The 1988 General Convention directed the Standing Commission to explore the possibilities of dialogue with representatives of the Reformed Episcopal Church, a church originating in controversies within the Episcopal Church in the 19th century. An informal dialogue group was formed, drawn from the Philadelphia-Baltimore area. After meeting for several years to discuss such matters as authority, Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry, and ordained ministry, the group recommended a formal dialogue be established. The General Council of the Reformed Episcopal Church approved, and the 1994 General Convention approved "a dialogue with the Reformed Episcopal Church, the goals of which will include the basis for a mutual recognition of our ordained ministries". However, the Reformed Episcopal Church later decided not to enter into formal dialogue with the Episcopal Church. In 2001 the EIR Office initiated contact with the Reformed Episcopal Church with the goal of re-establishing the dialogue. After initial discussions, a trilateral dialogue involving The Episcopal Church, the Reformed Episcopal Church, and the Anglican Province in America (APA) met from 2003-2004. In the 2004 further talks were put on hold.