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Welcome to the website of the Interchurch Families International Network.

(Feature article can be found below.)
 

This site provides rich resources for the journey to Chrtistian unity which interchurch families live. 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..

   

I hope to encourage you today, said Mgr Donnelly, Vicar-General of the Brentwood diocese, as he came to address the AIF winter meeting at Heythrop on the 'pastoral care of interchurch couples'.

It was indeed an encouraging day. We caught the vision of God as Creator who is creating all the time. We saw the family unit as the first sign to us of God's presence in the world, for the first way we experience the unconditional love of God is in the touch and voice of our mother and father. We saw marriage in its natural reality and above all in its sacramental aspect: the joining together of two anointed and consecrated people - woman and man together in marriage as a manifestation of the Trinity. We were reminded that marriage is for mutual sustaining, healing and enabling of grawth.

We saw the particular richness and suffering of interchurch marriages in the now of today's church - affected by past history but able to affect tomorrow. We saw our marriages as for one another - of course - but also for our churches, and even beyond that, for our world.

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