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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..

   
The Editors,
The Prairie Messenger &
Catholic New Times

As a Catholic and Anglican interchurch couple, my wife and I worship together on alternate Sundays in the two churches which gave us spiritual birth and nurtured us in our faith journies. In the last couple of weeks at St. Thomas’s Anglican, and again at St. John’s Catholic, we have been struck by the Gospel reading (Mk 10:2-16).

Christ clearly states something that we have both experienced: namely, that two individuals come together in marriage and, by the grace of God, are made one. He goes on to state that what God has thus joined together, no one is to put asunder.

Then, elsewhere in the Gospels, Christ also tells us that unless one eats of the flesh and drinks of the blood of the Son of Man, one cannot have life within.

This ‘one’ that God has created then wonders: where is this ‘one’ to worship; to take and eat the body of Christ; to take and drink His blood? In the Anglican church? In the Catholic church? Where is the justification for implying and at times clearly stating that the non-Catholic member of that ‘one’ cannot be invited to receive at the Lord’s table in the Catholic community? How many more Sundays must that one whom God has joined together be put asunder - and how can such sundering continue to be justified in the name of a lack of unity, a unity which the Church proclaims (and we believe) that God has already effected in the sacrament of marriage?

Sincerely,

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