Ecumenical Partners

CCL works in partnership within Cumbria with the Anglican, Methodist, and United Reformed Church, and the Salvation Army. On 27th November 2016 representatives of the four churches signed a declaration of covenant partnership in which they affirmed:

“We believe that we are being called by God to realise more deeply our common life and mission, to share and respect the distinctive contributions of our traditions, and to bring about closer collaboration in all areas of witness and service.

For further information about the partner churches, please follow the links below:

United Reformed Church North West Synod

CCL’s working partnerships

Cumbria Theological Society

The Cumbria Theological Society was founded in 1992 as an ecumenical organisation with the purpose of stimulating theological reflection and exploring practical implications for the mission of the churches. It is run by a small steering group, with representatives from the Anglican, Methodist, Roman Catholic and URC churches.

Churches Together in Cumbria

Churches Together in Cumbria has 10 denominations in membership and supports almost 30 local Churches Together groups. We work and pray for the unity to which Jesus Christ calls us and for church engagement in justice and social action. To sign up to our monthly newsletter email Lucinda Kirby

Centre for Theology and Justice

The Centre for Theology and Justice is a collaborative initiative to encourage, support and make available the results of theological reflection on current issues of justice.

Durham University

Durham University – one of the UK’s leading universities for Theology and Religion – has been chosen to partner with the Church of England to validate ordination training of its ministers, lay and ordained, across England.The decision, which has been endorsed by the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, will see Durham build a strong relationship with the Church’s training institutes via its Department of Theology and Religion, which is ranked as the top Department of Theology and Religion in the country (Times Good University Guide 2013)

Durham, one of the UK’s foremost research-led universities, will be the Church of England’s single validation partner. The partnership will continue a long tradition of ordination training within Durham that stretches back more than a Century.

Durham is one of the few places in the world where vocational training is offered at an internationally respected level in Theology and Ministry from Certificate to Doctoral level.

The University also has a wealth of experience and expertise in ministerial education within Cranmer Hall (Church of England), and until recently, the Wesley Study Centre for Methodist ministerial training, and Ushaw College, the Catholic seminary.

The partnership will see the University actively engage with the Church’s staff and students to share and enhance research-led developments in ministerial training.

University of Cumbria

Cumbria Christian Learning is happy to be in a collaborative academic partnership with the University of Cumbria. The University of Cumbria is one of Britain’s newest universities, but it has a history of educating professionals going back over 150 years. It was formed in 2007 from Cumbria Institute of the Arts, St Martin’s College and the Cumbrian campus of UCLan. It has academic strengths in education, healthcare, sports, visual and performing arts, humanities, social science, law and criminology, science, outdoors, forestry and land studies.Its campuses are in Carlisle, Lancaster and Ambleside. The campuses are compact and situated within walking distance of the city centres. The great outdoors is on the university’s doorstep from city centre parks to National Parks and its clubs and societies help students to take advantage of all that the spectacular surroundings have to offer.

The university has a firm commitment to, and a history of, accessible higher education regionally, nationally and internationally. At the centre of the university’s mission is the provision of an accessible and outstanding student experience and it aims to ensure as many people as possible benefit from the transformational opportunities provided by higher education. This includes seeing many students from less advantaged backgrounds succeed in higher education.


As a partnership we commit ourselves and our churches:

to seek out every possible opportunity for joint initiatives, especially God for All, at local and county level in mission to all the people of Cumbria.

to work together to equip both lay and ordained ministry whenever possible, and to share that ministry wherever appropriate.

to continue the work of developing strategies whereby we optimise the use of our church buildings for the benefit of communities throughout the county.