Changes in West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire Ecumenical Council (WYEC) closed at the end of 2016 and on 1 January 2017 West Yorkshire Churches Together (WYCT) was born.
Church Leaders of the eleven Member Churches will continue to meet, as will Denominational Ecumenical Officers. The change 'reflects the desire of the leaders of Member Churches to respond to contemporary ecumenical needs in West Yorkshire'.
WYEC was publicly launched in 1987, building on the ecumenical co-operation that had been established between the Churches for many years. It has been at the forefront of national and regional thinking and practice on Christian unity, providing support for Churches Together groups, Local Ecumenical Partnerships and many initiatives in local ecumenism. It has provided opportunities for senior Church Leaders and Denominational Ecumenical Officers to meet together, to further relationships, and to plan strategically together. It has enabled the Church Leaders to be visibly united, speaking with one voice on issues of common concern.
West Yorkshire Churches Together will build on these solid foundations and the excellent work done by the Rev Dr Clive Barrett, Executive Secretary for the past ten years.
WYCT will be served by an Administrator, Deacon Nick Shields. Visit their new website for contact details.