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Array ( [0] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 343604 [post_author] => 100 [post_date] => 2017-03-22 19:00:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-22 19:00:47 [post_content] => Please note that this section of the website is currently under review and development - March 2017 [raw] [tabs style="framed" nav="tabs" tab_1="Home" tab_2="What is it?" tab_3="History" tab_4="Maintaining" tab_5="Conferences" tab_6="Declaration" tab_7="Contact us"] [tab_1] Purley United Reformed Church is a member of a unique five-way international partnership of churches. The other member congregations are: Petrusgemeinde Dessau, Germany  Immanuel Congregational Church, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren, Ostrava, Czech Republic Gedächtniskirchengemeinde, Speyer, Germany We also maintain an informal link with: Woodvale Presbyterian Church, Belfast, Northern Ireland [/tab_1] [tab_2]What is it?.[/tab_2] [tab_3]History [/tab_3] [tab_4]Maintaining ..[/tab_4] [tab_5]Conferences..[/tab_5] [tab_6] [slider id="declaration-of-an-international-church-partnership-2016"] Declaration of an International Church Partnership between Petrusgemeinde, Dessau (Evangelische Landeskirche Anhalts) Immanuel Congregational Church, Hartford, Connecticut (United Church of Christ) Českobratrská církev evangelická, Ostrava Purley United Reformed Church Gedächtniskirchengemeinde, Speyer (Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz) “May they all be one…” – John 17 v.21 The Story of our Partnership

Our Partnership has its European roots in contacts developed in a spirit of reconciliation between local congregations in England and the Palatinate (Federal Republic of Germany) after the Second World War. The first visit by three young people from Shelley Road Worthing to Wolfstein in the Palatinate took place in August 1949.  This led indirectly to a “Communion of Pulpit and Lord’s Table” being established in 1957 between the Congregational Union of England and Wales and the Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz (EKP).  The link between the Gedächtniskirche in Speyer and Purley URC developed from personal contacts between ministers and lay people in England and the Palatinate and dates from 1967.

The American connection developed after an exchange of pulpits in 1967 between Revd Cyril Franks, minister in Purley, and Revd Bob Edwards of Immanuel Congregational Church, Hartford, which revealed continuing negative perceptions of Germany and Germans in the USA.  As a way of reversing these stereotypes, a first three-way conference was held in 1971 in Purley.After the partition of Germany in the late 1940s, links established between churches in West Germany and the then German Democratic Republic (GDR) included EKP connections with the Evangelische Landeskirche Anhalts.   These denominational links led to contacts between the Gedächtniskirche and the Petruskirche, Dessau and, indirectly, the Ostrava congregation of the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren.   From 1966 onwards there was an annual weekend meeting in East Berlin between members of the churches in Speyer and Dessau, to which German-speaking members of the Purley, Ostrava and Hartford congregations were later also invited: and there were two similar weekend meetings in the mid-1980s between the congregations in Dessau and Purley.  Other than the Berlin meetings, however, early contacts with Dessau and Ostrava were limited by political circumstance mainly to exchanges of letters between individuals, although a number of people from Purley and Hartford paid private visits to both the GDR and Czechoslovakia during the 1970s and the 1980s, and a few people from Dessau were permitted to attend Partnership conferences from 1980 onwards.   After the momentous events of autumn 1989, all that changed.  A high point in the history of the Partnership was undoubtedly the conference in Purley in July/August 1992, attended by about 120 visitors, of whom nearly half came from Dessau and Ostrava.

Purley URC also maintains an informal bilateral link with Woodvale Presbyterian Church, Belfast.  Whilst they do not wish to become full members of the Partnership, conferences and other gatherings in recent years have been greatly enhanced by the presence of a few Irish participants.

The Purpose of our Partnership

Partnership acts as a focal point in all our congregations for:

The Features of our Partnership

“Love one another with mutual affection. Esteem others more highly than yourself.”- Romans 12 v.10

Partnership seeks to achieve its purpose through:

 The Local Church within our Partnership

“If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”- Romans 12 v.18

Each congregation aims to enhance the Partnership as a whole in its own way.   Each church’s individual contributions are based on

Our Partnership Commitment

We honour the legacy of those whose original vision it was to achieve post-war reconciliation and mutual understanding, which the Partnership made possible. To sustain this treasure, we commit ourselves anew:

  1. to uphold the purposes of our International Partnership in a changing world
  2. to nurture together the development of our International Partnership in ways that ensure its relevance to present and future generations
  3. to explore together, theologically, spiritually and personally, what it means to be committed to one another in Partnership and what it means to be committed to the tasks of reconciliation and peace
  4. to promote our International Partnership within each congregation as a relationship that all are involved in, not just the few
  5. to be part of God’s ministry of reconciliation.

