World Methodist Council Responds to Paris Attacks

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14 November 2015 In response to the terrorist attacks in Paris last night, The World Methodist Council issues the following statement: The World Methodist Council condemns the  terrorist-motivated multiple bombings, shootings, and hostage-taking attacks in Paris yesterday, the second time in less than a year that such attacks have taken place on French soil. The savage attack on innocent, unarmed civilians attending a concert, soccer match and eating at restaurants shows cowardice and is an affront to human dignity.  At the time of this statement, 129 people had been confirmed killed and more than 200 wounded. World Methodist Council General Secretary Bishop Ivan Abrahams extends the condolences of the WMC to the

Candlelight vigil was held to memorialize vicitms of the Umpqua Community College mass shooting. Photo by Cameron Schultz

Statement on 295th Mass-Shooting in the U.S. This Year

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The World Methodist Council notes with sadness and regret the fatal mass-shooting which occurred at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, USA, on October 1, killing 10 and injuring seven.  Echoing the words of U.S. President Barack Obama, we are frustrated by how “routine” these shootings have become. According to the crowd-sourced, this is the 295th mass-shooting in the United States this year (the site reports another mass-shooting occurred the same day in Florida), and the 45th shooting to have taken place at a school according to Everytown for Gun Safety website. General Secretary Ivan Abrahams responded to the

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Study Resource Focuses on Migration

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A study resource entitled “Sanctuary for All” focuses on the Methodist response to migration and foreigners. It is specifically prepared with Churches in mind, and can be used anywhere in the world. With media attention on the global migration crisis, it is important to thoughtfully, and prayerfully consider what our response should be. The Rev. Dr. Inderjit Bhogal, the developer of this resource, is part of the Connexional Team for The Methodist Church in Britain. He has previously worked as the Leader/CEO of the Corymeela Community in Northern Ireland, was the CEO of the Yorkshire and Humber Faiths Forum, and served as the President of the Methodist

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Refugees await crossing from Hungary into Austria.

Welcoming refugees as ‘fellow pilgrims’ in Europe

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By Linda Bloom Sept. 15, 2015 | NEW YORK (UMNS) As refugees continue to trek across Europe, Methodist leaders are recognizing that church members there may “experience and interpret” the effects of that migration in different ways. But European church leaders said that those who play on people’s fears must be challenged and encouraged support to those in need. God calls the church “to welcome those who arrive as our fellow pilgrims,” the European Methodist Council said in a pastoral letter to the Methodist, Wesleyan and united churches in Europe, as well as the European public. “We commit ourselves to

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1 September – World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

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Pope Francis has asked Catholics and others throughout the world to pray this day and until the Feast of St Francis on 4th October for the care of creation, in line with his recent encyclical Laudato Si. According to a letter from the Pope announcing the annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, this time “offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvellous works that He has entrusted to our care, invoking his help