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Methodists’ withdrawal from joint courses

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14 June 2013

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From Mr Peter Crumpler

Sir, - Ecumenism took a sad step backwards this month when the Eastern Region Ministry Course bade farewell to its last group of Methodist students training alongside their Anglican colleagues.

It follows the Methodist Conference's decision last summer to reshape the way it trains its ministers and, under its Fruitful Fields review, to withdraw from regional courses.

Church of England ordinands on such courses will no longer have the opportunity to gain at first hand an understanding of Methodist belief and practice which will stand them in good stead in their parishes and in wider ministry.

I myself have gained much from this rich experience; and my departing Methodist friends have said the same about engaging with Anglicanism.

Against the broader context of the Anglican-Methodist Covenant and the work being undertaken to take this forward, this withdrawal is particularly regrettable, and a step in the wrong direction.

PETER CRUMPLER
(Ordinand, St Albans diocese)
57 Kingshill Avenue
St Albans, Herts AL4 9QH

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