“May they all be one…” – John 17 v.21

APPROVED BY PURLEY URC CHURCH MEETING – 30 NOVEMBER 2014

..[/tab_6] [tab_7]Contact us..[/tab_7] [/tabs] [/raw]     [the-post-grid id="343628" title="International Partnership Churches News"] [post_title] => Our International Partnership Churches [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => our-international-partnership-churches [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-24 13:50:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-24 13:50:16 [post_content_filtered] => Please note that this section of the website is currently under review and development - March 2017 [raw] [tabs style="framed" nav="tabs" tab_1="Home" tab_2="What is it?" tab_3="History" tab_4="Maintaining" tab_5="Conferences" tab_6="Declaration" tab_7="Contact us"] [tab_1] Purley United Reformed Church is a member of a unique five-way international partnership of churches. The other member congregations are: Petrusgemeinde Dessau, Germany  Immanuel Congregational Church, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren, Ostrava, Czech Republic Gedächtniskirchengemeinde, Speyer, Germany We also maintain an informal link with: Woodvale Presbyterian Church, Belfast, Northern Ireland [/tab_1] [tab_2]What is it?.[/tab_2] [tab_3]History [/tab_3] [tab_4]Maintaining ..[/tab_4] [tab_5]Conferences..[/tab_5] [tab_6] [slider id="declaration-of-an-international-church-partnership-2016"] Declaration of an International Church Partnership between Petrusgemeinde, Dessau (Evangelische Landeskirche Anhalts) Immanuel Congregational Church, Hartford, Connecticut (United Church of Christ) Českobratrská církev evangelická, Ostrava Purley United Reformed Church Gedächtniskirchengemeinde, Speyer (Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz) “May they all be one…” – John 17 v.21 The Story of our Partnership

Our Partnership has its European roots in contacts developed in a spirit of reconciliation between local congregations in England and the Palatinate (Federal Republic of Germany) after the Second World War. The first visit by three young people from Shelley Road Worthing to Wolfstein in the Palatinate took place in August 1949.  This led indirectly to a “Communion of Pulpit and Lord’s Table” being established in 1957 between the Congregational Union of England and Wales and the Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz (EKP).  The link between the Gedächtniskirche in Speyer and Purley URC developed from personal contacts between ministers and lay people in England and the Palatinate and dates from 1967.

The American connection developed after an exchange of pulpits in 1967 between Revd Cyril Franks, minister in Purley, and Revd Bob Edwards of Immanuel Congregational Church, Hartford, which revealed continuing negative perceptions of Germany and Germans in the USA.  As a way of reversing these stereotypes, a first three-way conference was held in 1971 in Purley.After the partition of Germany in the late 1940s, links established between churches in West Germany and the then German Democratic Republic (GDR) included EKP connections with the Evangelische Landeskirche Anhalts.   These denominational links led to contacts between the Gedächtniskirche and the Petruskirche, Dessau and, indirectly, the Ostrava congregation of the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren.   From 1966 onwards there was an annual weekend meeting in East Berlin between members of the churches in Speyer and Dessau, to which German-speaking members of the Purley, Ostrava and Hartford congregations were later also invited: and there were two similar weekend meetings in the mid-1980s between the congregations in Dessau and Purley.  Other than the Berlin meetings, however, early contacts with Dessau and Ostrava were limited by political circumstance mainly to exchanges of letters between individuals, although a number of people from Purley and Hartford paid private visits to both the GDR and Czechoslovakia during the 1970s and the 1980s, and a few people from Dessau were permitted to attend Partnership conferences from 1980 onwards.   After the momentous events of autumn 1989, all that changed.  A high point in the history of the Partnership was undoubtedly the conference in Purley in July/August 1992, attended by about 120 visitors, of whom nearly half came from Dessau and Ostrava.

Purley URC also maintains an informal bilateral link with Woodvale Presbyterian Church, Belfast.  Whilst they do not wish to become full members of the Partnership, conferences and other gatherings in recent years have been greatly enhanced by the presence of a few Irish participants.

The Purpose of our Partnership

Partnership acts as a focal point in all our congregations for:

The Features of our Partnership

“Love one another with mutual affection. Esteem others more highly than yourself.”- Romans 12 v.10

Partnership seeks to achieve its purpose through:

 The Local Church within our Partnership

“If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”- Romans 12 v.18

Each congregation aims to enhance the Partnership as a whole in its own way.   Each church’s individual contributions are based on

Our Partnership Commitment

We honour the legacy of those whose original vision it was to achieve post-war reconciliation and mutual understanding, which the Partnership made possible. To sustain this treasure, we commit ourselves anew:

  1. to uphold the purposes of our International Partnership in a changing world
  2. to nurture together the development of our International Partnership in ways that ensure its relevance to present and future generations
  3. to explore together, theologically, spiritually and personally, what it means to be committed to one another in Partnership and what it means to be committed to the tasks of reconciliation and peace
  4. to promote our International Partnership within each congregation as a relationship that all are involved in, not just the few
  5. to be part of God’s ministry of reconciliation.

“May they all be one…” – John 17 v.21

APPROVED BY PURLEY URC CHURCH MEETING – 30 NOVEMBER 2014

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