2017 Bilateral Dialogue Between The Baptist World Alliance and the World Methodist Council Concludes in Jamaica

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Members of the Baptist World Alliance and the World Methodist Council met February 1 to 8 at Runaway Bay Jamaica. The meeting was the fourth round of conversations of the international dialogue between Baptists and Methodists. The overall theme of the dialogue is faith working through love. The theme of the conversations this time centered on “Grace and faith : sung and preached, lived and shared”.  Participants discussed a range of papers on the works of piety and mercy, in worship and preaching, including hymnody, and in the outworking of faith in practice among Methodists and Baptists in Africa, Asia,

Prayers for Italy

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Rev. Dr. Tim Macquiban was preparing to attend the World Methodist Conference in Houston, Texas, when the massive 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Central Italy. Serving as director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office in Rome, he felt the tremors of the quake, and upon finding out that many from Rome and the nearby area were displace, injured or even killed during the quake, he was moved to write this prayer: Loving God, creator of the world and all that is in it. To you we turn in times of tragedy and distress, out of our human weakness, when the mountains shake

Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome (MEOR) is Launched

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The Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome (MEOR) was dedicated during an act of worship at Ponte Sant’ Angelo Methodist Church on Wednesday, 6 April. The service was attended by representatives of the Vatican and the Anglican Communion, and members of the diplomatic corps and other churches in Rome. Officers of the World Methodist Council, other members of the MEOR Stakeholders’ Forum, and the Chair of Churches Together in Rome read the scriptures and led the prayers; the Director of the Office, The Revd Dr Tim Macquiban was the preacher. Greetings were offered by Archbishop David Moxon (representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Holy See and Director

The Baptist World Alliance – World Methodist Council 2016 Bilateral Dialogue

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Members of the Baptist World Alliance and the World Methodist Council met February 3 to 10 at the Elstal Theological Seminary near Berlin. The meeting was the third round of conversations of the international dialogue between Baptists and Methodists. The overall theme of the dialogue is faith working through love. The theme of the conversations this time centered on “Making Disciples: Baptism and Christian Initiation.” Participants discussed two Bible studies by distinguished New Testament scholars on Matthew 28 led by Walter Klaiber, Methodist Bishop Emeritus, and Romans 6 by Carsten Claussen, of the Baptist School of Theology at Elstal. The

1 September – World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

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Pope Francis has asked Catholics and others throughout the world to pray this day and until the Feast of St Francis on 4th October for the care of creation, in line with his recent encyclical Laudato Si. According to a letter from the Pope announcing the annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, this time “offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvellous works that He has entrusted to our care, invoking his help

Methodists and Anglicans Celebrate Common Mission

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The launch of the Anglican Methodist International Commission on Mission in Unity (AMICUM) document, Into All the World, took place on Tuesday, March 17, in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, in the context of local diocesan celebrations of St Patrick’s Day. Bishop Harold Miller, Anglican co-Chair of AMICUM and Bishop of the Diocese of Down and Dromore, availed of the opportunity presented by the presence of Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury at the celebrations to highlight this final report of the Commission. During the annual pilgrimage walk from Saul (a site strongly associated with the national saint of Ireland) to Downpatrick Cathedral,

Anglican-Methodist Co-operation Plan Launched at Home of St Patrick

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By ACNS staff The Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury and World Methodist Council Vice President are to launch a publication that aims to overcome centuries of separate ministries of the two Christian traditions. Archbishop Justin Welby and Mrs. Gillian Kingston will be in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland—the home of St Patrick—on March 17, St Patrick’s Day, to launch Into All The World: Being and Becoming Apostolic Churches. The report, written by members of the Anglican-Methodist International Commission on Unity and Mission (AMICUM), highlights how Methodists and Anglicans have understood mission. It surveys places around the world where there is already active cooperation,

Methodists and Baptists Engage in Second International Dialogue

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Members of the Baptist World Alliance and the World Methodist Council met February 5 to 10 at the Covenant Community Methodist Church at Methodist Girls’ School, Singapore. The meeting was the second round of conversations of the international dialogue between Baptists and Methodists. The overall theme of the dialogue is faith working through love. The delegations were welcomed by Bishop Dr. Wee Boon Hup, of the Methodist Church in Singapore, and Rev. Edwin Lam, the Vice-Chairman of the Asia Pacific Baptist Federation. The theme of the conversations centered on the Faith confessed and remembered. Participants discussed presentations on the nature of

New Dialogue Between Methodists and Baptists

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After some years of negotiation, and a planning meeting in London, England, at the time of the recent World Methodist Council, the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) has agreed to form an international dialogue with Methodists.  The following statement of the aims was agreed: Having been sent by our Lord Jesus Christ to continue the mission of God in the world (Jn 20:21), as Baptist and Methodist Christians we desire the unity for which our Savior prayed so that the world may believe (Jn 17:21), and in believing find its life (Jn 3:16-17). In asking how we might manifest this oneness,