Statement on the conflict in Ukraine
15 March 2022
CTE Forum is the broadest gathering of churches and Christian organisations in England,
gathering 52 national member churches, Christian organisations and intermediate
ecumenical bodies. Meeting at The Hayes, Swanwick on 14 – 16 March 2022, the Ukrainian
crisis was an urgent priority alongside its planned programme considering ‘Reconciling Hope
— A Broken Church for a Broken World’.
The Presidents of CTE and the Fourth Presidency Group made this statement on behalf of
the whole of Forum.
As 300 delegates from 52 national Member Churches, numerous Christian organisations and
ecumenical bodies from across England, we call for the immediate cessation of hostilities,
the withdrawal of invading forces and the observance of the Geneva Conventions.
In this holy season of Lent, we call upon churches everywhere to campaign for an immediate
end to the war in Ukraine, and to proclaim the dignity of every human life, whatever its
We welcome and commend the extraordinary efforts of countries neighbouring Ukraine in
receiving refugees from the war and call on the UK and the whole of Europe to follow their
example. We support every measure to protect the most vulnerable.
We commit ourselves to pray for the nations of Russia and Ukraine, our own Government
and people, and for all who find themselves refugees, or bereaved, wounded or destitute.
May Christ have mercy upon our world.
Rev Dr Paul Goodliff
General Secretary of Churches Together in England
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Bishop Mike Royal
Incoming General Secretary of Churches Together in England
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Notes to editors:
Churches Together in England (CTE) is the national ecumenical instrument supporting and
encouraging churches from a wide range of traditions to work together in unity. CTE brings
together 52 national Member Churches. With churches drawn from the Anglican, Catholic,
Pentecostal, Charismatic, Orthodox and Lutheran traditions, as well as Free Churches,
Quakers and others. CTE unites one of the broadest range of churches in the whole of
Europe. Read more about CTE.
CTE Forum takes place every three years. It was postponed from 2021 due the Coronavirus