Ecumenical working in Cumbria has a long and committed history, encouraged through the umbrella organisation of Churches Together in Cumbria: https://www.churchestogethercumbria.org.uk/. Supported by many denominations and guided by its President and a small Executive consisting of other officers and representatives who collectively form the trustees, Churches Together in Cumbria (CTiC):
In 2011, from within and alongside CTiC and from prayer and developing relationships between Church leaders and others, the Church of England, and the Methodist and United Reformed Churches in the County agreed a covenantal partnership to establish the country's very first 'Ecumenical County'. Formally, this became a 'Covenanted Partnership in Extended Area' (or 'CPEA').
In 2015, this commitment developed into the 'God for All' initiative, a commitment to reach out in mission to all those who lived in the county. ('God for All' was a title, initiative, program and commitment adopted in Cumbria prior to the term being used, with permission, by the Methodist Connexion in connection with its Evangelism and Growth Strategy; for the Cumbrian God for All initiative and resources see: https://godforall.org.uk/, including the updating Blog posts).
ln 2016, the three 'Covenant Partners' renewed their commitment, being now joined also by the Salvation Army, and supported by four 'Companion' denominations (the North West Baptist Association, the Church of Scotland, the Religious Society of Friends, and the Roman Catholic Church). A copy of the 2021 Declaration of Partnership and Companionship is attached below.
In 2020, following a wide consultation, the God for All Vision Refresh established four overarching themes or priorities, that we seek to:-
(The four adverbs can be interchanged for the four themes/priorities: follow/care/speak/tread – daily/deeply/boldly/gently, emphasising that they are interconnected and mutually informing in a similar way to the Methodist Church's four Our Calling themes.)
From 2021 onwards, the GfA vision and strategies have been further developed through a commitment to:-