Image via WikipediaKen Howcroft, the Connexional Ecumenical Officer, made a presentation at a meeting of the Connexional Team's Strategic Leaders and Cluster Heads on 16 December 2010. An outline follows. It is a useful summary of Connexional ecumenical activity.
The (other) Lord’s Prayer
“May they 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… I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me… May they be with me where I am to see my glory” John 17:21-4
Priorities for the Methodist Church
In partnership with others wherever possible, the Methodist Church will concentrate its prayers, resources, imagination and commitments on this priority:
- to proclaim and affirm its conviction of God’s love in Christ, for us and for all the world; and
- to renew confidence in God’s presence and action in the world and in the Church
Churches should act together in all matters except those in which deep differences of conviction compel them to act separately.
- All together in each place
- Worship and Mission
- Holy Church, wholly Church, not the whole of the Church
- Conference 2009
See Ken's post on 29 October 2010
Current Situation and Future Scenarios
- Anglican Methodist Covenant
- United Reformed Church (URC) - Methodist joint resolution. See eight posts about the consultation held in April 2010 starting here and two posts about the October joint meeting of Methodist Council and URC Mission Council
- EMU and Welsh Covenant
- Church of England, Methodist, URC - more about this later
- Roman Catholic
- New Churches and Movements
What does ecumenical working mean in:
- inter-religious contexts?
- inter-confessional contexts?
- within our confessional context?