Archbishop of York announced as Church Urban Fund Co-President

Date Posted: Feb 28, 2024.

We are delighted to announce that The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York has joined Church Urban Fund as Co-President alongside The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

Archbishops Justin and Stephen are committed to the work of Church Urban Fund (CUF) in its mission to build communities where the spiritual and material needs of people across the country are met, and where everyone feels connected, valued, and loved.

The Archbishop of York has actively supported CUF to inspire and engage churches with social action and mobilise local leaders that serve. Archbishop Stephen has taken part in our Growing Good movement which has mobilised over 1,660 Christians to explore discipleship and social action in their church and communities.

Archbishop Stephen said, “I am delighted to join Church Urban Fund as Co-President. Church Urban Fund and I share its big vision. It’s for a society where everyone can access the resources, confidence, and community they need to thrive. It’s for a Church that is vibrantly fulfilling its mission to form disciples who love their neighbours. I hope to continue to support Church Urban Fund’s work to achieve this vision and welcome people and churches across the country to join us.”

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CUF’s CEO, Bishop Rob Wickham said: “We are thrilled to announce Archbishop Stephen’s Co-Presidency. Archbishop Stephen will join Archbishop Justin Welby in this vital role, supporting our mission to tackle poverty in all its forms and ensure everyone can access a community of support. The commitment of both our Presidents to ecumenism further encourages our work across England, and we hope our partnership encourages more churches and people to consider how they too can work together in communities affected by poverty and isolation, but also by hope.”

Archbishop Justin Welby said: “I’m delighted to support CUF and its mission to love God and our communities, with nobody left out. It is vital that churches and individuals are equipped with the tools to respond to their local needs effectively and with compassion, and I would encourage Christians to pray for and support CUF’s work.”

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