Christian Leaders Cross Denominational Lines

Ecumenical Leadership Summit Builds Working Relationships

 

DALLAS, TX – 10/25/2012 – An ecumenical summit of leaders from Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian churches and organizations affirmed common theological ground and sought practical ways of working together during a recent conference in Dallas, TX.

In their statement, titled “Jesus Christ: Our common ground and common cause”, the leaders said “Even as we fully acknowledge the imperfections of Christian institutions and the broken nature of our collective witness to the world, we commit to strive together for a faithful way of being the Church together. Our hearts are burdened for the millions of our neighbors who are estranged from God and the Church.”

The gathering formed working groups and listened to plenary sessions on ecumenical relations and theological education, engaging North American culture, church planting and mission as well as social witness during the four-day meeting. Participants affirmed an ecumenical statement that addresses each of these subjects on the summit’s final day. The leaders agreed to explore working together in areas of church planting, theological education and training. They also committed to meet again for a second summit in 2013. While each of the participants endorsed the statement they were not necessarily doing so on behalf of their respective churches/organizations.

The group of 32 met from October 22-25 and included leaders from the following churches and organizations:
• Lutheran CORE
• North American Lutheran Church
• The Presbyterian Lay Committee
• Presbyterian Church in America
• The Evangelical Presbyterian Church
• The Evangelical Association of Reformed and Congregational Christian Churches
• ECO: a Covenanted Order of Evangelical Presbyterians
• The Institute on Religion and Democracy
• Good News (United Methodists)
• The Confessing Movement within the United Methodist Church
• Lifewatch (Taskforce of United Methodists on Abortion and Sexuality)
• American Anglican Council
• Anglican Church in North America
• The National Covenant Association of Churches