Episcopalians, United Methodists plan vision statement
3/3/2003 News media contact: Linda Bloom · (646) 369-3759 · New York
By United Methodist News Service
A vision statement is being prepared for the dialogue between the United Methodist and Episcopal churches.
Methodist Bishop William Oden of Dallas and Episcopal Bishop John
Lipscomb, Diocese of Southwest Florida, who serve as the dialogue's
co-chairmen, will meet, along with staff, in March to develop the
The first formal bilateral dialogue between the two
denominations was established by the 2000 United Methodist General
Conference, with an initial meeting last July. The Commission on
Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns is a sponsoring agency for
Team members had a second meeting Feb. 6-8 at St.
Mary Seminary's Center for Continuing Formation in Baltimore. The Rev.
Ephraim Radner gave a presentation on the understandings of authority in
the Episcopal Church, and the Rev. Betty Gamble did the same for the
United Methodist Church.
Thomas Ferguson presented a paper on the
ecclesiology of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, and
the Rev. Russell Richey spoke about the development of Methodist
A second major focus of the February meeting was an
exploration of documents containing previous agreements and
convergences with others that each communion has found, such as The
Porvoo Common Statement; Called to Common Mission; Baptism, Eucharist
and Ministry; Sharing in the Apostolic Communion; Fellowship of Grace;
and British Methodist-Church of England proposed covenant documents.
dialogue teams will meet again in the summer. Besides Oden, United
Methodist team members are the Rev. Trey Hall of Glenview, Ill.; the
Rev. Lucia Guzman of Denver; the Rev. Diedre Kriewald of Wesley
Theological Seminary in Washington; the Rev. Erica Jenkins of St.
Martinville, La.; and Richey, of Candler School of Theology in Atlanta.
The Rev. Bruce Robbins, the commission's chief executive, serves as
Episcopal team members are the Rev. David Bird of
Washington; the Rev. Lois Boxill of Philadelphia; the Rev. Theodora
Brooks of New Rochelle, N.Y.; the Rt. Rev. Robert Ihloff of Baltimore;
the Rev. Bruce Mullin of General Theological Seminary in New York;
Patricia Page of Durham, N.C.; and Radner of Pueblo, Colo. The church's
ecumenical officer is the Rt. Rev. C. Christopher Epting of New York.
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