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February 11, 2010


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Stuart Bell

This is so much like the (in)famous Bishops debate. Just because Conference had at one point agreed to take episcopacy into its system did not mean that it would vote for a particular model (or indeed any model) of personal episcopacy when presented with one.

So, here, "In other words we are prepared to be changed and even to cease having a separate existence as a Church if that will serve the needs of the Kingdom” cannot, except by the most naive - and the President isn't naive - be inferred from "We commit ourselves, as a priority, to work to overcome the remaining obstacles to the organic unity of our two churches, on the way to the full visible unity of Christ's Church."

Just like the RC model of unity is "come back to Rome", for too many Anglicans it's "come back to Canterbury". They have no idea that organic unity might/must/could/should mean the end of both denominations as we know it. And most are so committed to the CofE that it's unthinkable that it will happen this century.

Apartheid and the Berlin Wall may collapse, but the CofE could never contemplate uniting itself out of existence. And it, like Methodism, has too many flaws to make uniting with it as it stands look to be in the interests of mission.



none of this is actually new is it? Certainly on a local level we've been facing these issues for years and dealing with the same difference of language. It seems to me that generally Methodists have a better understanding of covenant and are indeed willing to put more on the line for the good of 'The Kingdom'.

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