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Toward a Methodist Communion Ecclesiology

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The International Methodist-Catholic Dialogue Commission’s Seoul Report (2006) reflects an emerging Methodist communion ecclesiology arising from the Dialogue Commission. One benefit of such an ecclesiology to Methodism is considered: its potential for resolving tensions created by two competing ecclesiologies (Anglican and evangelical) internal to Methodism. Against Albert Outler’s proposal that the aforementioned tensions can be resolved by Methodism’s return to its original role as a movement within a church, as well as Russell Richey’s contention that contemporary Methodism holds the tensions in balance, a Methodist communion ecclesiology offers promising means to resolving the tensions by schematizing the two poles of Methodist ecclesiological tension according to communion. Critical questions are posed for developing distinctively Methodist communion ecclesiologies.

Affiliations: 1: Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 75275-0133. USA,


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