The United Methodist-Catholic Dialogue

The United Methodist-Catholic Dialogue was established in 1966. Over the years, it has discussed a wide range of issues from education and ordained ministry to the Eucharist. Most recently, in 2012, the dialogue produced Heaven and Earth are Full of Your Glory, which examined concern for the environment in a Eucharistic perspective.

The dialogue with the United Methodist Church meets twice a year. Currently, the 8th Round is exploring areas of convergence and divergences through the lens of the mutual recognition of common Baptism and the contours of shared Baptismal life through examinations of the Lord’s Prayer and Apostles’ Creed, as well as the feasibility of creating shared rites and prayers thus expressing their shared Christian identity. 

The Dialogue:

•Continues to work on its documents celebrating 50 years of formal dialogue.
•Continues to work on a pastoral teaching on baptism, the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the love commandment.
•Continues to work on a practical guide and prayer book highlighting shared traditions between our churches and offering sample liturgies for prayer and worship.
•Continues working on joint rites for marriages and burials.
•Will complete its work by the end of 2019, after which all of these materials will come before the COB to be formally received.