Academic journal article Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Methodist-Catholic Dialogue

Academic journal article Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Methodist-Catholic Dialogue

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The United Methodist-Roman Catholic Dialogue met at the Washington Retreat House, March 22-24, 2004. After several years of historical, theological, and biblical research on the theme, "The Church in Each Place and in All Places," the members of the dialogue have begun to draft a report for the churches as a result of their work. According to participants, years of common ministry around the world have enabled Methodists and Catholics to understand each other more deep-ly. International dialogues involving the Holy See and the World Methodist Council, regular dialogues between the United Methodist Church and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and local dialogues in dioceses/annual conferences and congregations around the country have enriched common insight and deepened the spiritual commitment to overcome the scandal of division between these two traditions.

Members of the dialogue believe that the contribution of theologians on behalf of their sponsoring churches is a resource for all United Methodists and Catholics in living the Christian life, engaging in mission in the world, and understanding the church and its unity. …

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