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date: 19 August 2019

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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.

Keywords: Methodism, Methodist, Wesleyan, missiology, ecumenism, dialogue, unity, relations

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