For the past twelve years, The Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have been engaged in bilateral dialogue as part of their participation in Churches Uniting in Christ. While still struggling to reach full reconciliation of their ordained ministries, the two churches did reach an agreement for PC(USA) teaching elders and Episcopal priests to administer Holy Communion in each other’s churches with special permission. This agreement was approved by the 218th General Assembly (2008), (with ratification by the presbyteries in 2009) and the 76th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 2009. The churches have continued in dialogue between 2010 and 2014. An interim report was presented to the 221st General Assembly (2014) authorizing a continuation of the dialogue through 2018. The continued dialogue will addresses issues related to expression of ordered ministries at the local level (congregation/diocese); continued embodiment of episcope (personal, collegial, corporate); the issue of “re-ordination”; migration from the “global south” and integration of different cultural traditions in existing churches; opportunities for shared theological education and formation for ministry; and how our ecumenical relationships help us address the demographic and cultural changes that are contributing to declining membership in both denominations. The next dialogue meeting will be held in November within the bounds of the Presbytery of Denver. Presbyterian representatives on the dialogue include Ruling Elder Anne Bond, Teaching Elder Christian Boyd, Teaching Elder Kamal Hassan, Teaching Elder Dennis Hughes, and Ruling Elder/Deacon Gordon Zerkel. Teaching Elder Robina Winbush, Associate Stated Clerk for Ecumenical Relations serves as staff to the dialogue team. As part of our dialogue, we’ve had the opportunity to meet with several Episcopal Presbyterian congregations, whose lived ecumenical witness encouraged us to keep looking for a way forward. Feel free to check out the websites of Indian Hill Congregation in the Presbytery of Cincinnati; Wilton Presbyterian Church in the Presbytery of Southern New England and St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Wilton, Connecticut; and Trinity Church Park Rapids in Northern Waters Presbytery. If you live nearby, I’m sure they would appreciate a visit. A subtle but significant moment during the 221st General Assembly (2014) occurred during the Ecumenical Service of Worship on Wednesday, July 18th. The Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, the Reverend Gradye Parsons, and the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, stood together at the Lord’s Table and led the congregation in receiving Holy Communion. The Eucharistic liturgy developed by Churches Uniting in Christ for local use provided the liturgical tool for the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly and the Presiding Bishop to share in administering Holy Communion. Much has historically divided our two traditions, however recent dialogues have opened the door for us to give visible witness to the unity we share in Jesus Christ. While the hard work of dialogue and resolution of centuries of division is still necessary, we are reminded that we are nurtured for this work at the Lord’s Table and encouraged by the mission that is done jointly for the healing of our communities and to the glory of God. Resources