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Welcome to the website of the Interchurch Families International Network.

(Feature article can be found below.)
 
People come to this site to learn more about marriages across denominational lines, be it because they live, or have a family member or friend in, such a marriage; or to know what the churches are learning and saying about such marriages. More and more, people are coming here to discover the riches and joy to be found in sharing in each other's church traditions, and worshipping as much as possible together in each other's churches.

We who live such marriages are today gathering in groups and Associations in various countries. We lend support to each other, share information, and discuss how to live the often painful and confusing situations arising out of the divisions in the churches.  We seek  to grow in Christian unity, and become for our churches an ever-greater gift of healing of the scandal of disunity.

This site provides rich resources for this journey. Of these, the Journal, produced over a period of more than 10 years, and reflecting the experiences of interchurch families and the theology which undergirds their journey, must be counted among the most valuable.

The Interchurch Families International Discussion Group enables us to share joys and sorrows, to discuss ways of dealing with immediate issues which arise as a consequence of living our marital unity within churches which are divided.  Feel free to join.

Enjoy and, if you have comments or questions, please contact me, Ray Temmerman, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

   

Greeting from Pope John Paul II
to interchurch families, 27 July 2003

Many participants in the Second World Gathering of Interchurch Families went to Castel Gandolfo on Sunday 27 July 2003 to join other pilgrims when Pope John Paul II led them in praying the Angelus. He greeted a number of groups by name.

Speaking in French, the Pope gave a special welcome to interchurch families:

“Je vous salue, chers pélérins …. qui appartenez au groupe de foyers mixtes. En ce dimanche, jour du Seigneur, puissiez-vous puiser dans sa parole la force dont vous avez besoin pour votre vie quotidienne.
Avec la bénédiction apostolique.”

He asked that they may draw from the Word of God the strength they need for their daily journey, and gave them the apostolic benediction: