The members of the Joint Commission for Dialogue between the World Methodist Council and the Roman Catholic Church met 11th-17th October, 2013, at Simpsonwood Conference Center in Norcross, Georgia, USA. This was the second meeting of the current phase of the dialogue, with the theme of grace and holiness in Christian life. Commission members presented papers on subjects such as: eschatology, theological anthropology, the means of grace, and holiness and social justice. The Methodist-Catholic dialogue began in 1967 and has produced reports every five years since that time, which are presented at the quinquenniel gatherings of the World Methodist Conference, and also to the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Dialogue. They will prepare a final report for the 2016 meeting of the World Methodist Council in Houston.
The Commission members were joined by Prof Geoffrey Wainwright, who had served on this dialogue from 1982-2011, co-chairing the dialogue for twenty-five years. During the course of the meeting a special celebration was held to honour and thank the recently retired co-chairs of the dialogue: Dr Wainwright, and Bishop Michael Putney who participated by video link in the festivities.
The Commission would like to thank Bishop B. Michael Watson and the clergy and staff of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, and the staff of the Simpsonwood Conference Center for their gracious hospitality. Thanks are also due to Dr. Brian Clark, of the Simpsonwood United Methodist Church and to Dean Jan Love and the faculty and staff of Candler School of Theology at Emory University for welcoming the Commission in their respective communities.
The Commission hopes to meet next October in Rome, at which gathering members will share drafts of their work completed during the intervening year.