Church of England, Methodists to consider full communion

Posted Jun 27, 2017

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of England and the Methodist Church in Britain are to consider proposals that would bring them into a new relationship of full communion, after a period of some 200 years of formal separation.

The proposals are presented in “Mission and Ministry in Covenant,” a joint report from the two churches’ faith and order bodies. It sets out how the Methodist Church could come to have bishops in the historic episcopate, and how ministers from one church could become eligible to serve in the other.

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Comments (2)

  1. Frank Jacobson says:

    Since the Wesleys remained Anglican clergy all their lives, it would seem logical for us to reunite.As I understood it, separation happened largely because the Anglican Church declined to consecrate bishops for Methodists, John Wesley wrote that he was in favor of celebration of the Lord’s Supper at least on every Sunday. Both Methodists and Anglicans departed from the practice. Anglicans have returned. I would be happy to see Methodists come back too.

  2. Tom Rightmyer says:

    Give thanks for Professor Geoffrey Wainwright, a British Methodist teaching at Duke Divinity School, who led in the Lima Declaration Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry and in the international Anglican Methodist dialogue – and helped form the North Carolina Episcopal United Methodist Dialogue which led to the American Episcopal United Methodist proposal for full communion. The US proposal is similar to the Episcopal Lutheran proposal and will require action by the next two Episcopal General Conventions and by the UMC General Conferences. The Church of Ireland also has a full communion and shared ministry agreement with the Irish Methodists.

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