A cuppa and a chat could help cool Brexit tempers, say Archbishops

The Church of England has called for communities to join together for tea, cake, chat and prayer as Brexit discussions reach fever pitch.

Churches are being asked to host informal café-style meetings over this weekend to bring together people of all standpoints and encourage open discussion.

Backed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, newly-commissioned resources invite people to "get together and chat over a cup of tea and pray for our country and our future".

Under the slogan "together", the packs include specially-chosen Bible passages, new prayers and prompt questions to start conversations.

Questions for those attending include: "What effect has Brexit had in your family relationships, friendships etc and if you disagreed, has it been possible to disagree well?" and "What are the three main things we have in common that we can build on for a better future as a community and as a nation?"

Introductory notes for those taking part urge respect for the integrity of differently held positions, encouraging communities which feel the same about the issues to use their imagination to consider the viewpoints of those who feel differently.

The packs also include flyers, graphics for social media, and invitations which can be personalised for local use.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said: “St Paul advises and urges Timothy to ‘offer petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings for everyone, for sovereigns, and for all in high office so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life, free to practice our religion with dignity. Such prayer is right, and approved by God our Saviour, whose will it is that all should find salvation and come to know the truth…’ (1 Timothy 2:2 ff). Beloved in Christ, let us also pray without ceasing.”

The resources, which have been prepared by the Church of England’s Liturgical Commission and Mission and Public Affairs teams can be downloaded from churchofengland.org/together 

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