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Ecumenical dialogues since 1996

Here you will find information about many of the ecumenical dialogues and developments since 1996, including links to relevant documents on external sites...

1.  International bilateral dialogues

a.            Anglican-Methodist. Sharing in the Apostolic Communion (1996) the report of the international Anglican-Methodist dialogue.

b.            Lutheran-Roman Catholic. The Joint Declaration on Justification (1999) - consensus on the previously controverted subject of justification, now accepted by both churches. Adopted also by the World Methodist Council in 2006.

c.            Anglican-Roman Catholic. The Gift of Authority deals with the overall question of authority in the Church

d.            Methodist-Roman Catholic. Speaking the Truth in Love deals with the specific question of teaching authority within the two churches.

e.            Anglican-Roman Catholic. Mary, Grace and Hope in Christ 2005

f.             International Methodist-Catholic Dialogue Commission.  The Grace Given You in Christ Seoul Report 2006

g.            Roman Catholic-Mennonite dialogue Called Together To Be Peacemakers. 2004

2.   Multilateral dialogues in process


3.   Accords establishing closer ecclesial relationships

The Reuilly Agreement (2000) involving mutual recognition of each other’s apostolicity between Anglican and the French Reformed and Lutheran churches.
An Anglican-Methodist Covenant was published in December 2001, aimed at mutual recognition of apostolicity and development of increasing joint oversight and co-operation. Accepted by the governing bodies of the two churches in 2003. Take a look at the dedicated website ( to discover how this is progressing
A Covenant Partnership established 1 January 2005 between the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the Independent Methodist Connexion.


4.  Other documents

a.      May They All be One (1997) the response of the bishops of the Church of England to Ut Unum Sint.
b.      Called To Love and Praise (1999) The statement of the British Methodist Conference on ecclesiology.
c.      One Bread, One Body (1999) a teaching document of the British and Irish Roman catholic bishops on the eucharist, particularly linking ecclesiology and eucharistic communion.
d.      The Eucharist, Sacrament of Unity (2000) a teaching document of the bishops of the Church of England, responding to the issues in One Bread, One Body and explaining relevant Anglican practice and discipline.
e.      Dominus Iesus (2001) A Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith document on the uniqueness of Christ.
f.       The letter on ‘sister churches’ (2001) from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, defining the correct use, in Roman Catholic theology, of this term.
g.      The papal encyclical Novo Millennio Ineunte (2000) dealing with the Church as ‘the school of communion’ and some ecumenical issues.
h.       Anglicans and Baptists in conversation Pushing at the boundaries of unity 2005.
i.        Anglican-Baptist Report Conversations around the World (mostly dealing with issues relating to continuity and interconnection) 2005


5.   Dialogues since 2006

2006. Lutheran-Roman Catholic. The Apostolicity of the Church. Study Document of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity.

2006. Anglican-Orthodox. The Church of the Triune God. Agreed Statement of the Anglican-Orthodox Thelogical Dialogue

2007. Reformed-Roman Catholic. The Church as Community of Common Witness to the Kingdom of God. Third Phase of the WARC dialogue.

2007 Lutheran-Orthodox. The Mystery of the Church-The Holy Eucharist in the Life of the Church.

2011. Methodist-Roman Catholic. Encountering Christ the Saviour: Church and Sacraments. Deals with baptism, eucharist and ordained ministry.

2011. Disciples-Roman Catholic. The Presence of Christ in the Church with special reference to the Eucharist.

The Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue experienced a hiatus after the publication of Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ. However, it resumed in 2011 with a twin mandate to examine the relationship between the local and Universal Church plus an examination of the way in which decisions in ethical matters are discerned. In the meantime, IARCCUM, the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission was set up and published recommendations for further practical co-operation at the local level between the two communions.

2012 English ARCIC - web area with reports of the English Anglican - Roman Catholic dialogue with pages re meetings, schools, reports.

2013. October 4th - 6th Anglican - Oriental Orthodox meeting at Hampton Court. Report from the Anglican News Service.

Anglican Orthodox pic Oct 2013



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