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We were greeted warmly and we felt we were amongst friends. We shared a little about the structure of the
We emphasised the importance we placed on our covenantal relationship and talked about the many areas where our two Churches are working together productively. However we did acknowledge that in many areas of the country individuals and groups are frustrated at the lack of progress being made and the barriers they encounter to greater joint working.
We concluded by reminding Synod members of the powerful words of the Methodist Covenant Service Prayer and suggested that Methodists approach the Anglican-Methodist Covenant in the spirituality of this prayer. We echoed what previous Conferences have agreed, that we are prepared to be changed and even cease having a separate existence as a Church if it will serve the needs of the Kingdom. But our parting challenge was that both our Churches needed to approach the Covenant in this spirit.
A full copy of our address can be downloaded from this site, although what that will not contain is the reference we made to the President sharing his blue gloves with the Archbishops of Canterbury and Westminster at the Wave Climate Change rally in December, in order that they were both properly dressed for the cameras. A true sign of partnership working.
Our hope is our visit to the General Synod will act as a catalyst to renewed joint work together, and give greater impetus to those working to find resolutions to the big questions that still face us.