Welcome for major step in Anglican Methodist unity
19 November 2014
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference
have welcomed a major step towards in Anglican-Methodist unity.
Yesterday, the Church of England's General Synod debated
a report on the Covenant between the two Churches and voted
overwhelmingly in favour of its recommendations. The
recommendations, which include steps towards greater
interchangeability of ministries, were also overwhelmingly passed
by the Methodist Conference this summer.
The Revd Kenneth Howcroft, President of the Conference,
said: "It was very good to attend the Church of England's
General Synod to witness its debate on the JIC report 'The
Challenge of the Covenant'. The JIC's Co-Chairs Professor Peter
Howdle and Bishop Christopher Cocksworth made introductory speeches
that set the tone for a very positive and encouraging debate."
Vice-President Gill Dascombe added: "I am greatly encouraged to
hear that the General Synod, like the Conference, supported the
JIC's recommendations so strongly. We now look forward to further
developments in our covenant relationship with the Church of
England as we serve God and our communities together."
Professor Howdle's address to the synod can be found here.