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Taking non-exclusive steps towards unity

10 April 2015


From the Rt Revd David Hawtin

Sir, - In his letter on Methodists and unity ( 2 April), the Revd Paul King refers to Being Real as "the latest document, heavy with irony". Sorry: there's no hint of irony in this, neither in the title nor the contents.

As its principal creator and contributor, I have worked with Methodist colleagues on our joint panel to produce brief stand-alone notes, realistic and practical, recognising that "taking forward the Anglican/Methodist Covenant may not be at the top of everybody's mind." You will not find any rigid blueprint here. Free of ecu-speak (well, almost), what you will find are the Five Marks of Mission, the Beatitudes, and the Lord's Prayer - shaping our mission and discipleship.

There is nothing exclusive about ecumenical relating. Anglicans and Methodists are not seeking the warmth of a holy huddle, separate from other Churches and all the newness that is around. We multi-task for the Lord's sake, and he calls us to be one.

So rush up to your Circuit Superintendent or Archdeacon, your District Chair or Bishop, or your Ecumenical Officer, and get a copy for free. With many partners, let us go on exploring what shape our growing unity may take, recognising that the Covenant plays its part in that exploring.

David Hawtin

Consultant, Methodist/Anglican Panel for Mission in Unity (MAPUM)

162 Greenhill Avenue, Sheffield S8 7TF

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