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TEC – United Methodist Dialogue on Full Communion Committee has issued a communique

TEC – United Methodist Dialogue on Full Communion Committee has issued a communique

The TEC – United Methodist Church Dialogue on Full Communion Committee met for two days. Following the meeting they have issued this communique;

April 27, 2016
Episcopalians and United Methodists met in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the third session of their Dialogue on Full Communion (25-27 April 2016). The ten committee members, along with staff from each church, shared in conversation, meals, prayer, and a celebration of the Eucharist. It was a time for building relationships between representatives of two sibling churches that have long desired to grow closer in common witness to the gospel of Christ and in mission for the healing of God’s world.

The dialogue session made substantive progress towards a proposal for full communion between The Episcopal Church and The United Methodist Church. Committee members continued to learn about the history, beliefs, practices, and ways of living as church that are found in each tradition. Many are shared in common by both traditions. Dialogue participants also discussed and appreciated our distinctiveness. Among these are the ways our churches have shaped their institutions and approaches to ministry appropriate to their particular missional contexts.

Dialogue participants shared their own questions with one another and began developing FAQs. Sharing answers to these queries will assist both churches as we grow closer in relationship with one another.

The next session will be held in October 2016.

Alongside their work as a Dialogue Committee, participants, noting the recent passage of House Bill 2 in the State Legislature of North Carolina, found themselves confronted with an example of the common challenges faced by all Christians as they work to faithfully give witness to the sacred dignity of all people. The Committee, in recognition of the harmful effects of the bill, stands with our Episcopal and United Methodist bishops in North Carolina, calling upon the legislature to repeal this discriminatory law.

The central point of Episcopalians and United Methodists working to strengthen their relationship with each other is faithfully and effectively to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and to work for the healing of a divided and suffering world.

Our gratitude goes to the Rev. James Howell and Myers Park United Methodist Church for their gracious hospitality.

The participants at the committee meeting were:

Bishop Frank Brookhart (Episcopal Co-chair)
Bishop Gregory Palmer (United Methodist Co-chair)

The Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey (United Methodist)
The Rev. Jordan Haynie Ware (Episcopal)
Dr. Deirdre Good (guest) (Episcopal)
The Rev. Dr. Robert J. Williams (United Methodist)
Bishop David Rice (Episcopal)
The Rev. Patricia Farris (United Methodist)
The Rev. Dr. Tom Ferguson (Episcopal)
Bishop Mary Ann Swenson (United Methodist)
The Rev. James Howell (United Methodist)

Staff: Dr. Glen Alton Messer (United Methodist), Ms. Jeanette Nunez (United Methodist), the Rev. Margaret Rose (Episcopal)

The photo and Communique were published on the TEC website.

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Scott Wesley Borden
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I am very glad that this dialogue seems to be moving forward - and very glad to see some familiar faces among the participants. It is an interesting thing about wine - which Methodists now, apparently, allow (though I don't think it is common) and grape juice - which seems to be allowed in some Episcopal places (though again, not common). I was raised in a pretty "high" Methodist environment so the Rite 1 service felt quite familiar (except the Methodist service is more CofE while ours has the Scottish accommodation).

But in some ways, moving to full communion with the UMC feels urgent to me since so many of my friends in the UMC are really being torn apart by issues of human sexuality. I think most folks are pretty much in the same place (perhaps a naive northeastern point of view) but the leadership of the UMC has had a hard time moving and is more constrained by virtue of being a world-wide church.

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Don Slatton
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Don Slatton

I like the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, and i do NOT believe in same sex marriage. I also want the Eucharist every day. Please let me know if either denomination feels this way

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Jean Lall
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Jean Lall

Do you want fries with that?

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MaryLou Scherer
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MaryLou Scherer

I feel your pain, I believe in isolating women during menstruation, having slaves and stoning adulterous women to death...neither denomination works for me

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JC Fisher
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JC Fisher

You might fit in well in an "Anglican-Use" Roman Catholic parish, Don. (Though I wish both of you would listen to the Holy Spirit, re holy equality for the Imago Dei-made-LGBT)

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Paul Woodrum
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In the mid 18th century, my Church of England ancestors arrived in Tidewater Virginia. Over the next century they moved west faster than the Episcopal Church and became Methodists through no fault of their own. I was baptized and reared in a high United Methodist Church -- Communion, Wesley order, like unto 1928 BCP, in the chapel at 8 a.m. on Sundays and at the 11 a.m. service on the first Sunday of the month -- not unlike the schedule at the low Episcopal church a few blocks away.

My freshman year in college, I led the way (though no family followed) back to our Anglican roots. I would welcome communion between the two denominations, though not some of Methodism's social stands, eg, no booze and no gay ordinands or marriage equality.

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William Bockstael
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William Bockstael

Now we need some dialogue with the Pastafarians...

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Charles Scheid
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Charles Scheid

The would lead to some awkward moments at the spaghetti dinner.

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Evan J. Anderson
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Evan J. Anderson

I didn't know about this dialogue, and I'm glad to hear about it! I was raised Methodist, but ten years ago, at the ripe old age of fifty-five, I received my confirmation into the Episcopal Church!

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