A UMNS Report By Linda Bloom* United Methodists who have had longtime relationships with Christians in the Middle East through ecumenical organizations are concerned about their plight in Syria and other countries. The Rev. Motoe Yamada, senior pastor of the Japanese United Methodist Church in Sacramento, Calif., first become acquainted with Mor Eustathius Matta Roham, […]
World Methodist Evangelism is bringing together leaders in Evangelism/mission in the Methodist Movement on the Continent of Africa from Cairo to Cape Town and Dakar to Durban, December 1-8, 2012.
by Melissa Hinnen With a spirit of ecumenism, the new Methodist Liaison Office opened on October 11 in Jerusalem “to engage the world Methodist family in Christ’s ministry of peace, justice, truth and mercy among all peoples living in this land in partnership with the Palestinian Christian community.” According to the purpose statement, the office […]
Despite the contributions made by the World Council of Churches (WCC) towards “zero new infections, zero HIV related deaths and zero stigma and discrimination” there is “more we can do,” said Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri. Phiri, the WCC’s associate general secretary for Public Witness and Diakonia, was speaking at an international conference on the “Global […]
Citing a need to create further dialogue and to make all voices throughout the global parish heard, representatives from Africa University Development Office met with General Secretary Ivan Abrahams on October 22nd. “We need to start harnessing the new voices of Methodism, the voices in the southern hemisphere,” said Associate Vice-Chair James Salley in the […]
The Methodist Youth President, Hayley Moss, will visit a former Nazi extermination camp on Wednesday (7 November) after she was selected to represent the British Youth Council on a one-day visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Hayley Moss will be among a group of young people chosen by the British Youth Council to fly out to Poland where […]
In 1881, four hundred delegates from around the world gathered at Wesley’s Chapel in London, England for the First Ecumenical Methodist Conference. In the years since that first gathering, Methodist and Wesleyan people have met at regular intervals and are now known as the World Methodist Conference.
I write this during an all-to brief respite from a month full of a travel and a busier one on the horizon. During September I found myself traveling from the World Methodist Council’s headquarters in the United States to Crete, Greece for a Central Committee meeting of the World Council of Churches (I am […]
The national leaders of the United Church of Christ are showing solidarity with and support for a group of injured automobile workers staging a hunger strike in Colombia to protest unfair labor practices. The Association of Current and Former Injured Employees of General Motors in Colombia (ASOTRECOL) said a number of workers were fired […]
Over the past few weeks the world has witnessed numerous displays of violence and destruction directed at the embassies of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and other nations over an anti-Islamic video circulating on the internet. This video and the response to it have provoked outrage, debate and violence throughout the Middle East, […]
Tragedy struck members of the North West Zambia Conference last week when a car accident claimed the lives of nine people. The group was returning home after a meeting of the North West Zambia Annual Conference in Mansa, Zambia on September 16. Four Itinerant Elders, three Licentiates who were also Pastors and two Stewards died […]
The Right Reverend Sarah Frances Davis, Vice President of the World Methodist Council and Bishop of the 16th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church* will be a guest of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI at the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, Italy from October 7 to 28, […]