Photo credit Mark Beach (photographer) and the World Council of Churches
Ecumenical Dialogue Partners
The Episcopal Church is engaged in formal bilateral talks with the following churches. These dialogues have been established by act of General Convention and are provided with oversight by the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations in conjunction with clergy and laity appointed by the EIR and the Office of General Convention:
The United Methodist-Episcopal Church Dialogue
The United Methodist-Episcopal Church dialogue began meeting in 2002; it was endorsed by the 2000 General Convention and reauthorized by the 2006 General Convention.
Presbyterian-Episcopal Church Dialogue
The Episcopal Church participated in dialogue with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) within the context of the earlier Consultation on Church Union. A bilateral dialogue was established in 2000.
Anglican-Roman Catholic Church Dialogue
The Episcopal Church has been in dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church for more than 40 years through the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue in the USA (ARC-USA), and on the international level through the Anglican Communion Office in the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Consultations (ARCIC).
One dimension of ecumenical relations is the development of covenants by Christian communities on a statewide or other local levels, often among churches that are organized with bishops as judicatory leaders.