AUXILIARY Bishop Anthony Hitchen of Liverpool used the theme of the Pentecost to urge church unity in an address to the Lancashire Church Leaders' Covenant Service last Sunday.
"The first Pentecost found the disciples of the Lord 'together in one place' and then filled with the Holy Spirit they were able to go out and proclaim Christ's resurrection to men of every tongue. We humbly pray that we may follow in their footsteps here in Lancashire", he said.
He emphasised the need for reconciliation and referred to the example of people who were enemies during the world wars and who now "have acknowledged each others' existence".
However, despite the gestures of friendship which had been offered and accepted by the individual Christian churches, Bishop Hitchen described cooperation as "merely transitional". He continued: "We have not arrived at that union to which we are called. We have only committed ourselves to the journey together. The road still lies ahead."