Today (12 June) is World Day Against Child Labour

News & Events, Social & International Affairs

Today the World Methodist Council observes World Day Against Child Labour, joining its voice with others around the Globe, to bring awareness to the plight of innocent children caught in conflict and disaster, and forced into labour. Over 1.5 billion people around the world live in countries affected by conflict, violence and fragility, and around 200 million people are affected by disasters every year. Of these, one-third are children. One of the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (Target 8.7) aims by the year 2030 to “eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of

The World Methodist Council Reacts to Recent Terrorist Attacks

News & Events, Social & International Affairs, Youth and Young Adults

The world woke this morning to the heart-breaking news of yet another bombing, yet another terrorist attack. The United Kingdom is reeling following the deadly events at the Manchester Arena last night, and another suicide bomb exploded in Damascus, Syria this morning. Each attack that we hear about leaves an indelible mark. No matter how close, or how far away, our lives are forever changed. We imagine in the back of our minds who the persons were that died: mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, young, old, weak, strong. We imagine the void such a violent death leaves in the lives of

Call to Action to End Famine

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  Today, 21 May, the World Methodist Council joins more than 100 global, regional and national faith-based organizations and churches representing more than one billion people of faith, to gather in our communities of worship to observe the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine on 21 May 2017. Why 21 May? World leaders will be meeting at the G7 Summit in Italy on May 26-27. This is an important opportunity to highlight the urgency of the famine in South Sudan and looming famines in Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, while also drawing attention to the unfulfilled G7 pledge from 2015 to lift

Pray for an End to Famine

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Join churches worldwide on 21 May 2017 to pray for an end to famine. More people face famine today than any time in modern history. Unfortunately, this crisis is not hitting the news and the world is not responding quickly enough. The window to deliver life-saving assistance  to more than 20 million people  is closing. Churches have a prophetic role in calling its members, wider society and governments to make a difference during this unprecedented period of suffering. The Global Day of Prayer to End Famine on 21 May was created by a broad coalition of more than 70 faith-based

Celebrating the Life of Pauline Webb

Ecumenical Relationships, News & Events, Social & International Affairs

Dr. Pauline Webb, former Vice-President of the British Methodist Conference, and World Methodist Council member, passed away on 27 April 2017, at age 89.  Webb was the first woman vice-moderator of the World Council of Churches governing bodies, and was a pioneer for Women’s Ministry, raising the issue of women’s ordination at the 1959 British Methodist Conference.

Prayers for the Victims and Families of Palm Sunday Bombings

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The World Methodist Council (WMC) condemns the horrific Palm Sunday attacks on worshipers at two Egyptian Coptic Churches. The Christian community mourns today for those killed or injured following the bombings at St. George Church in Tanta and St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria (which took place minutes after the patriarch of the Egyptian Coptic Church, Pope Tawados II conducted a service). The attacks left  49 dead and at least 100 injured. The General Secretary of the WMC, Bishop Ivan Abrahams said; “these attacks at the beginning of Holy Week are cowardly deeds.” He appealed to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi to ensure the protection of all Egyptians, especially

Prayers for Victims of Earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan

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On behalf of The World Methodist Council we express our deepest condolences and concern to the families and loved ones of the victims of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Ecuador on Saturday (16 April) and the twin earthquakes (6.2 and 7.0 magnitude) that hit Japan last Thursday and Saturday. Such natural disasters are a part of the earth we inhabit, yet it is difficult to come to terms with the devastation and loss of life that they bring. We ask the Methodist/Wesleyan family to pray for these two countries as they cope with the great loss and begin the rebuilding

Statement on Violence Against Farm Workers in the Philippines

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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

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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