Young speakers at CTE Forum 2015

Young Christians at the Churches Together in England Forum

At the Listening to Young people session during the Churches Together in England Forum in September 2015 twelve young Christians of different denominations spoke frankly about their experience of Church and their hopes for the future.

From Merseyside

Neil Brunskill from LiverpoolNeil Brunskill, a student from Liverpool Hope University, who was among the 4 CTMR representatives at the Forum said:

"Unity is achieved whilst walking" (Pope Francis) was a quote resonated often during this year's Churches Together in England Forum which I was honoured to attend this year while representing Merseyside. For me, CTE was a body I had very little knowledge of, but over the course of three days I managed to learn a lot from the Forum.

Firstly, I was surprised by the denominational members in attendance - I found myself having breakfast with an Orthodox Hieromonk; lunch with a Lutheran Minister; and dinner with a Roman Catholic Priest. This, obviously, shows the diversity of traditions which meet together to explore unity.

On the second day we heard via video conference Justin Welby explain that "unity is indispensable." These words have echoed with me, and I have meditated on what they mean for us trying to establish unification. Obviously the subject of unity raises many theological questions and unity should not be achieved as a result of watering down our theological understanding; however unity does not have to be something unreachable. Friendship between denominations is achievable and something, I believe, we should all strive for.

Throughout the Forum I learnt that unity will not happen overnight, we have to walk together in friendship to achieve that special harmony between our traditions."

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