UMC bishops ponder full communion with Episcopal Church

 

[caption id="attachment_9379" align="aligncenter" width="582"] Bishop Gregory V. Palmer presents "A Gift to the World," a draft proposal to establish full Communion relationship with The Episcopal Church, to the Council of Bishops during their spring 2017 meeting in Dallas, Texas.[/caption] WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Methodist Church is studying a draft proposal to establish full Communion relationship with The Episcopal Church, a significant step toward bringing the two churches into a closer, visible unity. Bishop Gregory V. Palmer of the Ohio West Episcopal Area and Bishop B. Michael Watson, the Council of Bishops Ecumenical Officer, presented the proposal during the ecumenical report at the Council of Bishops spring meeting in Dallas, Texas. “Over the coming months the dialogue team, co-chairs, and ecumenical staff will solicit input from our bishops, ecumenical networks, and other bodies before developing this draft into an official resolution to be acted upon by our respective legislative bodies,” Bishop Palmer, who is co-chair of The Episcopal-United Methodist Dialogue Committee, told his fellow bishops. Bishop Palmer and his Episcopal Church counterpart, Bishop C. Franklin Brookhart, today (May 17, 2017) issued a letter to accompany the draft proposal entitled A Gift to the World, to share the progress about the relationships formed over these years of dialogue. “We hope you will join us in seeing this proposal as cause for celebration, giving us great hope that our churches might soon live into Jesus’ command that all his followers may be one,” the letter said. Read the full letter from Bishop Palmer and Bishop Brookhart. Read the full document A Gift to the World.

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CHURCH LEADERSHIP

Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources

eLEAD

Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians

DISCIPLE FORMATION:

Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations

WESLEYAN STUDIES:

Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology

REACHING PEOPLE:

Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging

RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:

Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children

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The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment

 

 

 

 

 

 

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