After 15 years of study and dialogue, this group of Episcopalians and United Methodists have released a proposal for full communion between their churches, saying “There are no theological impediments to unity.” It is not a merger proposal, but a “full communion” plan much like what Anglicans have with Evangelical Lutherans, Moravians and others. The effort requires approval from both governing conventions and cannot go forward until 2020 at the earliest. But it’s probably best not to get hopes too high; a similar plan 30 years ago was approved by Episcopalians but rejected by Methodists, and the latter are thought to be more divided now than they were then. (Episcopal News Service)

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