Scottish Episcopal, Methodist and URC churches sign new covenant

By staff writers
January 26, 2010

A new partnership statement has been agreed by the Scottish Episcopal Church (Anglican), the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church in Scotland. It was was sealed by leaders of the churches at a service in St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth.

The signing of the ecumenical agreement came at the weekend, on 23 January 2010.

The Epsicopal Primus, the Most Rev David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane, said: “I am delighted to take part in the signing of this covenant agreement. Our General Synod has whole-heartedly affirmed this covenant and welcomed this developing relationship with our partner churches."

The covenant was signed on behalf of the Methodists by the Rev Lily Twist, Superintendent of the Methodist Church in Scotland, and for the United Reformed Church, by the URC National Synod of Scotland moderator, the Rev John Humphreys,

The agreeing of the partnership is significant at this time as 2010 marks the centenary of the 1910 Missionary Conference held in Edinburgh, which hailed the start of ecumenical working in Scotland and throughout the world.

Congregations across Scotland are being encouraged to support and participate in local ecumenical events to celebrate the centenary.

The covenant reflects work already being undertaken jointly by the Churches in areas like training and mission development. The churches will also share resources, education and development opportunities for clergy and congregations.

The full Statement of Partnership can be read here in *.PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format :

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