Salvation Army in Dialogue with World Methodist Council

sawmc-ap09The third international dialogue between The Salvation Army and the World Methodist Council was held 29 March – 1 April 2009 at Sunbury Court Conference Centre in London, England. The goal of the bilateral meeting was to strengthen relationships among the member churches of the World Methodist Council and The Salvation Army.

The ongoing dialogue elevates the importance of mutual awareness. Both groups acknowledge the importance of mutual encouragement and enrichment of life that comes from working together.

Some of the primary issues discussed were holiness, evangelism and social justice. Key areas for continuing conversation and discussion include common engagement in missional action and the cultivation of leadership in mission.

The Salvation Army delegation was led by Commissioner William Francis, Territorial Commander of the Canada and Bermuda Territory and Chair of the International Doctrine Council. and Dr. Jonathan Raymond, President of Trinity Western University, who served as co-chairman of the dialogue, along with their Methodist counterparts Bishop Dr. Heinrich Bolleter and Rev. Dr. Paul W. Chilcote, respectively.

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