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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


A.M.E. Council of Bishops Demand Action to Confront Racism in the U.S.

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 PRESS RELEASE on behalf of the Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church July 1, 2015 The leadership of the African Methodist Episcopal Church met this week in New Orleans to take care of the business of the church. Part of that business was to reaffirm our commitment to move the nation to face, confront, and act on the issue of race. Almost two weeks ago, nine faithful members of the A.M.E. Church were killed because of racism and hate. President Obama in his stirring and eloquent eulogy correctly said we don’t need to talk about race—we have


Church of North India Committed to Care for Creation

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The following is a message received on 2 July 2015 from the General Secretary of the Church of North India. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It was an honor for me to join in observing the World Environment Day on 5th June 2015  by planting a sapling in the premises of the CNI Bhavan which was more of a symbolic act    to  increase green cover  on earth  which may lead to  protect nature and  the planet earth from the perilous climate changes that are deteriorating the environment gradually causing adverse effects on  all  living beings. The unanticipated rise in

Dr. Hugh and Shirliann Johnson

“Worthy Recipients” of the World Methodist Peace Award

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From: Barbara Streit/Urs Schweizer, Zurich – reprinted with permission from On Friday, June 19, 2015, retired missionaries Hugh and Shirliann Johnson were honored with the World Methodist Peace Award of the World Methodist Council. They had served the United Methodist Church in Algeria for more than 40 years and did not cease to strive for peace and reconciliation in spite of threats and setbacks. “Why we?,” the couple asked when they realized that they were selected to be the recipients of the 2014 World Methodist Peace Award. “We did not do anything special,” stated Hugh Johnson during the official ceremony.

Hugh and Shirliann Johnson

Pastor-Couple to Receive World Methodist Peace Award

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Pastor Hugh Johnson and his wife Shirliann will receive the 2014 World Methodist Peace Award during the meeting of the Switzerland-France-North Africa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Gillian Kingston, Vice-President for the World Methodist Council, will present the award  to the couple during a special presentation at the Freien Christengemeinde (Free Christian Church) on Friday evening, 19 June 2015, in Aarau, Switzerland. About Hugh and Shirliann Johnson  Hugh Johnson and Shirliann have dedicated their lives to the United Methodist Church for more than 40 years – 1963 up to 2005 – working in Algeria. They will now be honored for their service in