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.

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.

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

Ecumenical Relationships, News & Events

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

Ecumenical Relationships, News & Events

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