The Office exists to offer a resource in the city of Rome for the global Methodist family and to help facilitate Methodist relationships with the wider ecumenical community. The Office is under the direction of the Revd. Dr Tim Macquiban, who is a minister in the Methodist Church of Britain.
In his role as director, he relates to the World Methodist Council, the Ecumenical Officer of the Methodist Church of Britain, and the European Methodist Council. For these and MCB he represents Methodist interest in and development of relationships with other churches in Rome. He is a member of both Councils and also the World Methodist Committee and the British Methodist-Roman Catholic dialogue.
This is done both formally and informally, through conversations with those also engaged in and responsible for ecumenical work in Rome, particularly the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity at the Vatican, with the International Anglican Centre Rome, with Caravita, the Centro Pro Unione, the Lay Centre and ecclesial communities and colleges and universities where theological studies include interest in ecumenism and ecclesiology, as well as practical social action and shared worship through Churches Together in Rome.
Increasingly ways are being explored of how closer relationships can be developed between centres and places of worship, particularly through:
- Sharing in worship, in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and during Lent
- Moving forward in mission
- To pilgrims and visitors to Rome
- In our mutual understanding of our different traditions in Christian education
- Through study courses and programmes to which each centre contributes in teaching and in learning
- Through shared use of space and resources where appropriate
- Working for peace and justice in God`s world
- Identifying projects we might together support eg some particular local work with groups to be agreed
- Identifying issues on which we might work together eg human trafficking
For more information about the Ponte Sant`Angelo Church, please go to www.methodistchurchrome.com website