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first_img Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Press Release Service Episcopal Office of Public Affairs Rector Smithfield, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Press Release Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books During their meeting April 29-30, 2019 at First United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas, the members of The Episcopal Church – United Methodist Dialogue Committee agreed to send a resolution for full communion to be considered by the Council of Bishops and for possible consideration by the 2020 General Conference of The United Methodist Church.“We acknowledge that the decisions of the 2019 Special Session of the United Methodist General Conference have deepened divisions within The UMC and introduced sharp and as yet unanswered questions about the prospects for full communion between our churches,” the members said in a statement released today. “And yet, we believe that what we are experiencing in the various crises of our denominational life is the birth pangs of something remarkable, something new. We believe that the forces of polarization, mistrust, and animosity in our society and in our ecclesial life will not have the last word.”Below is the full statement from the Committee.The members of The Episcopal Church – United Methodist Dialogue Committee met together April 29-30, 2019 at First United Methodist Church, Austin in Austin, TX.  Since its beginning in 2002, this dialogue committee has been seeking to discern God’s will regarding how our churches might embody a new kind of public witness to the unity of Christ’s body.  These talks have continued for more than 80 years through many national and ecclesial challenges.  By confronting serious matters of theological distinction as well as historical challenges related to race, class and the hardening of denominational identities, the members of this dialogue committee in its various rounds have held out hope that the people called Methodists and the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement might embrace one another in the fellowship of communion, publicly acknowledging our mutual sharing in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and formally recognizing one another’s members, ordained ministries, and sacraments.In Austin we decided through deep and honest conversation to continue on this path toward full communion by submitting a resolution to that effect to be considered by the United Methodist Council of Bishops and potentially forwarded to the United Methodist General Conference in May 2020.  We do not make this decision naively and are fully cognizant of the hard realities our churches face.  We feel the pain and inexpressible weight of discrimination that is the burden of LGBTQ Christians whose lives are so often objectified, debated, dismissed.  We acknowledge that the decisions of the 2019 Special Session of the United Methodist General Conference have deepened divisions within The UMC and introduced sharp and as yet unanswered questions about the prospects for full communion between our churches.  The road map to unity between our denominations looks different now than it did two years ago when we first introduced “A Gift to the World” to our churches.And yet, we believe that what we are experiencing in the various crises of our denominational life is the birth pangs of something remarkable, something new.  We believe that the forces of polarization, mistrust, and animosity in our society and in our ecclesial life will not have the last word.  There is a future with hope for unity in mission and ministry for the Body of Christ that has yet to be revealed.  The work of this dialogue committee seeks to heal, in some small way, one division within the context of a whole world in need of healing and reconciliation.  We desire as a dialogue committee to take the next faithful step in this journey, trusting in the God who alone holds the future and who may yet be calling us to something bigger and grander than we have imagined.There are more decisions to come.  The dialogue committee is not done discussing the possible futures for United Methodist-Episcopal unity.  Yet in this moment we desire to stay on this road together, walking with one another in our joys and triumphs as well as our struggles and imperfections.  We hope you will join us in this ongoing journey of discernment and hope.United Methodist Committee Members:  Bishop Gregory Palmer, co-chair; Rev. Dr. James Howell; Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey; Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli; Rev. Dr. Robert Williams; Rev. Dr. Kyle Tau (staff)Episcopal Church Committee Members: Dr. Deirdre Good, co-chair; The Rt. Rev. David Rice; The Rev. Mariclair Partee Carlsen; The Rev. Dr. Thomas Ferguson; The Rev. Dr. Karen Coleman; The Rev. Margaret Rose (staff); Mr. Richard Mammana (staff) In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Tampa, FL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Church Office of Public AffairsPosted May 2, 2019 Featured Events Tags Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Hopkinsville, KY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Back to Press Releases Committee recommends taking ‘next faithful step’ toward full communion between Episcopal Church and United Methodist Church Rector Pittsburgh, PA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Ecumenical & Interreligious, Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NC Rector Albany, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY last_img read more