Christian unity is founded on the theological understanding that
through faith in Jesus Christ we are made members-in-common of the one
body of Christ. Christian unity is not an option; it is a gift to be
received and expressed.
United Methodists respond to the
theological, biblical, and practical mandates for Christian unity by
firmly committing ourselves to the cause of Christian unity at local,
national, and world levels. We invest ourselves in many ways by which
mutual recognition of churches, of members, and of ministries may lead
us to sharing in Holy Communion with all of God's people.
that denominational loyalty is always subsumed in our life in the
church of Jesus Christ, we welcome and celebrate the rich experience of
United Methodist leadership in church councils and consultations, in
multilateral and bilateral dialogues, as well as in other forms of
ecumenical convergence that have led to the healing of churches and
We see the Holy Spirit at work in making the unity among us more visible.
we have entered into serious interfaith encounters and explorations
between Christians and adherents of other living faiths of the world.
Scripture calls us to be both neighbors and witnesses to all peoples.
Such encounters require us to reflect anew on our faith and to seek
guidance for our witness among neighbors of other faiths. We then
rediscover that the God who has acted in Jesus Christ for the salvation
of the whole world is also the Creator of all humankind, the One who is "above all and through all and in all" (Ephesians 4:6).
people bound together on one planet, we see the need for a
self-critical view of our own tradition and accurate appreciation of
other traditions. In these encounters, our aim is not to reduce
doctrinal differences to some lowest common denominator of religious
agreement, but to raise all such relationships to the highest possible
level of human fellowship and understanding.
We labor together
with the help of God toward the salvation, health, and peace of all
people. In respectful conversations and in practical cooperation, we
confess our Christian faith and strive to display the manner in which
Jesus Christ is the life and hope of the world.
Book of Discipline, 2008 paragraph 104 pages 84-85