and c) to answer via a consideration of the discussion in the United Reformed Church's Synod of Wales on the proposal for the creation of an Ecumenical Bishop in East Cardiff.
The second is that for reasons I shall try to explain, the discussion about the proposed ecumenical bishop in East Cardiff is perhaps not the best vehicle for bringing to the surface questions which still need to be faced about episcopacy.
When the possibility of an Ecumenical Bishop in East Cardiff first emerged, the United Reformed Church was keen to engage because of the commitment in our Basis of Union, paragraph 8, to take, "wherever possible and with all speed, further steps towards the unity of all God's people".
The United Reformed Church formally gave its support to the proposals for the Ecumenical Bishop, but the church in Wales declined to do so.
A paper, Towards the Making of an Ecumenical Bishop
in Wales, proposed an "ecumenical bishop
" (whose Episcopal status would be acknowledged and regarded by the signatory-churches) to oversee 11 congregations (which were already collaborating closely) in an area of East Cardiff.
This is for an ecumenical bishop to serve in an area of east Cardiff, with a population of some 50,000 and a very mixed socio-economic make-up.
A bilingual (English and Welsh) booklet, Towards the Making of an Ecumenical Bishop in Wales, was produced in 1998 by Gethin Abraham-Williams, then general secretary of ENFYS (now general secretary of CYTUN, Churches Together in Wales), setting out the proposal, and the theological and practical rationale behind it, for consideration by the ENFYS partners.
ENFYS was therefore able to continue with producing an ordinal for the consecration of the ecumenical bishop, which was agreed by the remaining partners during 2000, and also a definitive statement of the proposal.
is very much preoccupied with the ecumenical bishop proposal in 2002, yet we are also concerned not to neglect the wider repercussions of the covenant.
The Ecumenical Bishops Forum said June 11 the agreement would threaten Philippine independence and sovereignty, reported the Asian church news agency UCA News.
The Ecumenical Bishops Forum, an organization of Catholic and Protestant church leaders, said it was unacceptable for the Aquino administration to submit the country's freedom to the U.
But the country's Ecumenical Bishops
Forum said, "It was an assault that cannot be dismissed as another case of robbery and homicide as the police reported.