- Holy Trinity Church of England, Stroud, offers the local Salvation Army the use of its building following an alleged arson attack.
- Major Nick Coke (Raynes Park) talks to Christian Today about how communities can help refugee families through the government's Community Sponsorship scheme.
- 'We stand together with our Muslim brothers and sisters and hope our communities remain united in peace and compassion.'
- Finsbury Park attack: statements from the Inter Faith Network UK and Christian churches and leaders.
- The Salvation Army's Major Barry Wilson gives the opening speech at Celebrate Norwich and Norfolk, an interdenominational festival.
- The Salvation Army has responded to the Grenfell Tower fire with support for the emergency services and the local community. Many churches have responded as reported by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
- Churches Together in England has published its Annual Review of 2016, saying, 'Our goal remains the pursuit of the journey towards the unity for which Christ prayed on the evening before his death'.
During this year churches will be marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation within an ecumenical context. Reformation 500 Events
Other events coming up in 2017 include the following:
Refugee week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK and promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary. Anyone can take part by organising, attending or taking part in activities.
Refugee Sunday can be held on the 18 and/or 25 June. Resources are available from the World Refugee Sunday webpage.
Sea Sunday is the global celebration of the enduring and vital work of the Mission to Seafarers. It usually focuses on a church service and packs are available with suggested readings, hymns, information leaflets and fundraising envelopes.
Resources are available from the Sea Sunday website.
1 September - 4 October
Churches are urged to adopt a ‘Time for Creation’ between 1 September and 4 October (the feast of St Francis). The period is dedicated to prayer for the protection of Creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles that reverse humankind’s contribution to climate change.
Resources are available from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
Looking ahead to 2018
Lieut-Colonel Jonathan Roberts - Territorial Ecumenical Officer
Local and Regional
Our churches belong to their local Churches Together groups and our divisional (regional) leaders are part of regional Churches Together groups.
At a national level we are members of or partners with:
We are members of the Conference of European Churches and, as a World Communion, we have adviser status at the World Council of Churches, which means we are invited to participate in Central Committee meetings and General Assemblies but do not have a vote.
Our Interfaith engagement includes membership the Churches Forum for Inter Religious Relations and Interfaith Scotland. Through our membership of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland we are connected with The Inter Faith Network for the UK and The Council of Christians and Jews.
Over the years The Salvation Army has produced a number of documents of an ecumenical nature. These are available here for download.
The Salvation Army in the Body of Christ: An Ecclesiological Statement (2008) - a statement on The Salvation Army's relationship with other churches
Charta Oecumenica (2001) - a response to the Conference of European Churches' guidelines on growing cooperation among the churches in Europe
Dialogue with the Seventh-day Adventist Church - A brief report of the international dialogue between the Seventh-day Adventist Church and The Salvation Army in 2004.
Conversations with the Catholic Church - A report from a series of informal conversations from 2007 to 2012 between representatives of the Roman Catholic Church and The Salvation Army. It has perspectives on a number of subjects, including the nature of the Church, divine revelation, social justice, salvation, sanctification and theology and forms of mission.
Working Together in Mission: Witness, Education and Service - A downloadable report of the 2009/2011 Salvation Army - World Methodist Council Dialogue. With dialogue revolving around themes such as mission and evangelism, education and Christian witness, the participants discovered many commonalities in history, theology, and practice as well as important distinct gifts that the two bodies offer to each other.
Called To Be God's People (Robert Street, 1999) The report from the International Spiritual Life Commission, which re-examined The Salvation Army's public and private expressions of worship and faith. Free download
Catherine Booth: Laying the Theological Foundations of a Radical Movement (John Read, 2014) William and Catherine Booth together founded The Salvation Army. This book examines the theology undergirding Catherine's Salvationist spirituality and reveals the integral relationship between the social and evangelical aspects of Christian mission in her thought.
Community in Mission (Phil Needham, 2016) Written primarily to give Salvationists a vision of the missionary future into which their Lord is leading them, this book also serves as a basis for theological reflection by others upon the Salvationist movement and as a perspective on ecclesiology as a whole. (free download of the original 1987 book: Community in Mission: A Salvationist Ecclesiology)
Founding Vision for a Future Army (Alan Burns, 2014) In examining both the 'charisms' - the gifts and graces given by the Holy Spirit - of the early Salvationists, and the current situation of the movement, Alan Burns applies fresh thinking and suggests new strategies for future growth and spiritual revival.
In the Master's Hands: Each Life Sacramental (Robert Street, 2016) Produced for Salvationists and non-Salvationists alike, this book and DVD convey what the Army sees as essential or not so essential in its Christian faith and practice.
Like a Mighty Army?: The Salvation Army, the Church, and the Churches (David W Taylor, 2015) In his foreword John H.Y. Briggs says this is 'essential reading for all Salvationists seeking to deepen their understanding of their churchmanship and for all the Army's ecumenical partners, intent on understanding its ecclesial self-understanding, and deepening ecumenical partnership.'
The Sacramental Journey of The Salvation Army (R David Rightmire, 2016) Rightmire reveals the theology, context and controversy surrounding William Booth's 1883 decision to forgo traditional Christian sacramental practices within his Salvation Army. The book investigates the theological roots and practical dimensions of this decision, and explores its effects within The Salvation Army up to the present day.
The Salvation Army in relation to the Church, the State and Civil Society An official statement by The Salvation Army in the UK
The Salvation Army Handbook of Doctrine (The Salvation Army International Headquarters, 2010) This is the latest in a long line of handbooks (the first was in 1881) outlining The Salvation Army’s doctrinal beliefs. It has a study guide and study notes covering the Army’s essential characteristics, its position concerning Christian sacraments, spiritual gifts and how The Salvation Army relates to the wider Church.
The Salvation Army Year Book 2017 (The Salvation Army International Headquarters, 2017) This book is filled with historical information, statistics, reports, lists and areas of service. It covers the work of the Army in 128 countries.
Who Are These Salvationists?: An Analysis for the 21st Century (Shaw Clifton, 1999) An examination of the history, theology and position of The Salvation Army within the Christian Protestant Evangelical world view.