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is the right touch?
About two years ago, the Church of England's Council for Christian Unity (CCU) and the Methodist Council agreed to form a successor body to the CCU Local Unity Panel (LUP) and the Methodist Committee for Local Ecumenical Development (CLED) to further the work of Unity in Mission.
The title “Methodist – Anglican Panel for Unity in Mission” (MAPUM) combines the three elements of:
- working together under the Covenant,
- sharing insights and attending to issues, and
- holding the dual imperatives of Unity and Mission with the conviction that neither can be fully addressed in isolation.
- Joint Implementation Commission: Report of meetings held in May and October
- Promotion of the Anglican Methodist Covenant – AMC website and other methods. The link takes you to a previous post, which explains this agenda item and requests information. Any comments you have are still helpful.
- Methodist – Church of England Single Congregation LEPs: Review of possible models of governance. This is a report of some of the issues that have come up around the new model constitution for Local Ecumenical Partnerships. I will post about these issues once things are clearer.
- Methodist Council – URC Mission Council report of joint meeting.
- Local Ecumenism Report - a long paper 'Local Unity in Mission' is in preparation for consideration by the Church of England's House of Bishops. I will post about this when it becomes available.
- Update and process
- Ecumenical Fresh Expressions. A paper 'Unity in Mission in Fresh Expressions' is to be discussed. It contrasts 'right touch' with 'light touch' ecumenism. This will be a topic for a later post.
- Origin and Developments of LEPs. A new paper covering the history of Local Ecumenical Partnerships. This too will be a theme for a future post.