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The Church of Ireland

The Church of Ireland
News Briefing


Joint Theological Working Party
of
The Church of Ireland and the Methodist Church in Ireland

July 2001

To all clergy and ministers

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As Co-Chairmen of the Joint Theological Working Party of the Church of Ireland and the Methodist Church in Ireland, we commend the revised draft covenant document to you and to your congregations. A number of changes have been made to the first draft, primarily in the interests of clarity. These have been based on the responses received by the Working Party last year.

At the recent meetings of the General Synod of the Church of Ireland and of the Conference of the Methodist Church in Ireland, there were useful and lively debates on this document. Both Synod and Conference agreed that the churches be encouraged to continue this journey of exploration together.

Synod and Conference further urged

  • that opportunities be created at local and other levels which will enable members of each denomination to listen to and understand the practices and beliefs of the other.
  • that congregations avail of every opportunity to work and worship together

On behalf of the members of the Joint Theological Working Party, we would urge you to further the good and productive work of last year. In particular we hope that you will have opportunity to discuss the covenant with members of the other church and to consider sending any observations you may wish to share with us to the Secretary.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

(signed)

Dudley Levistone Cooney (Rev.)

Harold Miller (Bishop of Down and Dromore)


For further information contact

Gillian Kingston (Hon. Sec.)
220 Barton Road East
Dundrum
Dublin 14

Tel/Fax: 01 298 6559

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