On Tuesday evening I was at Westminster Abbey for a service in which the United Reformed Church and the Church of England sought to heal memories and to make a commitment to joint working. It was in the turbulent mid-seventeenth century that many were forced to leave the Church of England in a move that became known as the Great Ejection. Those who refused to conform with the way set down to do and be church - non-conformists - had to find new places where they could worship.
This is also the 40th anniversary of the formation of the United Reformed Church in 1972, a union that was marked with a uniting service in Westminster Abbey. There are still many things that divide us, and we need to continue to find genuine ways to demonstrate our unity in Christ.