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A Covenant between the Methodist Church of Great Britain and the Church of England was signed on 1 November 2003.
The Church of England and the Methodist Church of Great Britain entered their covenant commitment after conversations lasting several years.
How did the Covenant come about?
At its meeting in June 2002, the British Methodist Conference voted by a very substantial majority to seek the opinion of each District Synod and Circuit Meeting on the proposals in An Anglican-Methodist Covenant. At its meeting in July 2002, the Church of England General Synod voted by a very substantial majority to commend the proposed Anglican-Methodist Covenant to its dioceses for discussion.
The Methodist Conference and the General Synod, both meeting in July 2003, received the opinions gathered from around the two Churches and both decided to go forward to sign the Covenant.
On 1 November 2003, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the General Secretary of the General Synod , together with the President, Vice President and Secretary of the Methodist Conference signed the Covenant at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, in the presence of the Queen.
The ceremony continued at Westminster Abbey with a short service of thanksgiving and dedication.
Sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury in Westminster Central Hall
Sermon by the President of the Methodist Conference in Westminster Abbey
What is the Covenant?
After a brief preamble the text of the covenant sets out seven mutual affirmations and six mutual commitments.
The Covenant puts the two Churches on a path of ever deepening relationships and mutual trust and co-operation on the road to a richer unity involving all who call themselves Christ's disciples.
Read the text of an Anglican-Methodist Covenant
The Joint Implementation Commission (JIC)
The Methodist Conference and the Synod of the Church of England agreed to set up a joint commission which would have the task of monitoring and promoting the implementation of the Covenant.
The JIC is appointed for five years at a time. The first Commission, from 2003-2008 was chaired by Professor Peter Howdle, ex Vice-President of Conference, on behalf of the Methodist Church; and the late Reverend Ian Cundy, Bishop of Peterborough on behalf of the Church of England.
The second Commission, from 2008-2013 is chaired by Professor Peter Howdle and The Right Reverend Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry.
The members of the JIC are:
The Rt Revd Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry (Co Chair)
The Revd Will Adam
Dr Philip Giddings
The Revd Jonathan Baker
The Revd Canon William Croft (Consultant)
The Revd Dr Bernard Sixtus (Church in Wales)
The Revd Canon Prof John Richardson (Scottish Episcopal Church)
The Revd Canon Dr Jane Steen
Prof Peter Howdle (Co Chair)
Mr Steven Cooper
The Revd Catherine Gale
Mrs Jenny Easson
The Revd Ruth Gee
Deacon Sue Culver
The Revd Neil Stubbens
The Revd Dr Ken Howcroft (Co Convenor)
The Revd Dr Peter Phillips (Consultant)
David Tatem, URC Secretary for Ecumenical Affairs - to receive papers and invitation to meetings
Methodist Anglican Panel for Unity and Mission (MAPUM)
The Local Unity Panel, a subcommittee of the Church of England's Council for Christian Unity, and the Methodist Church's Committee for Local Ecumenical Development have recently combined to form the Methodist Anglican Panel for Mission and Unity. This group works alongside the JIC to support unity and mission in local churches. The members of MAPUM are:
The Rt Revd Nigel Stock (Chair)
The Revd Moira Astin
The Revd Steve Hollinghurst
The Revd Dr Callan Slipper
The Ven George Howe
The Revd Canon Dr Paul Avis
The Revd Dr Roger Paul
The Rt Revd Paul Bayes
The Revd John Hellyer (Chair)
Mr David Phillips
The Revd Graham Kent
Dr Bill Reid
The Revd Neil Stubbens
Bishop David Hawtin
The Revd Dr Geoff Cooke (Roman Catholic)
The Revd David Tatem (URC)
Embracing the Covenant
The Joint Implementation Commission (JIC) (2003-8) for an Anglican-Methodist Covenant published its quinqennial report in June 2008, entitled ‘Embracing the Covenant’. Both the Methodist Conference and the General Synod of the Church of England commended the report for study, action and response in their churches.
You can download 'Embracing the Covenant' below:
Foreword, Contents, Membership
Chapter 1: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead
Chapter 2: The Unity We Have and the Unity We Seek
Chapter 3: Researching and Resourcing Local Covenant Relationships
Chapter 4: How Can Decision-Making Be Shared?
Chapter 5: Episkope and Episcopacy and our Churches in Covenant
Chapter 6: 'Calvanism' and 'Arminianism'
There were two previous reports of the JIC:
2005 In the Spirit of the Covenant
2007 Living God’s Covenant
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