South London’s Senior Church Leaders gather for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

From Churches Together in South London

Yesterday (23 January), church leaders from South London gathered for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018. Roger and Faith Forster of Ichthus Christian Fellowship led us in reflection, and we were kindly hosted by Southwark Cathedral


Meeting together at the invitation of Churches Together in South London (CTSL), these leaders witness to the friendship and shared purposes of South London’s churches. Roger and Faith Forster offered a reflection at the invitation of Reverend Michaela Youngson, Chair of CTSL, and spoke about building bridges not walls, inspired by Pope Francis. Drawing on the theme of liberation for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Roger and Faith reflected on Exodus 15 and Ephesians 2, reading Luci Shaw’s poem “Step on it” that finishes:

“You built

one Bridge to us

Solid enough, long

enough, strong enough

to stand all tides for all time,


the unlinkable.”

Roman Catholic Bishop of Southwark, Most Rev Paul Hendricks
London Baptist Association Team Leader, Rev Phil Barnard
Greek Orthodox, Very Rev Archimandrite Christodoulos Persopoulos of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Camberwell
Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, Archbishop Angaelos
Churches Together in South London, Claire Crowley
Methodist London District Chair, Rev Dr Jongikaya Zihle
Power of the Living Word Ministries International, Rt Rev Dr Donnett Thomas
Apostolic Pastoral Congress, Deputy-Director & Greater London Regional Bishop, Rt Rev Moses Owusu-Sekyere
London Quakers, Fred Ashmore
Anglican Bishop of Southwark, Most Rev Christopher Chessun
Power of the Living Word Ministries International, Bishop’s Chaplain, Rev Alison Trethewy
Newer Free Churches, Roger and Faith Forster of Ichthus Christian Fellowship
United Reformed Church Moderator, Southern Synod, Rev Nicola Furley-Smith

Archdiocese of Southwark, London Baptist AssociationSt Mary’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral Camberwell, London, Reflections by HG Bishop Angaelos London District of the Methodist ChurchMethodist Central Hall WestminsterApostolic Pastoral CongressLondon QuakersQuakers in BritainAnglican Diocese of SouthwarkURC Communications,
And The Salvation Army – South London Division – we missed you, speedy recovering to your Divisional Commander Major Valerie!

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