UMs and Episcopalians celebrate Eucharistic Sharing Agreement

The week of Christian Unity became real in tangible and spiritual ways on Jan. 25, at the famed National Cathedral in Washington D.C. when Christ set the banquet table and the Rev. Canon Gina Campbell served Communion to the people of God in both the United Methodist and Episcopal churches. The United Methodist clergywoman serves as the Episcopal cathedral’s Canon Precentor, overseeing about 2,200 worship and devotional experiences each year. But before the Interim Eucharistic Sharing Agreement, she was not permitted to preside over Communion. Her actions in the sanctuary were hailed by leaders of both denominations as “historic,” as she brought the new agreement to life in a way that “significantly deepens the expression and practice of Christian unity,” said Bishop Marcus Matthews of the UMC’s Baltimore-Washington Conference. Learn more…