The first At the Foot of the Cross podcast of 2024 has a very ecumenical flavour to it. That is a word that can confuse rather than clarify so what we’re discussing today is dialogue and Christian unity.
There are many reasons for this. Firstly we have the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, from 18-25 January, then, following hard on its heels, the Bishops of the Church of England and our Catholic Bishops will have their biannual joint meeting in Norwich on 30-31 January. They will explore a diverse range of subjects and discuss areas of common interest. They will also reflect on two great saints – Julian of Norwich and John Henry Newman – as well as share their experiences of synods and the Coronation of King Charles III.
Our regular studio guest Canon Christopher Thomas, General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference secretariat, discusses this important meeting, the nature of our unity with other Christian confessions and his own experiences of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
You can also listen to our Scripture reflection and, as we push into February, look ahead to the World Day for Consecrated Life on 2 February and a very early Lent with Ash Wednesday falling this year on St Valentine’s Day, 14 February.
Please accept a humble mea culpa for the lack of a December podcast as 2023 drew to an end.
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