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Presbyterian-Episcopal Dialogue February 2021 Communiqué
With continued consideration to health and safety during COVID-19, the members of the Presbyterian-Episcopal Dialogue met February 22-23, 2021 via Zoom. Representing the Presbyterian Church were Ruling Elder Anne Bond (co-chair), the Rev. Dr. Neal Presa (co-vice chair), the Rev. Terri Ofori, the Rev. Dr. Christian Boyd, the Rev. Robert Foltz-Morrison, the Rev. Brian Entz, and Ruling Elder Dr. Dianna Wright, serving as staff liaison. Representing the Episcopal Church were the Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton (co-chair), the Rev. Canon Elise Johnstone (co-vice chair), Dr. Michael Booker, Elizabeth Ring, as well as the Rev. Margaret Rose and Mr. Richard Mammana, serving as staff liaisons. The Rev. Brooke Pickrell also serves on the Presbyterian dialogue team.
In this, the fourth meeting in the third round of bilateral dialogues, the members met with Dr. Amy Plantinga Pauw, Henry P. Mobley Jr. Professor of Doctrinal Theology at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and discussed her book, “Church in Ordinary Time: A Wisdom Ecclesiology” to offer ecclesiological and theological frameworks and foundations to ecumenical dialogue. The members also continue to work towards offering a proposal for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s General Assembly and the Episcopal Church’s General Convention to consider for the local oversight of shared ministry. The dialogue team hopes to have the proposal ready for study at the 2022 gatherings of both Church governance bodies. The group will meet again September 27-29, 2021, also via Zoom, to continue the work set out in their mandate.