This book offers a detailed analysis of one of the key episodes of twentieth-century ecumenism, focusing on the efforts made to reconcile the Church of England and the Methodist Church of Great Britain in the years since the First World War.
Drawing on newly available archives as well as on a broad range of historical, theological, and liturgical expertise, the contributions explore what was attempted, why success proved elusive, and how the quest for unity was reconfigured into the twenty-first century. The volume sets contemporary ecumenical ambitions in historical context, explains the origins, course, and aftermath of the Anglican–Methodist ‘Conversations’ of 1955–72, retrieves their enduring global legacy, and explores the fraught nature of the ecumenical quest.
It will be of key interest to scholars with an interest in ecumenism, Methodist studies, and church history.
Jane Platt and Martin Wellings
2 The Long View of Anglican–Methodist Unity
3 Anglican Ecumenism and the Problems of the ‘Historic Episcopate’
Mark D. Chapman
4 Church, Episcopacy and Ecumenism: Debates about order, authority and ambiguity in the Anglican–Methodist Conversations
5 The Major Participants and their Actions in the Anglican–Methodist Conversations: The First Stage 1956–63
6 Theology, Providence and Anglican–Methodist Reunion: The case of Michael Ramsey and E.L. Mascall
7 Evangelical Dissentients and the Defeat of the Anglican–Methodist Unity Scheme
8 Fighting for Methodism’s Soul: The Voice of Methodism Association, 1963–72
9 ‘An Umbrella for all Dissenters’?: The National Liaison Committee, 1965–82
10 Grassroots Methodism and the Anglican–Methodist Conversations
11 Anglican–Methodist Relations in the Context of the British Army
12 The Anglican-Methodist Service of Reconciliation and the Ordinal of 1968
13 Developments since 1972
David M. Chapman
"These essays are of consistently good quality, combining sound research with sharp theological assessment." - Paul Avis in The Church Times
"This is a collection of well-written essays by Anglican and Methodist scholars who know their subject matter well and explain it in a clear and readable fashion. Anyone who wants to be better informed about the history of Anglican-Methodist ecumenism should certainly read this book." - Martin Davie in Church History