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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..

   

Eileen Finch writes:

I thought you might be interested in seeing a copy of Aidan's baptism service. He was baptised in the Catholic church by his grandfather (Derek's father) who is an ordained auxiliary minister in the United Reformed Church. The parish priest was delighted with the idea and very helpful. He had had practice when he helped an Anglican bishop baptise his grandchild in his former parish. We had a super day with two sets of godparents, two married couples, one Catholic and one URC.

Update

We rejoice with Derek and Eileen, and also note that Aidan's baptism requires our baptism centrepiece to be updated. (The 1984 edition was reprinted last year; it is still the centrepiece most in demand.) In 1984 we wrote: "We still know of no case in Britain where an Anglican priest has been recognised as the minister of baptism in a Catholic church (though this has been experienced by AIF members abroad)." In fact this happened a while ago now, and in Aidan's case it was a URC minister, his grandfather, who was the minister of baptism in the Catholic church.

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