News & Events

World Methodist Peace Award Nominations OPEN

News & Events, Press Releases

Nominations for the World Methodist Peace Award are OPEN. Presented annually to an individual or group who has worked for peace, justice and reconciliation in their lives and in their ministries, the World Methodist Peace Award is a 30 year tradition of the World Methodist Council. The criteria for the Award are (1) Courage; (2) Creativity; and (3) Consistency in their work and witness to peace. The Methodist Churches in Italy (OPCEMI) and the Nassar Family (Tent of Nations) will receive the 2017 World Methodist Peace Award later this year (2018).  Previous recipients include Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, Lawi Imathiu, Nelson Mandela, Boris Trajkovski, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Jimmy

New Year’s Greetings to the Methodist and Wesleyan Family from WMC Vice-President

News & Events

Some people think that the slide from Sunday, December 31st, into Monday, January 1st, is just a matter of one day over and another begun – and there is some truth in that. For many, however, it is a time to reflect, to remember and to pray. How was 2017 for you and for those who are part of your life? Were there moments of sadness as well as of joy? Times of challenge as well as of success? Flashes of anger as well as of love? Times when you felt like giving up as well as times when you

WMC Seeks Donor Development Officer

News & Events, Press Releases

The World Methodist Council seeks to appoint a part-time Donor Development Officer (Resource Mobilisation) that will take responsibility for ensuring the effective mobilization of required resources  to meet the goals of our “Achieving the Vision” Endowment Fund strategy.

WMC Statement on Methodist Church Attack in Quetta

News & Events, Press Releases

The World Methodist Council has learned with horror and sadness of the bombing and shooting at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, Pakistan, in which at least nine people were killed and many injured. We offer our deepest sympathy to those whose families have been visited with violent death and injury in this attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of the congregation, the Church of Pakistan, and all those affected by this atrocity. We condemn unequivocally all such violence perpetrated in the name of religion and against those who are in minority communities wherever these may be. We urge those in positions of

Christmas Greetings from the WMC President

News & Events

Christmas is a story of birth. It affirms the beauty of a human life assumed as well as created by God. “What is not assumed cannot be saved.”(Gregory Nazianzen) The Word became flesh so that our humanity is not any more our own because it also belongs to God. We joyfully celebrate the humanity of God on Christmas, and every day is Christmas as long as a new born baby is with us anywhere in the world. However, it has been the tragedy of the fallen humanity that we have to mourn the suffering and death of innocent babies ever

World Methodist Peace Award Recipients Announced

News & Events, Press Releases

Two organizations have been chosen to receive the World Methodist Peace Award for 2017. The recipients were chosen at this year’s World Methodist Council Steering Committee meeting held in Rome, Italy. The committee verbalized its desire to present the award to both a Methodist and Non-Methodist recipient, especially during a time when the world needs to hear and see peace-making in action. Both organizations have boldly worked for peace in their respective areas of the world, but have also been instrumental in inspiring others to work for peace globally. Methodist Churches in Italy (OPCEMI), was chosen for their work with

Statement on President Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Capital of Israel

Interrelgious Relations, News & Events, Press Releases

  The World Methodist Council (WMC) and its member churches acknowledge the foundational role that the Holy City of Jerusalem has played in the history of the Christian Faith. The WMC, in partnership with two of its member churches, maintains a presence in the city through The Methodist Liaison Office in Jerusalem, which serves to increase awareness and involvement of the Methodist-Wesleyan community in current issues affecting Israel and Palestine. At this time of social, political, and religious sensitivity around the status of Jerusalem, we express dismay at the announcement of President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of

Churches Call on UK Government to Support Stateless People

Interrelgious Relations, News & Events, Social & International Affairs

(from the Methodist Church in Britain) A new initiative calling for improved rights and better support for ‘stateless’ people has been backed by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams and Rabbi Hershel Gluck OBE, chairman of the Arab-Jewish Forum. The pair have joined 110 religious and faith leaders in signing a statement urging the UK Government to do more to welcome those who no longer have a country to call their home. The move comes during Inter Faith Week (12-19 November) which seeks to build on the good relationships and partnerships between people of very diverse faiths and

Pope Francis marks 50 years of Methodist-Catholic dialogue

Ecumenical Relationships, News & Events

This article was originally published at Vatican Radio http://en.radiovaticana.va/news. Pope Francis met with leaders of the World Methodist Council on Thursday, celebrating fifty years of dialogue between the two Churches. Noting that in the Old Testament, a golden jubilee was a moment to set slaves free, the pope said “we too have been freed from the slavery of estrangement and mutual suspicion”. Listen to Philippa Hitchen’s report:   After fifty years of patient dialogue, he said, “we are no longer strangers” but rather, through our shared Baptism, “members of the  household of God”. True dialogue, the pope continued, gives us courage to encounter one another

WMC Celebrate 50 Years of Methodist-Catholic Dialogue, Meets with Pope Francis

Ecumenical Relationships, News & Events, Press Releases

19 October 2017 — Rome, Italy A delegation consisting of the World Methodist Council (WMC) Steering Committee, Pastor Mirella Manocchio – President of L’Opera per le Chiese Evangeliche Metodiste in Italia (OPCEMI) , as well as members of the Methodist Roman Catholic International Commission for dialogue (MERCIC) met with Pope Francis in the Consistory Hall at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican, Rome. Bishop Ivan Abrahams, General Secretary of the World Methodist Council, delivered an address to the Pope, to which the Pope responded. Bishop Abrahams reflected on the occasion saying, “During this, our Golden Jubilee, 50 years of dialogue