Christian Methodist Episcopal Church - Ecumenical Activity

Ecumenical Activity

Since the early 20th century the CME Church has explored the possibility of merging with other African American Methodist churches that are very similar in doctrine and practice.

In 1918 representatives of the CME Church, the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, and the African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AME Zion) Church met in Birmingham, Alabama where they agreed to propose a merger. This "Birmingham Plan" was approved by the CME General Conference but did not win enough support in the annual conferences.

More recently the CME Church engaged in talks with the AME Zion Church on a merger, with CME General Conference delegates approving a union in principle in 1986, and AME Zion delegates giving the same approval in 1988. Bishops of each church reopened the question in 1999, adopting a timeline for an eventual merger.

In May 2012, The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church entered into full communion with the United Methodist Church, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, African Union Methodist Protestant Church, African Methodist Episcopal Church, and Union American Methodist Episcopal Church. These Churches agreed to "recognize each other’s churches, share sacraments, and affirm their clergy and ministries."

Read more about this topic:  Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Other articles related to "ecumenical activity, ecumenical, activity":

Hilarion Alfeyev - Biography - Ecumenical Activity
... Theological Commission at Ravenna, allegedly in protest against the choice of delegates by the Ecumenical Patriarchate ... Benedict XVI and several officials of the Roman Curia who have key roles in Roman Catholic ecumenical dialogue ... and the alleged toleration of homosexual activity by some Anglicans ...

Famous quotes containing the words activity and/or ecumenical:

    Criticism is infested with the cant of materialism, which assumes that manual skill and activity is the first merit of all men, and disparages such as say and do not, overlooking the fact, that some men, namely, poets, are natural sayers, sent into the world to the end of expression, and confounds them with those whose province is action, but who quit to imitate the sayers.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    Were it possible so to accelerate the intercourse between every part of the globe that all its inhabitants could be united under the superintending authority of an ecumenical Council, how great a portion of human evils would be avoided.
    James Madison (1751–1836)