Ultan Russell reports on ecumenical prayers and ongoing relationships.
In lockdown we have kept our good relationships with our ecumenical partners alive through shared prayer times.
As the Ecumenical Officer for the Archdiocese of Liverpool, with my wife who is the Anglican Chaplain at Liverpool Hope University, we have produced sets of prayers – one per day throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
These have been drawn increasingly from different denominations, spiritualities, and countries.
Originally aimed at the Church of England Mothers’ Union where we serve on the Trustee Board as nominees of the Bishop of Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University (I am a Governor!) they have been widely distributed around England and the rest of the UK with friends and colleagues and in the Episcopal Church in the USA.
We have produced in parallel a set of prayers by women.
Also, many of us involved in our Ecumenical Partnership with Köln participated by YouTube in an Ecumenical Service for VE Day from Köln in German (written English translation) as the two cathedral Deans and I should have been there for VE Day Commemoration.