammerdown Centre,
Street: Radstock,
City/Town: Bath, BA3 5SW
Website or Map:

A Broken Society? Responding Creatively
Time: November 12th 2011 2011 from 10.30am to 4pm
Location: 260 Bath Street, Glasgow

Featured Video

Methodist Church Evangelism Campaign - Winner of a Christian New Media Award

News from the Churches and Ecumenical Groups
Churches Together in England Intermediate Body Review

A major review of the intermediate ecumenical instruments, between the local and the national, was received by the Enabling Group of Churches Together in England at its recent meeting. The review group was led by Revd Bill Snelson, the former General Secretary of CTE. It arose from a previous strategic review which identified as CTE's first priority the support of local and intermediate structures.

The report is available as a PDF download from the CTE website and printed copies may be obtained from the London office at cost (£4).

English Inter Faith Week 20-26 November 2011 

CTBI works with the Inter Faith Network for the UK , who help to co-ordinate Inter Faith Week in England and Scottish Inter Faith Week.  Inter Faith Week (see ) takes place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from Sunday 20 November until Saturday 26 November. Its aims are:

• strengthening good inter faith relations at all levels
• increasing awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society
• increasing understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs

More information and resources are available at . The website now carries listings for national, regional and local events in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

If you are running a local, regional or national event in England, Northern Ireland or Wales to mark Inter Faith Week, please register it as soon as possible online at  If you do not have an event planned and might like to create one, visit the Inter Faith Week website for ideas. Some are specially designed to take from planning to execution within three weeks.

Scottish Inter Faith Week 27 November - 4 December 2011

The theme for Scottish Inter Faith Week is 'Belief in Dialogue' in line with the Belief in Dialogue Good Practice Guide produced by APS Group Scotland and prepared by The Scottish Working Group on Religion and Belief Relations For further information please contact Frances Hume at the Scottish Inter Faith Council at .

Established by the Scottish Inter Faith Council in 2004, the Week provides a chance for individuals, local inter faith groups and faith communities across the country to plan events that bring local people together to promote dialogue, understanding and co-operation between Scotland's diverse religious communities.

Inter faith week is supported by local inter faith groups, the Scottish Government and Scotland's religious leaders.

CTE Europe Day 15 November 11-4pm at 27 Tavistock Square, London

Anyone with experience of church contacts in Europe, an interest in developing fellowship across borders, or curiosity about what the current state of European Church relations is, are welcome at CTE's first Europe Day. Speakers include: Dame Mary Tanner, European President of the World Council of Churches, Revd Canon Harvey Richardson (Community of Protestant Churches in Europe) and Very Revd John Arnold, formerly Dean of Durham and an architect of both the Porvoo and Meissen Agreements. More >>

CTE More than Gold Champions

CTE is encouraging all CEOs, chairs of local and regional CT groups - and any other network resource people - to register as a 'Gold Champion'. More Than Gold is the ecumenical campaign to help churches engage with the London Olympics 2010. More >>

Vacancy: Senior Parliamentary Officer for Bible Society 

This is an exciting opportunity for a person experienced in the world of politics and the Scriptures to support parliamentarians in their advocacy of the Bible in Parliament.

Employed by Bible Society, and supporting the all-party Christian group in Parliament ( ), you will work with MPs, Peers, officials and staff to increase confidence in the Scriptures, not least as a source and reference for political thinking.

To apply, download the Application Form and email it to

First stage interviews will take place on 5 December 2011 in Swindon

Newsletters and Events We Are Following

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Prisons Week

Week beginning 21st November 2011, is "Prisons Week", and the theme this year is "Do you see me, or are you just looking?" with the text from Matthew 25: 35-40.  More>>

The next CTBI newsletter will be our December issue available on 5th December 2011.

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