The Methodist-Roman Catholic International Commission is seeking applications and member suggestions for new Methodist members for a new dialogue round beginning in 2022. The Methodist-Roman Catholic International Commission is the official theological dialogue body between the World Methodist Council and the Roman Catholic Church. The commission has a long and accomplished history of fostering greater understanding internationally as Methodists and Catholics seek unity in Christ through faith, mission, and sacraments.
The 16-member commission has 8 Methodist members and 8 Catholic members. The commission meets in-person each year, usually in October, for a week-long meeting that is marked by joint prayer, conversation and dialogue, and friendship. The commission selects a theme each cycle as the focus of their work and, historically, produces a comprehensive theological report which bears the fruit of dialogue. The next dialogue round will last approximately five years. The first meeting of the next round is tentatively scheduled for 2-9 October 2022 in Rome, Italy.
Persons interested in serving as a Methodist commission member should be:
- Fluent in English as English is the official language of the commission
- Conversant in Wesleyan theology
- Willing to travel internationally and attend all meetings
- Able to write papers or theological texts
- A member-in-good standing of a World Methodist Council member church
The commission is seeking a diverse pool of nominees who engender the diversity of the World Methodist Council. The commission is especially seeking applications and suggestions of women, persons from the Wesleyan Holiness movement, and persons from the Global South.
Commission nominees will be approved by the Ecumenical Relationships Committee of the World Methodist Council and affirmed by the WMC Steering Committee.
The selection committee is seeking suggestions and/or applications. To offer suggestions and/or applications to be a member of the Methodist-Roman Catholic International Commission, please send suggestions or applications (a letter of interest and CV) to the Rev. Matthew A. Laferty, director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome, at firstname.lastname@example.org by 11 February 2022.
Please contact Rev. Laferty if you have any questions.