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

Garissa University

Condolences to Families of Garissa Massacre Victims

News & Events

News of the deadly massacre at Garissa University in northeast Kenya gripped the world late last week at a time when many Christians were celebrating Holy Week. Reports indicate that 147 students and university personnel lost their lives, while hundreds more were injured or evacuated. The Islamist militant group Al-Shabab took credit for the shootings which took place early in the morning on 2 April, 2015. Many of the students ruthlessly targeted were Christians. The attackers stormed dormitories, lecture halls, and even attacked a group attending a prayer service. In a statement Friday, World Methodist Council General Secretary Ivan Abrahams


Methodists and Anglicans Celebrate Common Mission

Ecumenical Relationships, News & Events

The launch of the Anglican Methodist International Commission on Mission in Unity (AMICUM) document, Into All the World, took place on Tuesday, March 17, in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, in the context of local diocesan celebrations of St Patrick’s Day. Bishop Harold Miller, Anglican co-Chair of AMICUM and Bishop of the Diocese of Down and Dromore, availed of the opportunity presented by the presence of Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury at the celebrations to highlight this final report of the Commission. During the annual pilgrimage walk from Saul (a site strongly associated with the national saint of Ireland) to Downpatrick Cathedral,