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I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.


As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.


-- John 17:20-21, NRSV

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The Episcopal Church-United Methodist Church Dialogue Committee on Full Communion

June 2, 2015

Council of Bishops Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships

 

 

Communiqué

NEW YORK – The Episcopal Church-United Methodist Church Dialogue Committee on Full Communion met at the United Methodist Building in Washington, DC from May 26-28, 2015. The United Methodist Church’s Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships hosted this conversation with support

 from the Episcopal Church’s Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations. Bishop Gregory Palmer and the Right Reverend C. Franklin Brookhart co-chaired the Dialogue Committee meeting.  

 

Following a welcome by the Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society (headquartered at the United Methodist Building), the Committee reviewed the work of previous dialogue conversations, which began in 2002 and resulted in an Interim Eucharistic Sharing Agreement in 2006. Over the course of three days of prayer, conversation, deliberation, fellowship, and long-term planning, the Committee adopted a Memorandum of Understanding to guide its work through December 2017. Conversations took place amidst a spirit of mutual respect, good humor, authenticity to our shared and different traditions, openness to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and deepening Christian friendship.

 

Building on an earlier committee’s affirmation that there are no church-dividing obstacles to the ratification of a full communion relationship, the Dialogue Committee received an internal document entitled Assist Us to Proclaim the Gospel: A Proposal for Full Communion.

 

The Dialogue Committee committed itself to study of the existing full communion relationships enriching the life of each church, and looked in particular at a 2014 document proposing the recognition of a full communion relationship between United Methodists and the Northern and Southern provinces of the Moravian Church.

 

In its next meetings, the Dialogue Committee will agree to the content of resolutions to be submitted to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church and the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. The Committee will also seek to identify and encourage local expressions of existing unity in mission between Episcopalians and United Methodists—in congregations, theological education, advocacy, worship, and service. To these ends, the Committee agreed to a practice of coordinated and regular communication about its work through appropriate channels in each church, including a common social media strategy and the release of communiqués.


Respectfully submitted,

Richard J. Mammana, Jr.

Ecumenical and Interreligious Associate

The Episcopal Church

  

Glen Alton Messer, II

Associate Ecumenical Staff Officer

The United Methodist Church

 
 
 
North American Academy of Ecumenists
 The North American Academy of Ecumenists invite you to participate in the realizing the gift of unity with which Jesus Christ establishes the church and by which the Holy Spirit sustains it. The annual conference is open to all who are interested and involved in ecumenical work.

The Academy features presentations from leading theologians and ecclesiastics on the ecumenical issues of the day. Its membership includes teaching theologians, church officials, and clergy, religious and laity actively pursing Christian unity.

NAAE membership provides a subscription to the Journal of Ecumenical Studies in which conference presentations are published. Membership also helps support the expenses of the essay contest and providing the conference at the end of September.

The membership period follows an academic year of June through May, while the JES subscription is a calendar year beginning in January. Each annual volume includes four separate issues, one per season, with NAAE papers appearing in either the Summer or Fall issue; roughly a year after presentation.      

 Click here for full details.

 

 

 
Berlin's Ecumenical Interfaith Room of Silence: A Symbol of Peace and Harbinger of Hope
 By Donald E. Messer*

Amid the distracting noise in the heart of bustling Berlin, Germany, exists an ecumenical, interfaith Room of Silence where people from around the world stop to pray and meditate.

Located within the famed Brandenburg Gate, where opposing military forces and political ideologies clashed until the Berlin Wall collapsed in 1989, the Room of Silence was created as a symbol of peace and inclusiveness for all people.

Persons are encouraged to enter without fear.  A statement of purpose invites individuals to "remain in silence, . . . relax, gain strength for daily life, . . . meditate and to feel gratitude . . . ."  The sponsors say the room is "a symbol .  . . to tolerance and the brotherhood of humanity embracing all nationalities and ideologies, a continuous reminder against violence and xenophobia .  .  . a small step towards peace and spiritual unity.” 
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Pulpit Exchange to Encourage Unity

 As an active participant in Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC) the United Methodist Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships (OCUIR) recommends United Methodist pastors share in a pulpit exchange with our CUIC partners.  The hope is such an exchange will enliven visible unity among the churches and celebrate the journey we are taking together.  Such exchanges would be between the following faith communions: The African Methodist Episcopal Church, The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), The Christian Methodist Church, The Episcopal Church, The International Council of Community Churches, The Moravian Church (Northern Province), The Presbyterian Church (USA), The United Church of Christ and The United Methodist Church.  The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is also a partner in mission and dialogue and may be included. CUIC suggests the exchanges take place during the Easter Season (between now and Pentecost on May 24) and between the International Day of Prayer for Peace (September 21) and World Communion Sunday (October 4), remembering any non-United Methodist preacher should be approved in advance by the local District Superintendent. 

 

Click here for suggestions for implementing Churches Uniting in Christ. 

 

 

 

 
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