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BWA to dialogue with World Methodist Council comment (0)

September 19, 2013

Washington —  A planning meeting for the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) international dialogue with the World Methodist Council took place at the Wesley Chapel in London in the United Kingdom, Aug. 28–29.

The dialogue is planned for 2014–2018 and will explore the theme Faith Active in Love: Sung and Preached, Confessed and Remembered, Lived and Learned.

“Participation in bilateral dialogues is an expression of BWA’s commitment to continue the mission of God whose Messiah prayed for the unity of the church so that the world might believe,” BWA General Secretary Neville Callam said, extrapolating from the Gospel according to John. “In asking how we might manifest this oneness, we are drawn to the words of the apostle Paul that ‘the only thing that counts is faith working through love.’”

Those attending the planning meeting agreed the dialogue should aim at a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, one another; mutual exchange of gifts for the enrichment and renewal of Baptist and Methodist churches; increased participation in a common mission and witness in the world; and deeper fellowship and cooperation by identifying and overcoming barriers. 

“Now that the focus of the dialogue has been identified, the international team to represent BWA will soon be appointed,” Callam said. The teams for the dialogue will be made up of six people from each group.

The BWA team for the planning meeting in London was Callam; Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham; Stephen R. Holmes, senior lecturer in systematic theology for the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Ky.; and Curtis Freeman, research professor of theology and Baptist studies for Duke Divinity School at Duke University in Durham, N.C. 

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