Dr. Jo Anne Lyon Recipient of the 2015 Peace Award

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The World Methodist Council announces that Rev. Dr. Jo Anne Lyon is the recipient of the 2015 World Methodist Council Peace Award. The award will be presented to Dr. Lyon at the closing worship of the 21st World Methodist Conference in Houston, Texas USA, on September 3, 2016. As the founder and former CEO (1996-2008) of World Hope International, Alexandria,Va., Dr. Lyon began that ministry in her home and, in twelve years, grew the organization to a $17 million global Christian relief and development agency serving in 30 countries and dedicated to alleviate suffering and injustice. In her time with World Hope International,


Opening Worship at the 21st World Methodist Conference

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In keeping with the theme, One: God, Faith, People and Mission, the first gathering was titled Opening Worship: One God. The service was set before a beautiful background and filled with music that lifted the spirits of those who were weary from travel or hard work to get to the moment of worshipping together.


Prayers for Italy

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Rev. Dr. Tim Macquiban was preparing to attend the World Methodist Conference in Houston, Texas, when the massive 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Central Italy. Serving as director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office in Rome, he felt the tremors of the quake, and upon finding out that many from Rome and the nearby area were displace, injured or even killed during the quake, he was moved to write this prayer: Loving God, creator of the world and all that is in it. To you we turn in times of tragedy and distress, out of our human weakness, when the mountains shake

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Bishop Franz W. Schäfer (1921-2016) – Building Bridges Between Worlds

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By: Bishop Patrick Streiff, Central Conference of Central and Eastern Europe Nobody suspected what the child Franz Werner Schäfer, born on March 10th, 1921 near Basel would one day become.  He grew up in simple working class surroundings.  His parents were active in helping people in trouble and in working towards more justice in the world.  His father’s side of the family had distanced themselves from the church, however, and it was only as a twelve-year-old that Franz Schäfer reluctantly accepted the invitation to attend the Methodist Sunday school in Birsfelden, where his family lived at the time. Franz Schäfer wanted to