|Church Leaders Statement following EU Referendum|
In a spirit of unity, we the Church Leaders in Cumbria have been reflecting together upon the outcome of the EU Referendum and its ramifications.
Though we respect the will of our people, expressed at the ballot box, we recognise and regret the hurt and divisions that are being experienced. We pray that our county and country may move forward in a spirit of reconciliation and unity. We look for healing in relationships that have been tested by different views and we urge a continued welcome for all who live among us. We echo the calls of our national Church Leaders that we 'remain hospitable and compassionate builders of bridges and not barriers', 'work in this task with respect and civility, despite deep differences of opinion' and 'continue to keep our eyes open to the needs of the weak, in our own land and in the many poor and troubled countries around God's world'.
Bill Bewley, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Rt Rev Michael Campbell, Bishop of Lancaster (Roman Catholic)
Rev Andrew Dodd, Baptist Network Minister
Major Drew McCombe, Salvation Army Divisional Leader
Rev Sarah Moore, United Reformed Church Area President
Rt Rev James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle (Church of England)
Rev David Pitkeathly, Chair of Churches Together in Cumbria
Social Responsibility Forum (Church of Scotland)
Rev Richard Teal, President of Churches Together in Cumbria and Chair of Cumbria Methodist District