Pentecost and Aldersgate Greetings from the General Secretary

News & Events

Warm Christian greetings as we celebrate Pentecost and Aldersgate Sunday! Pentecost means fifty and refers to one of the three great pilgrim feasts (the fifty days after Passover). It was a harvest festival when the first fruits of the harvest were offered to God, but it was also a time to remember the giving of the law at Mount Sinai after the Exodus from Egypt. Pentecost marks the beginning of the church, and there is a reason to be glad and rejoice. On Pentecost, we see the “first fruits” of the new community that would continue the mission of Jesus – to bring God’s Reign of


WMC Sends Birthday Wishes to Two Centenarians

News & Events

In April, Bishop Ivan Abrahams had the privilege to send well-wishes to two centenarians who have contributed so much to the Methodist-Wesleyan family. Ralph Young, former Geneva Secretary for the World Methodist Council, celebrated his 100th birthday at his home in Switzerland on 29 April. On 10 May, Dr. Claude Cadogan, second Connexional President and the second Connexional Secretary of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA) will celebrate his 100th birthday and will be honored by the MCCA at a special celebration on 3 May. The World Methodist Family wishes these two distinguished men a very happy birthday!


Statement Against Attacks on Foreigners in South Africa

News & Events, Social Justice

In the wake of escalating violence against foreign nationals, refugees and asylum seekers in the Republic of South Africa, World Methodist Council representatives express concern and disappointment at these clear violations of human rights. General Secretary Ivan Abrahams and the Social Justice Committee of the World Methodist Council issued this joint statement today condemning the violence and attacks:


April Marks 130th Anniversary of Methodist Missions in Korea

News & Events

The Korean Methodist Church marks the year 2015 as 130 years since Henry G. Appenzeller, the first Methodist missionary to Korea, arrived at Chemulpo, Korea (now Incheon) with his wife, Ella, on Easter Sunday in 1885. One year later, Mrs. Mary F. Scranton became the first female missionary in Korea with her son, Dr. William B. Scranton (who was was appointed to the Methodist Medical Mission in Korea) and family. Appenzeller was a Methodist Missionary from Pennsylvania, USA, and in addition founding one of the first Methodist Churches in Korea, also founded a boy’s school, and helped to translate the