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Church Assembly’s road to MECCA

26 July 2013


From the Very Revd Robert Jeffery

Sir, - Canon David Winter is correct (Diary, 19 July). MECCA was the Missionary and Ecumenical Council of the Church Assembly, and was set up on 1 January 1964.

It was the amalgamation of the Council for Ecumenical Co-operation and the Overseas Council of the Church Assembly. The chairman was Sir Kenneth Grubb, and the dynamic secretary was Canon David Paton.

I joined the staff on its first day. Since the recent death of the Revd Barry Till, I am now the only person alive who was there in those early days.

But it is quite right that the title would never be considered today.

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