08 July 2009

Methodists celebrate their shared identity with all Christians

The Methodist Church has reiterated its commitment to ecumenical relationships at its annual Conference in Wolverhampton.

A vision statement received by the Conference stated that the Methodist Church would commit itself to worshiping, learning and working with other Christians wherever and whenever possible.

Christine Elliott, Secretary for External Relationships, said: "This is about sharing the Christian gospel together with partner Churches to make a difference in the 21st century and expressing our identity as Methodists in new ways."

The vision statement voices a commitment to pray and worship with people from other Churches regularly. It also affirms the Church's dedication to learning with other Christians about common faith and heritage in order to support mutual growth.

The vision statement will be made available to local churches to encourage them in ecumenical working and help them to share resources for worship and mission.

The report also acknowledged the Methodist Church's commitment to other denominations in particular its covenant relationship with the Church of England and Churches in Wales. The report was focused on the British context but also affirmed the continuing development of partner church relationships worldwide.

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