What does it mean for us to be a Son or Daughter of Abraham? was our theme for the Church Leaders of Churches Together in South London gathering on Day 4 in this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Led ably by the Rt. Revd Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark, we reflected on the words “Your name shall be Abraham, the ancestor of a multitude of nations.” We listened to personal testimonies of what it means for Syrian and Iraqi Christians to be the sons and daughters of Abraham today – displaced people but people of tremendous faith, Christians who have the strong conviction of their calling to keep the faith because their forefathers, who also sacrificed so much, kept the faith. It is in the spirit of this faith that they journey forwards with hope to a better future. In their witness to us today they are indeed Salt of the Earth.
CTSL Media Release – Senior church leaders gather in South London
Thursday 21 January 2016
Senior church leaders gathered to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at Archbishop’s House next to the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St George’s for the Archdiocese of Southwark.
Meeting together at the invitation of Churches Together in South London (CTSL), these leaders represent the diversity and unity of South London’s churches. Bishop Christopher Chessun offered a reflection at the invitation of Bishop Donnett Thomas, Chair of CTSL, and spoke about his recent visit to Jordan where he had met people who had fled their homes and were still journeying. Everyone present was united through faith, in their care for people in this city and in their desire to offer a welcome to many others seeking refuge in this country.
It is a strong witness to fellowship between denominations to see this group of Christian leaders meeting with one another to pray, reflect, discuss and eat together at a time when unity, friendship and multilateral partnership, is crucial for our city and world.
back row left-right:
Salvation Army Commander, London South East Division, Lieutenant Colonel Ray Irving : Church of England Bishop of Southwark, Rt Rev Christopher Chessun : Roman Catholic Archbishop of Southwark, Most Rev Peter Smith : United Reformed Church Moderator, Southern Synod, Rev Nicola Furley-Smith : London Quakers Eleri Pengelly : Greek Orthodox Very Rev Archimandrite Christodoulos Persopoulos of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Camberwell : London Baptist Association Rev Kumar Rajagopalan
front row left-right:
Pentecostal Word of Faith Mission & Apostolic Pastoral Congress (South East London Diocese), Rt Rev Moses Owusu-Sekyere : Churches Together in South London Claire Crowley : Roman Catholic Auxiliary Bishop – South West London, Rt Rev Paul Hendricks : Newer Free Churches Faith and Roger Forster of Ichthus Christian Fellowship
Churches Together in South London (CTSL) represents over 50 local ecumenical networks across 10 London boroughs south of the River Thames, and is one of 49 intermediary bodies around the country for Churches Together in England. You can find your nearest local network on www.ctslondon.org.uk.
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