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

    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.

    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: 

     

     

     

     

     

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    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

    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.

    News and Views

    The latest edition of our ecumenical and interfaith newsletter

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    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. 

    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 2020 (The Salvation Army International Headquarters, 2020) 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.

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