Publications

See our range of  publications available via Church House Bookshop or as ebooks.

Changing Mission (paperback)

Changing Mission (paperback)

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Churches Together in Pilgrimage (PDF)

Churches Together in Pilgrimage (PDF)

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(Published in 1989 for the Inter-Church Process Not Strangers but Pilgrims). The next steps for Churches Together in Pilgrimage include definitive proposals for ecumenical instruments. These have been revised in the light of the churches’ and other bodies’ responses to the Swanwick Report and the Reports of Working Parties on Ecumenical Instruments produced earlier in the Not Strangers but Pilgrims Inter-Church Process. The Introduction spells out the radical shift in thinking, feeling and action required at all levels, local, regional and national, and the radically new style of working which will result when ‘ecumenism as an extra which absorbs energy’ gives way to ‘ecumenism as a dimension of all that we do, which releases energy through the sharing of resources’. The Swanwick Declaration ‘from co-operation to commitment’ and the Swanwick Report’s description of the Context and Content of our Pilgrimage, lead through common sections on Membership, Meetings and Finance, to specific proposals for Churches Together in England, ACTS (Action of Churches Together in Scotland), Cytun (Churches Together in Wales), and a Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland. These are commended to the churches’ Synods and Assemblies for decision in 1989 in the hope of their implementation in 1990. More info →
Observations on the church from Britain and abroad (PDF)

Observations on the church from Britain and abroad (PDF)

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Observations was published in 1986 as one of a series of books and audio visual material for the inter-church process 'Not Strangers but Pilgrims'. Observations is a collection of views on the church from Britain and abroad by people and groups within, on the fringe of, or outside the churches in England, Scotland and Wales taking part in the inter-church process 'Not Strangers but Pilgrims'. They include comments from young adults, women and theological college staff and students; questions from House Churches and from Christian Communities and Networks; statements from Evangelical bodies and from a visiting evangelist; reports from people concerned with community work and social issues and from the secular and professional world; insights from Aid agencies, from churches abroad and from international inter-church conversations. Together they offer a variety of perspectives and challenges to the churches in Britain. More info →
Reflections: how churches view their life and mission

Reflections: how churches view their life and mission

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Reflections was published in 1986 as one of a series of books and audio visual material for the inter-church process 'Not Strangers but Pilgrims'. It is a unique collection of statements on how churches in England, Scotland and Wales view their life and mission. More info →
Views from the Pews (PDF)

Views from the Pews (PDF)

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(Views from the Pews was published in 1986). Views from the Pews begins with a popular account of what individuals and groups who took part in Lent '86 want to say to the churches involved in the Inter-Church Process 'Not Strangers but Pilgrims'. This analysis of the Questionnaires (see What on earth is the church for?) and Group Reports is by Judy Turner-Smith, Senior Research Officer of Trumedia Study (Oxford) Limited. It is accompanied by a survey of local ecumenism in Britain today. Hugh Cross, Ecumenical Officer for England, writes about Local Ecumenical Bodies in England. The Ecumenical Scene in Wales is described by Noel Davies of the Council of Churches for Wales; and a Scottish contribution comes from Kenyon Wright of the Scottish Churches' Council. The message from all these is the same: it is time to become one and to engage together in God's mission to the world, whilst valuing the different traditions and insights we bring to our common task. More info →
What on Earth is the Church for? (leaflet)

What on Earth is the Church for? (leaflet)

The Not Strangers But Pilgrims Inter-Church Process navigated the changes which saw the British Council of Churches transformed to what later became CTBI. An important starting point was the nature of the Church and a key principle was consultation. Lent 86 therefore saw the largest ecumenical consultation which has ever taken place, made possible by an imaginative collaboration with BBC local radio. What on Earth is the Church for? was the study booklet for the Lent course in which it was estimated over a million people participated. More info →
Who on Earth are you? (PDF)

Who on Earth are you? (PDF)

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WHO ON EARTH ARE YOU? This book will help you find out. It asks us to tell our own stories and place them alongside five stories from Luke’s Gospel. Through this, we are helped to see how our faith relates to our world today. The five session topics have been chosen in response to the needs expressed by those who took part in an earlier programme for Lent 86. They focus on how people can relate their daily life to their faith in God, and how this affects the way they relate to other people. Written as part of the Not Strangers but Pilgrims Inter-Church Process, the book has been designed for use during Lent 88 in conjunction with local radio, but can be used independently at any time. Use it and find out more about yourselves and others, both inside and outside the Church. More info →
Under the Same Roof (PDF)

Under the Same Roof (PDF)

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Since the Sharing of Church Buildings Act became law in England and Wales in 1969 many local churches have taken advantage of its provisions by operating together 'under the same roo f. Circulars and Guidelines to assist those who wish to share resources in this way have been issued from time to time; but a new edition has now been called for, not least because of recent ecumenical developments and experience nationally, regionally and locally. Under the Same Roof gathers together practical, sensitive and technical guidance about how to take steps towards sharing buildings. It is offered to those in positions of leadership in the churches who are considering negotiating a Sharing Agreement, and to their legal advisers, church officers with special responsibility for buildings, ecumenical officers and members of ecumenical sponsoring bodies. It includes the full text of the Sharing of Church Buildings Act 1969 as well as a schedule of the churches to which the Act applies, a Glossary of terms used and examples of Sharing Agreements. These revised Guidelines offer clear advice for developing imaginative inter-church relationships within the 1969 Act. They are commended to the churches by the General Secretaries of Churches Together in England and CYTUN (Churches Together in Wales) in association with which bodies they have been published by CCB1. More info →
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