Magazine article Anglican Journal

Anglicans and Mennonites Enter Historic Ecumenical Dialogue

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Anglicans and Mennonites Enter Historic Ecumenical Dialogue

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July 7-12 Richmond Hill, Ont.

For the first time in its history, the Anglican Church of Canada will enter into a bilateral ecumenical dialogue with Mennonite Church Canada (MCC) following a motion passed at General Synod, July 12.

The motion's mover, Bruce Myers, coadjutor bishop of the diocese of Quebec and former coordinator of ecumenical relations for the national church, said that as the Anglican church's relationship to mainstream society changes, it could benefit from talking to a church that has always had a fraught relationship with the mainstream. "Mennonites have often existed as a church on the margins, both historically and in the contemporary Canadian context," he noted. "As the Anglican Church of Canada enters a new stage of its life, some of us have been asking if there is something we can learn from our Mennonite sisters and brothers, about living faithfully as disciples of Jesus on the margins of society."

Myers said the bilateral dialogue would use a new approach to ecumenism based not on an attempt to minimize differences, but to receive them as a "gift." This "receptive ecumenism" is a way for churches to learn from the differences in each other's theology and lived experience, without feeling the need to push toward reunion or a full communion relationship. …

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