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16 January 2009

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What is a Local Ecumenical Partnership? - preview

Michael Langford describes his Meeting’s experience of interchurch covenanting

A great deal depends on local conditions and history
  • Quakers have a relatively high profile in Birmingham and when the ecumenical movement started gathering strength local feeling was that the Quakers had to be part of it
  • In Hall Green we were not even asked to agree with any verbal statement as a basis of Christian unity
  • Back in the 1960s our Quaker Meeting was drawn into the Northern Ireland Project, by which Hall Green Christians gave hospitality to Catholic and Protestant children from a deprived district in Belfast and arranged outings and a camping holiday, in a way that simply ignored denominational differences
  • This ceased some years ago but it did a lot to bring us all together

  • Michael Langford

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