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Methodist ministry dialogue to continue

Recommendations from this church's Anglican - Methodist dialogue will now wait until General Synod/Te Hīnota Whānui in 2018.

Taonga News  |  19 May 2016

A proposal to enable Methodist ministers to serve as Anglican priests was withdrawn from the agenda of General Synod/Te Hīnota Whānui after a process question was raised.

In 2014 Te Hīnota Whānui had asked the Council for Ecumenism, in consultation with the Anglican-Methodist Dialogue Group, to review the report on Mutual Recognition and Acceptance of Anglican and Methodist Ministry, and report back to synod in 2016.

A question was put this year asking why the report had not been considered in full by the Council for Ecumenism. This led to both the report and its related motion 21 (on interchangeability of Methodist-Anglican orders in Aotearoa New Zealand) being withdrawn.

Archbishop Brown Turei, Archbishop Winston Halapua and Archbishop Philip Richardson apologised to the Methodist Church of New Zealand /Te Haahi Weteriana o Aotearoa, signalling that the withdrawal of motion 21 did not reflect a change in Anglican commitment to dialogue or close and positive relations between the two churches.