Press Releases


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

Response to Deadly Shootings at Church in Charleston, SC

The world awoke this morning to tragic news of the deadly shootings at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. As authorities investigate, it is clear that members at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church were meeting for Bible Study and prayer when a Caucasian man in his mid-20s opened fire. The man had been attending the meeting with his victims, and managed to escape by car. He has not yet been captured.

Anglican-Methodist Co-operation Plan Launched at Home of St Patrick

By ACNS staff The Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury and World Methodist Council Vice President are to launch a publication that aims to overcome centuries of separate ministries of the two Christian traditions. Archbishop Justin Welby and Mrs. Gillian Kingston will be in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland—the home of St Patrick—on March 17, St Patrick’s Day, to launch Into All The World: Being and Becoming Apostolic Churches. The report, written by members of the Anglican-Methodist International Commission on Unity and Mission (AMICUM), highlights how Methodists and Anglicans have understood mission. It surveys places around the world where there is already active cooperation,

Prayers for the Victims of Church Bombings in Lahore, Pakistan

The World Methodist Council offers prayer and comfort for the people of Lahore, Pakistan, following the bombings near two Christian churches that killed at least 14 people yesterday. In a statement made today, Bishop Ivan Abrahams, General Secretary of the World Methodist Council said, “All peace loving people need to strongly condemn these cowardly orchestrated attacks on innocent worshipers. We cannot remain silent but harness all the spiritual resources of faith communities to make this world more like God’s design for it.” The World Methodist Council encourages each of its Member Churches to pray for the victims, their families, and

Prayers for Abducted Missionary in Nigeria

On Tuesday of this week, news of the abduction of Rev. Phyllis Sortor, a missionary for The Free Methodist Church, began circulating around the globe. On hearing this news, The World Methodist Council notes with concern the increase in kidnapping for ransom of Christians by criminal and ideologically motivated groups.

WFMUCW to hold meetings alongside World Methodist Council

The World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women will hold their 13th World Assembly concurrently with the World Methodist Conference in Houston, Texas USA. World Methodist Council General Secretary Ivan Abrahams said of the news “We welcome the news that the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women are holding their meetings during our gathering. We welcome them as family, allies in mission and as important voices within our faith.”

World Methodist Council unveils 2016 Conference Logo

During the World Methodist Council’s 2013 meeting at Wesley’s Chapel in London, the theme and logo for the 2016 World Methodist Conference was unveiled to Council members and guests. The theme, “One”, is used to both reflect the Council’s goal of being a body that unites the 80 member churches from the Methodist, Wesleyan, Nazarene, United and Uniting Church traditions as well as recalling John Wesley’s quote that “Methodists are one people in all the world”.