Churches Together in England Forum 2022

5 April 2022

CTE Forum 2022 took place from 14 to 16 March at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick.

More than 300 Christian leaders gathered to discuss and reflect on the Forum theme ‘Reconciling Hope: A broken church for a broken world’.

It was the broadest ecumenical gathering of the year and an exciting three days.

If you were at Forum we hope these resources will refresh your memory and help you share what you experienced with colleagues. Or, if you couldn’t make it to Forum, then this page will share with you some of the highlights…

Start here… What is Forum?

Deputy Forum Moderator, Rev Anton Muller, introduced us to CTE’s triennial gathering

The conflict in Ukraine

Understandably, the war in Ukraine overshadowed this year’s Forum. During the event CTE released two statements on behalf of the attendees:

Calling for the cessation of hostilities

Renewing appeals to the UK government to support the churches offering welcome and sanctuary to Ukrainian refugees

Our keynote speakers

‘Reconciliation in a post-Covid world’

The Archbishop of Canterbury and CTE President, Justin Welby, was the opening keynote speaker at CTE Forum 2022.

‘Reconciliation in a post-Covid world’ – unity of mission

The Archbishop of Westminster and CTE President Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the church’s role.

‘Reconciling communities – being good news in fractured communities and society’

Professor Anthony Reddie and Rev Dr Tessa Henry-Robinson spoke on the imperative of racial justice for community reconciliation.

‘Reconciling people to planet earth- being good news to a world in climate emergency’

Canon Dr Ruth Valerio spoke about the central duty of Christians to protect the earth

In the third part of Dr Valerio’s talk she was joined by a panel to answer questions from Forum delegates. Deputy Moderator, Rev Anton Muller hosted the discussion. On the panel were:

  • Executive Director of the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility, Sarah Edwards
  • Liz Marsh, Young Christian Climate Network
  • Daud Irfan, Methodist Church

A vision for CTE

The newly commissioned General Secretary of CTE, Bishop Mike Royal, shared his vision with Forum 2022.

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