Catholic-Methodist dialogue works on joint statement on communion
WASHINGTON (CNS) – Members of the United Methodist-Catholic Dialogue in the United States continued work on a joint statement on the church as communion at a mid-October meeting in Washington. The 30-page draft the theologians are working on is titled “The Church in Each Place and in All Places.” It looks at the nature of the church as a “koinonia” – the Greek term in the New Testament for fellowship or communion – of Christ’s followers. It deals with the biblical and theological foundations of the church as a grace-filled sacramental community. It explores parallels and differences in the way each church understands and structures itself at the local, intermediate and global or universal levels to express and support communion. The document concludes with recommendations outlining what the Catholic and United Methodist churches can do now on the basis of the unity already shared, challenges for the future and proposals on issues to be taken up in future dialogues.