- 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
- Mission and Evangelism
- 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
The chapter investigates the ways in which Methodism, both globally and nationally, has viewed ecumenism theoretically and practically, responded to its challenges and opportunities, and contributed to its development. First, the chapter examines ecumenical method in Methodism and its foundations in Methodist missiology. Secondly, it outlines Methodist/Wesleyan involvement in selected ecumenical bodies (World Methodist Council, World Council of Churches, Global Christian Forum) and relations with other Christian communities, including participation in unity schemes. Thirdly, it surveys Methodism’s international bilateral dialogues respectively with Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Lutheran, Reformed, Orthodox, and the Salvation Army. Finally, taking stock of the present ecumenical situation, the chapter identifies two methodological issues that require attention from Methodists as they continue to engage in ecumenical activity.
David M. Chapman is Methodist District Chair for Bedfordshire, Essex, and Hertfordshire, England. He serves on the British Methodist Faith and Order Committee with a special interest in ecclesiology and ecumenism. He is a member of the World Methodist Council and co-chair of the international Methodist–Roman Catholic Dialogue Commission. The author of three books on Methodist theology and history, he has contributed to several edited volumes and published numerous articles and reviews.
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