Reformation 500! Blackburn Cathedral Thursday 19th October 2.00pm
The Presidents of Churches Together in England encourage all churches in England
to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 with sensitivity as we
acknowledge our unity in Christ. We have learnt over the past century that unity is
achieved by walking together, and we have grown in communion, friendship,
reconciliation and healing. During this anniversary we want to be able to listen to the
truth that is in each other, to hear our different stories, and build bridges of deeper
understanding and respect.
The Church Leaders of Churches Together in Lancashire invite you to gather as part
of the whole Christian community on Thursday 19th October 2.00pm in Blackburn
Cathedral for a “Commemoration of the Reformation”. Speaking side by side at this
event will be the National Ecumenical Officer for the Catholic Bishops Conference in
England & Wales, Fr John O’Toole and the Vice President of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in England Pastor George Samiec. They will be joined by the
Church Leaders for Lancashire with reflections given by the Bishop of Blackburn, the
Chair of the Lancashire Methodist District and the Moderator for United Reformed
Church North West Synod. Also represented will be the North West Baptist
Association, Lancashire Quakers and representatives from independent free
churches in the County.
This will be the largest ecumenical gathering in Lancashire for many years and will
be a time to celebrate our distinctive Christian traditions that have been shaped
through times of both conflict and renewal. The service will be a time of word and
prayer, hymns and songs that are dear to each Christian tradition.
You are invited to come and stand in visible unity as part of the whole Christian
witness to the Gospel in Lancashire.