Image via WikipediaThis is the third of 5 posts introducing the ecumenical section of the Methodist Church website. I suggest you open the site in another tab so that you can see what I'm writing about. Relationships with Other Denominations can be accessed directly, or if you go to the website home page, click on Ecumenism under Open to the World. Click on Ecumenical Information and then on Ecumenism in UK and Ireland, which should bring you here.
This section explores ecumenism as it relates to the four nations that make up the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. The first link is to Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. This page therefore reflects the structure of the ecumenical instruments.
The pages for England, Scotland and Wales each include a number of links specific to those countries. There are also some shared links, notably to resources available to all three countries. Bill Reid has offered to take on developing the Scotland pages and I'm hoping to find a writer for Wales.
To find technical information about formal ecumenical arrangements, go to the pages for your own country and search for the information you require. The link marked Resources is common to all three countries. If you follow the link, you will find a number of useful technical resources for the Methodist Church.
The Guidance Notes for District Chairs and District Officers, inside the Resources page, comprise an overview of the basics of local ecumenism. It is worth exploring. The notes are up to date and will be kept up to date. They are designed so that pages on a single topic can be printed, duplicated and circulated.
The pages on Ireland point to basic information. Ecumenical arrangements cover both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. They are included so the picture is complete. The British Methodist Church does not cover Ireland and so there are no resources. Explore the Irish websites for more information.
Please comment on these pages below. I will respond to comments on or soon after 24 August 2010, when I return from leave.