- The Early Stages: Pre-1910
- Laying the Foundations: 1910–1948
- Pivotal Years: 1948–1965
- Intense Activity: 1965–1990
- Consolidation and Challenge: 1990—Present
- Pentecostal and Charismatic
- Faith and Order
- World Council of Churches
- Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
- Bilateral Dialogues
- Chevetogne, Taizé, and the Groupe des Dombes
- United and Uniting Churches
- Regional and National Councils of Churches
- Interchurch Families
- Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
- Global Christian Forum
- Britain and Ireland
- United States of America
- Latin America
- The Middle East
- The Unity We Seek
- In Search of a Way
- Method in Ecumenism
- Kenotic Ecumenism
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter begins by noting the contribution of British ecumenists to the ecumenical movement and then proceeds to survey the ecumenical scene in Britain and Ireland against the political and constitutional background of the United Kingdom—comprising England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland—and the separate jurisdiction of the Republic of Ireland. It notes the favourable ecumenical climate in England and Wales and goes on to outline local ecumenical relationships, including Local Ecumenical Partnerships, the ecumenical instruments for each nation and for all four, and various forms of cooperation at the national level. The chapter then turns to examples of theological dialogue, proposals for closer unity, and the problems of their reception and implementation, with a particular focus on the Anglican-Methodist Covenant.
Paul Avis , the editor of this Handbook, served in full-time parish ministry in the Diocese of Exeter, 1975–98, as the General Secretary of the Council for Christian Unity of the Church of England, 1998–2011, as Theological Consultant to the Anglican Communion Office, London, 2011–12, and as Canon Theologian of Exeter Cathedral, 2008–13. He is currently Honorary Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Durham, UK, and Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter, UK, and Editor-in-Chief of Ecclesiology. His recent publications include The Vocation of Anglicanism (2016), Becoming a Bishop: A Theological Handbook of Episcopal Ministry (2015), In Search of Authority: Anglican Theological Method from the Reformation to the Enlightenment (2014), Reshaping Ecumenical Theology (2010), The Identity of Anglicanism: Essentials of Anglican Ecclesiology (2008), Beyond the Reformation? Authority, Primacy and Unity in the Conciliar Tradition (2006), and Anglicanism and the Christian Church: Theological Resources in Historical Perspective (2nd edn, 2002). He is joint editor with Benjamin Guyer of The Lambeth Conference: Theology, History, Polity and Purpose (2017). He is also editor of the series Anglican-Episcopal Theology and History.
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