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Ecumenical

As part of the universal Christian Church, The Salvation Army values its relationships with other churches and welcomes the opportunity to worship, work and witness together. We are also committed to interfaith engagement.

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3 - The Bible)

News

Events

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:


CREATION TIME

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.


EDUCATION SUNDAY

10 September

A national day of prayer and celebration (England and Wales) for everyone in the world of education. The resources are intended to be used as a springboard for a variety of events on or around Education Sunday.


INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR PEACE

21 September

Each year on 21 September the World Council of Churches calls churches to observe the International Day of Prayer for Peace. It is also the United Nations-sponsored International Day of Peace. Resources


DAY OF PRAYER FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

24 September

Resources and posters. Information about The Salvation Army's work with victim's of human trafficking and modern slavery here


Looking ahead to 2018

HOPE 2018 is designed to help churches reach out to their communities in words and actions. Download a brochure

Contact

Major David Evans - Territorial Ecumenical Officer


Our Partnerships

Local and Regional

Our churches belong to their local Churches Together groups and our divisional (regional) leaders are part of regional Churches Together groups.

National

At a national level we are members of or partners with:

            

International

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.

Interfaith

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.


Ecumenical Documents

Over the years The Salvation Army has produced a number of documents of an ecumenical nature. These are available here for download.

A Vision of Neighbourly Love (2016) - a response to the Conference of European Churches' open letter, What Future for Europe?

The Church: Towards a Common Vision (2015) - a response to the World Council of Churches' Faith and Order Paper No 214

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

Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (1986) - a response to the World Council of Churches' Faith and Order Paper No 111


Ecumenical Dialogues

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.


Recommended Reading

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.