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This is notice of a new blog I hope readers of Exploring Ecumenism might visit.
Methodist Ecumenical News (MEN) is a blog I have started for the British Methodist Connexion, one among several supported by the Connexional Team. Where Exploring Ecumenism is my own blog and reflects my own opinions and speculations, MEN aims to report on ecumenical work from local churches, through Districts to national and international ecumenism. Consequently, MEN will cover mainly factual events, happenings, agreements, etc.
Exploring Ecumenism tends to be speculative; it entertains me and a few spammers, if no-one else. So, I see MEN as an opportunity to report on more factual material. So, the blogs will be complementary and taken together will provide a good picture of the latest thinking and action.
At the time of writing, MEN has 11 followers, more than this blog although a fraction of its age. So, I am optimistic that it might have a real impact. It will have a close relationship with the ecumenical section of the Methodist Church website and replaces the news stream, which was never very satisfactory.
I'm planning a backbone of regular posts, at 8am on working days. I will do my best to cover as wide a range of ecumenical news as I can find, anything which might be of interest to Methodists.
I'm also seeking a team of occasional writers. They will write on specialist topics. Building this team will take some time but I hope to encourage writers to provide a wide range of material; an overview of Methodist ecumenical work.
Why Methodist? It might seem odd to have a Methodist ecumenical blog. This has been conceived as complementary to the Methodist Church website. However, if the response is positive, it may be possible to explore an ecumenical ecumenical blog.
But one step at a time. You can help by visiting MEN and clicking the 'Follow' button in the top right (you could also follow this blog!). Do keep and eye on it and comment - the same goes for this blog too.