Ecumenical Relationships

Chairperson: Rev. Dr. Tim Macquiban (Methodist Church in Britain)

To foster Methodist participation in the ecumenical movement and to promote the unity of Methodist witness and service. The World Methodist Council Ecumenical Relationships Committee engages in its mission in the following ways:

The Methodist Ecumenical Office in Rome

A joint initiative of World Methodist Council in cooperation with the Methodist Church in Britain and The United Methodist Church, this office is a resource in the city of Rome for the global Methodist family and helps facilitate Methodist relationships with the wider ecumenical community. See the Methodist Ecumenical Office in Rome page for more information and for annual reports.

Dialogues with other Communions

The Second Vatican Council caused an ecumenical revolution when it proposed conversations one-on-one with a wide range of other Christian churches, known as bilateral dialogues.  Multi-lateral conversations are familiar from the work of the World Council of Churches. The Roman Catholic-World Methodist Council one was among the earliest, beginning in 1967 and has produced reports every five years. In 2011  a digest of the previous 40 years’ results, Synthesis, was published.

In the recent past, dialogues with Lutherans and Reformed churches and the Salvation Army have been fruitful.

In 2015, the report of the Anglican-Methodist international dialogue, Into All The World, became available.

The first dialogue with the Baptist World Alliance began in 2013 and is continuing.

See Ecumenical Dialogues in the Resources section of our website for these and more reports.

Participation with World Ecumenical Bodies

A significant recent player in the ecumenical field is the Global Christian Forum, on which the World Methodist Council has a place. The Forum offers new opportunities for broadening and deepening encounters on the way to Christian unity. It especially promotes relationships between and among Christian churches and traditions which have not been in conversation with each other previously. Its Guiding Purpose is to be ‘an open space wherein representatives from a broad range of Christian churches and inter-church organisations, which confess the triune God and Jesus Christ as perfect in His divinity and humanity, can gather to foster mutual respect, to explore and address together common challenges.’ See their website http://www.globalchristianforum.org/.

The World Methodist Council also enjoys many times of celebration and consultation with other world churches, sending representatives to a variety of meetings and events, and in turn offering hospitality at Methodist occasions.

Pope Francis marks 50 years of Methodist-Catholic dialogue

Ecumenical Relationships, News & Events

This article was originally published at Vatican Radio http://en.radiovaticana.va/news. Pope Francis met with leaders of the World Methodist Council on Thursday, celebrating fifty years of dialogue between the two Churches. Noting that in the Old Testament, a golden jubilee was a moment to set slaves free, the pope said “we too have been freed from the slavery of estrangement and mutual suspicion”. Listen to Philippa Hitchen’s report:   After fifty years of patient dialogue, he said, “we are no longer strangers” but rather, through our shared Baptism, “members of the  household of God”. True dialogue, the pope continued, gives us courage to encounter one another

WMC Celebrate 50 Years of Methodist-Catholic Dialogue, Meets with Pope Francis

Ecumenical Relationships, News & Events, Press Releases

19 October 2017 — Rome, Italy A delegation consisting of the World Methodist Council (WMC) Steering Committee, Pastor Mirella Manocchio – President of L’Opera per le Chiese Evangeliche Metodiste in Italia (OPCEMI) , as well as members of the Methodist Roman Catholic International Commission for dialogue (MERCIC) met with Pope Francis in the Consistory Hall at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican, Rome. Bishop Ivan Abrahams, General Secretary of the World Methodist Council, delivered an address to the Pope, to which the Pope responded. Bishop Abrahams reflected on the occasion saying, “During this, our Golden Jubilee, 50 years of dialogue

Geneva Secretary Attends WCC Executive Committee

Ecumenical Relationships, News & Events

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, appointed Geneva Secretary for the 2016-21 quinquennium, recently attend the World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee on 7-9 June. This was the first meeting she attended representing the World Methodist Council in this role. Also attending the WCC Executive Committee meeting was Bishop Mary Ann Swenson from The United Methodist Church, serving as vice-moderator. The overarching theme of the meeting was that of “Unity.” This was stressed by WCC General Secretary Dr. Olav Fyske Tveit as he addressed the group, stating that WCC’s main objective is to advance visible unity, through prayer and common service to the

Reformed Churches Adopt Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification

Ecumenical Relationships, News & Events

The World Methodist Council (WMC) was present to witness the fourth world Christian body to adopt the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ) on 5 July at the 26th General Council of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) in Wittenberg, Germany. Looking on during the signing were WMC’s President, Rev. Dr. Jong Chun Park and General Secretary Ivan Abrahams. Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, WMC’s Geneva Secretary, was also present in the congregation. The WCRC signed the document, joining Catholics, Lutherans, and Methodists in confirming our shared witness to the Gospel. During the ceremony, the WCRC also signed a “Wittenberg Witness”

Celebrating the Life of Pauline Webb

Ecumenical Relationships, News & Events, Social & International Affairs

Dr. Pauline Webb, former Vice-President of the British Methodist Conference, and World Methodist Council member, passed away on 27 April 2017, at age 89.  Webb was the first woman vice-moderator of the World Council of Churches governing bodies, and was a pioneer for Women’s Ministry, raising the issue of women’s ordination at the 1959 British Methodist Conference.