Interchurch families (where the partners belong to different denominations – often a Roman Catholic and a Christian of another communion) are increasingly found all over the world. We have found that as we draw closer to Christ, we draw closer to each other, and to each other’s churches.
Today we are gathering in groups and Associations in various countries. We lend support to each other, share information, and discuss how to live the often painful and confusing situations arising out of the divisions in the churches. We also reach out to other interchurch families so they, too, may come to discover and celebrate the richness of each other’s traditions, a richness of our baptismal unity which we know from experience far exceeds the divisions.
Our lived examples of unity, and through the organization AAIF itself, serve to link all those families, groups, and Associations who are part of the IFIN so that together we may grow in Christian unity, and become for our churches an ever-greater gift of healing of the scandal of disunity.
It takes seriously both our marriage commitment to one another and the fact that two churches are represented in our family; by affirming at local, national and global levels the gifts of interchurch families and their potential as a catalyst for wider church unity. We are dedicated to find new ways of responding to Christ’s prayer that all may be one and, if you are involved in an interchurch marriage,may you discover a new source of encouragement and support for the vocation to which you have been called.