Church of England debates ‘reconciliation of presbyteral ministries’ with Methodist Church

[Anglican Communion News Service] Proposals to “enable an interchange of presbyteral ministries” between the Church of England and the Methodist Church in Britain will be debated by the C of E’s General Synod Feb. 9. The synod is being asked to endorse further work on the proposals, which failed to reach unanimous support when they were debated by the House of Bishops. The Methodist Church grew as a separate denomination following splits from the Church of England in the late 18th century. There have been numerous proposals for closer communion between the two churches, but the sticking point continues to be the issue of ordination and the historic episcopate.

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Editor’s note: Over the next two years, the governing bodies of the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church are due to consider a proposal for full communion between the two denominations.

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