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Why GH priest supports 'full communion' for Episcopal and Methodist churches

• Nov 27, 2018 at 5:00 PM

In his blog, the Rev. Dr. Jared Cramer of Grand Haven lays out why he supports a proposed “full communion” between the Episcopal Church and United Methodist Church.

“full communion” is a relationship of “full understanding” among different Christian denominations that share certain essential principles of Christian theology. Typically, when two or more denominations are in full communion, it enables services and celebrations, such as the Eucharist, to be shared among congregants or clergy.

Cramer, who is a priest in the Episcopal Church and currently serving as rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Grand Haven, writes that many of his colleagues are distressed by the move to full communion with the United Methodist Church. They believe the proposal is “theologically flawed.”

It’s a long explanation why he supports the proposed full communion of the two churches.

“I have seen congregations from the Lutheran and Episcopal churches who have come together and been able to discover vibrant and faithful ministry,” he wrote. “In my own parish, I have been tremendously enriched by our priest associate, a Lutheran pastor who has helped me grow in my first decade of priestly ministry. The coming together of our churches, the interchange of our ministries, through the Full Communion agreement we have with the ELCA has been a tremendous gift to us as a church.”

Read Cramer’s full blog post: “Jesus Calls Us to This: An Argument in Favor of the Methodist-Episcopal Full Communion Proposal.”

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