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Apostolic succession extended to Methodist Church: The Church of England Newspaper, June 20, 2014 June 26, 2014

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The Church of Ireland has extended apostolic succession of the episcopal ministry to the Methodist Church of Ireland. On 11 June 2014 the Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Down and Dromore took part in the installation of the new President of the Methodist Church of Ireland, the Rev. Peter Murray, the superintendent of the North West Methodist circuit in Londonderry. Last month the Church of Ireland’s General Synod approved an agreement signed with the Methodist Church that provided for the interchangeability of clergy, allowing an ordained minister of either church to come under the discipline and oversight of the other. Methodist ministers may henceforth be considered for clerical positions within the Church of Ireland and the church’s presidents will be eligible for election as Church of Ireland bishops. The agreement states that the Methodist president, who is elected to an annual term, is recognised as an “episcopal minister” in the Church of Ireland. The agreement further recognizes past holders of the office as episcopal ministers also. In future, Church of Ireland bishops will take part in the installation ceremony of a Methodist president, and the Methodist president will take part in the consecration of a Church of Ireland bishop. The Irish Times reports there are an estimated 38,000 Methodists in Northern Ireland and 12,000 in the Republic of Ireland.

United chaplaincies for Queen’s University Belfast: The Church of England Newspaper, September 23, 2012 p 6. September 27, 2012

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Signing the Covenant at Queen’s University Belfast: back, from left: Rev John Alderdice, Methodist Chaplain at Queen’s; Prof Alan Hibbert, Chair, Church of Ireland Executive Committee; Rev Donald Ker, Methodist chair of the Chaplaincy Committee; Rev Barry Forde, Church of Ireland Chaplain at Queen’s. Front, L–R The Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, Bishop of Connor and Rev Heather Morris, Methodist District Superintendent. Photo: Church of Ireland Press Office

A Local Covenant Partnership has been signed between the Church of Ireland and the Methodist Church to amalgamate their chaplaincies at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Last week the Bishop of Connor Alan Abernethy and the District Superintendent of the Belfast Methodist Circuit the Rev Heather Morris signed on behalf of their churches, which will see a common worship, mission and outreach programmes, student centres and accommodation schemes for the two churches.

The Rev Barry Forde, vicar of Church of the Resurrection, Belfast and Anglican Chaplain at the university said he and Methodist Chaplain the Rev John Alderdice will be “forming a single Covenant Management Group to oversee the life, vision and mission of the Student Centre, and as such marks the end of the beginning of what we hope and pray will be a Spirit–filled, Christ–following, and God–glorifying future for the work of the Chaplaincies at Queens.”

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

Methodist “no” to homosexuality: The Church of England Newspaper, May 13, 2012 p 6. May 17, 2012

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Gay activists demonstrating at the Methodist General Assembly

The General Conference of the United Methodist Church has reaffirmed its teaching that same-sex relationships are “incompatible with Christian teaching.”

On 3 May 2012 delegates to the church assembly meeting in Tampa voted by a 60 per cent to 40 per cent margin to affirm the church’s traditional teaching in the Book of Discipline on human sexuality.  The Book of Discipline, Paragraph 161F states: “The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching.

As the vote was announced, gay activists clad in rainbow stoles took to the floor of the meeting in protest, temporarily suspending the proceedings.  Resolutions asking the General Conference to state that it disagrees over the issue of homosexuality were also defeated.

With approximately 8 million members, the Methodist Church is among the largest denominations in the United States.  However, almost half of its membership now resides overseas.  While the issue may be brought back to the next meeting of the General Conference in 2016, it is unlikely to pass as the American half of the church has been in decline while the overseas half has grown rapidly.

The vote not to repudiate its teachings on homosexuality follows recent moves by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church USA and the Episcopal Church to normalize homosexuality.

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

Antipodean Churches take unity steps: CEN 6.01.09 June 1, 2009

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Covenants of fellowship pledging renewed bonds of Christian fraternity have been endorsed by the Church of New Zealand and the Methodist Church and the Diocese of Brisbane and the Roman Catholic Church.

On May 29, the Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, Archbishop Phillip Aspinall of Brisbane and Roman Catholic Archbishop John Bathersby of Brisbane and Bishop William Morris of Toowomba will endorse a covenant of friendship and cooperation at an evensong service at St Stephen’s Cathedral.

The covenant document, entitled “A Celebration of Our Common Sesqui-Centenary and a Signing of the Anglican and Roman Catholic Covenant” marks the 25th anniversary of Brisbane’s first common declaration of cooperation between Anglicans and Roman Catholics.

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Antipodean Churches take unity steps

Unity talks with Methodists held: CEN 1.31.09 p 6. January 31, 2009

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Visible corporate reunion was the topic of the first meeting this month of the Anglican-Methodist International Commission for Unity in Mission. Organized by the Anglican Consultative Council and the World Methodist Council, the dialogue commission met the week of Jan 11 in Mexico City at the offices of the Anglican Diocese of Mexico.

Chartered in November 2007 by the Anglican-Methodist International Consultation, the commission seeks to advance the “full visible unity of the Church of Christ” and to “monitor and resource relations between Anglicans and Methodists” that would meet this goal, a press statement said.

The Anglican delegation, led by the Bishop of Down and Dromore, the Rt. Rev. Harold Miller, and their Methodist counterparts reviewed local and regional relations between the two churches, and proposed an agenda for its next meeting in February 2010. “The members of the Commission left the meeting with enthusiasm about the work to be done, and the possibility of the reconciliation of our two traditions,” the press statement reported.

Scottish unity plan: CEN 10.12.07 p 9. October 13, 2007

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The Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway and the Glasgow Circuit of the Methodist Church have signed an ecumenical covenant to provide common worship in Dumfries.

The rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Dumfries will be licensed as an Associate Methodist Minister and the parish will be listed in both the Methodist and Scottish Episcopal Church directories.  St. John’s will “provide a place of worship for those seeking not only to witness in the Episcopal but also in the Methodist tradition.”

The Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Bishop Idris Jones of Glasgow stated that it was “good to be part of this development with the Methodist Church. Taking a small step here will encourage us to explore partnership wherever Christians are neighbours”;

The Covenant pledges the Diocese and the Methodist Church to “widen our Ecumenical Partnership to invite and include all other Churches in Dumfries, wherever possible, so that our working together may be as wide as possible and our diversity not hindered by ongoing dis-union and rivalry.”