Press Releases


Response to Recent Violence

On July 14, when the French should have been joyously celebrating La fête Nationale (or Bastille Day), they found themselves mourning dozens who lost their lives or were injured in the brutal attack in Nice. Just one day later, violence erupted in Turkey during an attempted coup, leaving hundreds dead and thousands uncertain about their country’s future. And on Sunday, more violence ensued in the U.S. city of Baton Rouge as police officers were targeted in yet another shooting. The World Methodist Council (WMC) condemns all forms of violence and joins the French, Turks, United States, and all people of goodwill to pray for

World Methodist Council Responds to Dallas Shooting

The news of last Friday’s attack at a peaceful prayer rally in Dallas, Texas, has saddened and shaken the world. In a statement yesterday, General Secretary Ivan Abrahams said, “As I depart South Africa to return to the United States today, I am deeply saddened by the news of yet another violent attack in the heart of the U.S. Our prayers are with the people and law enforcers in Dallas, Texas. I urge the Methodist/Wesleyan community to pray with fervor for this ‘violent storm’ to end. Violence has become part of our global landscape, and violence by firearm and weapons

Statment on the Orlando Nightclub Shooting

Our heartfelt prayers go out to the family and friends of those killed and injured by the senseless act of violence on innocent people at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday morning. This massacre was a cowardly attack on the rights and freedom of all peace-loving people. The World Methodist Council condemns all acts of violence, hatred and bigotry, and affirms the dignity of all persons irrespective of race, religion, or sexual orientation. We pray for God’s peace to touch the lives of all those affected, and we continue to hope for a day when that peace extends to the

Statement on Violence Against Farm Workers in the Philippines

The World Methodist Council lifts up its voice against the violence toward protesting farmers in Kidapawan, Philippines. We pray for the government leaders in the Philippines to act with compassion in considering the plight of these farmers after losing their livelihoods and their only means of sustenance. They have not been supported by their government, but have been left to suffer when the forces of nature destroyed their hard work. For our God commands: Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and

World Methodist Council Responds to Paris Attacks

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

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

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

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

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

“Worthy Recipients” of the World Methodist Peace Award

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.

Pastor-Couple to Receive World Methodist Peace Award

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