Dear Christ Church Family,
One of the very first people I met upon arriving to Coronado was the Rev. Robert Fuesler, the senior pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. The Methodist parsonage is just across the street from Christ Church’s rectory, and on the day we moved in, Pastor Robb popped over to introduce himself and to welcome us to Coronado. As I told Pastor Robb at the time: “I know we just met, but I have been praying for you—I think you are an answer to my prayers!”

Indeed, one of my biggest concerns about moving my family across the country in the middle of a pandemic was the isolation the whole country was already feeling being amplified by not knowing anyone in our new hometown. Yet here was God providing. Here was another pastor with similar interests and a similar job in a similar denomination living right across the street—and he had shown up to welcome us!
It soon became clear that Pastor Robb was not simply a friendly fellow clergyperson, but a very good one with a depth of intellect and experience that drew me into a blossoming collegiality. And what started as a kindred-spirit spark is now growing into real ministry collaboration—which uncoincidentally is St. Paul’s recent ministry focus: engaging local partners to expand the efficacy and breadth of their work as Christ’s hands and feet in the world.
In fact, at the national level The Episcopal Church and The United Methodist Church are working on a partnership together. The most recent draft of the beautifully named “A Gift to the World: Co-Laborers for the Healing of Brokenness – The Episcopal Church and The United Methodist Church: A Proposal for Full Communion” is a product of many years of dialogue. It describes Full Communion in Christ as a relationship allowing our two churches to recognize and affirm one another’s baptisms, confirmations, and ordinations to promote fluidity across our separate denominations. Efforts continue to bring us into Full Communion:

“We seek to draw closer in mission and ministry, grounded in sufficient agreement in the essentials of Christian faith and order and assisted by interchangeability of ordained ministries. This full communion agreement is not proposing a merger of our churches. Yet we seek to live into the vision given to us by Jesus, who prayed that we may all be one (John 17:21), and strive for the day when we may be drawn into more visible unity for the sake of mission and ministry, ‘so that the world may believe.’ We see this relationship of full communion as a step on the journey, and trust in the Holy Spirit to continue to guide us in more visible expressions of unity.”

Given all this synergy, when Pastor Robb reached out to tell me that he and some of St. Paul’s parishioners were eager to read Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s book Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times, a joint book study seemed like a natural next step!

Not to mention, I am eager to read this book as well. Really, I could listen to Bishop Curry all day. If you need a pick-me-up, I highly recommend watching his famous Royal Wedding sermon—it is so SO good! And then do order yourself a copy of Love is the Way, which Kathryn Bunch has in stock and ready to get into your hands.

We will meet with Pastor Robb and St. Paul’s UMC folks in our Courtyard after church on Sunday, April 25th at 11:30 a.m. And we will gather again for a Zoom conversation Monday, April 26th at 6:00 p.m.

I hope you will join us for communion through conversation about our joint life in Christ and the redemption and reconciliation of our Risen Lord!

Love and blessings to you this week—

Mtr Regan+
Christ Episcopal Church
1114 Ninth Street, Coronado, CA 92118