Anglicans and Protestants ask their churches to work towards a memorandum of agreement

The joint communiqué of the consultation between the British and Irish Anglican Churches and the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe CPCE taking place at Chateau Klingenthal, France, on 13-15 April 2011 states:

The third Faith and Order consultation between the British and Irish Anglican Churches and the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE), facilitated by the Institute for Ecumenical Research of the Lutheran World Federation, Strasbourg, took place at Chateau Klingenthal, France, on 13-15 April 2011.

The consultation heard reports about recent developments in international ecumenical dialogues, in the ecumenical scene in Scotland, in the CPCE and in the Anglican Communion. It looked at reports from the Church of England on The Journey of Christian Initiation, from the Church of England and the United Reformed Church on Healing the Past – Building the Future and from the CPCE on Ministry-Ordination-Episcope, Scripture-Confession-Church and Training for the Ordained Ministry. It also received presentations on the Anglican Reformed tradition in the Seventeenth Century and the implications for Christian apologetics of recent work on science and religion

The participants agreed to recommend to their sponsoring churches that the British and Irish Anglican churches and the CPCE should work towards a memorandum of agreement. This would reflect the commitment of the participating bodies to the visible unity of the Christian Church and would also include some consequences that can already be drawn as well as an agenda for future joint work.

Those attending the consultation:

From the Anglican churches
The Revd Canon Professor Paul Avis (The Church of England)
Dr Martin Davie (The Church of England)
The Revd Dr Michael Fuller (The Scottish Episcopal Church)
The Revd Gwynn ap Gwilym (The Church in Wales)
The Rt Revd David Hamid (The Church of England)
The Revd Dr Stephen Hampton (The Church of England) From the CPCE

The Revd Dr Stephanie Dietrich (Church of Norway)
The Revd Prof. Martin Friedrich (CPCE Office)
The Revd Fleur Houston (United Reformed Church)
The Revd Canon Harvey Richardson (Methodist Church in Great Britain)
Professor Michael Weinrich (EKD)

From the Institute for Ecumenical Research

The Revd Professor André Birmelé
Professor Theodor Dieter
The Revd Professor Elisabeth Parmentier
Professor Sarah Hinlicky Wilson

Vienna, 5th May 2011

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