Cytûn

Cytûn with its sister organisations (Churches Together in England and Action of Churches Together in Scotland) is part of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI).

Recently Cytûn has become a company limited by guarantee (with directors from all the main denominations on the Board.)

Find our more about Cytûn through its website: www.cytun.org.uk 

Our task is to challenge and enable (the) denominations - from their leaders and their synods to their individual members - to witness, work, reflect and pray together more effectively.

General issues affecting the Ecumenical Agenda

Language 

  • Some churches work in both (English and Welsh) languages (eg. Church in Wales & the Roman Catholic Church) 
  • Some churches work only in English (eg. The United Reformed Church) or Welsh (eg. Union of Welsh Independents) 
  • Some have different parts of church working mainly in one language or the other. (For example, in the Methodist Church, Synod Cymru works mainly through the Welsh language and the Wales Synod mainly though the English language; also the Presbyterian Church in Wales)

Language is very significant in worship but is also linked to geographical, historical and cultural factors. For example, much of the drive for a United Free Church has its origins in local cooperation among Welsh language chapels in West & North Wales.

Jurisdiction

Within Cytûn there is a distinction between 

  • churches which are nationally based and have to that extent a predominantly Welsh focus (eg. Church in Wales, Presbyterian Church in Wales, and Union of Welsh Independents) and 
  • churches which are part of a wider transnational body (eg. Methodist Church, Roman Catholic Church & United Reformed Church)

This makes for differences in perspective but also in autonomy and decision making.
It also affects the work of representatives, for example in attending an international event, do they represent churches in Wales or wider denominational bodies?


Main areas of Ecumenical Engagement

With Covenant Partners

  • Cardiff East Ecumenical Mission Council (with other Covenant partners), especially in new churches at St. Mellons and Pontprennau
  • Chaplaincy work, for example in Higher Education/University (Cardiff & Newport & with other partners in Glamorgan) and Prison (Cardiff).

Anglican/Methodist 

Training (though partnership with St. Michael's College); originating in training for ordained ministry but increasingly in training for discipleship and leading worship.

With Other Partners

  • MC with United Reformed Church in a United Area in Bridgend  
  • MC with Presbyterian Church in Wales in Local Ecumenical Partnership in Flint 
  • MC (through Synod Cymru) in neighbourhood ministries with Free Church partners in mid and north Wales
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