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

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

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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 ShootingTracker.com, 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

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Study Resource Focuses on Migration

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A study resource entitled “Sanctuary for All” focuses on the Methodist response to migration and foreigners. It is specifically prepared with Churches in mind, and can be used anywhere in the world. With media attention on the global migration crisis, it is important to thoughtfully, and prayerfully consider what our response should be. The Rev. Dr. Inderjit Bhogal, the developer of this resource, is part of the Connexional Team for The Methodist Church in Britain. He has previously worked as the Leader/CEO of the Corymeela Community in Northern Ireland, was the CEO of the Yorkshire and Humber Faiths Forum, and served as the President of the Methodist

Welcoming refugees as ‘fellow pilgrims’ in Europe

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By Linda Bloom Sept. 15, 2015 | NEW YORK (UMNS) As refugees continue to trek across Europe, Methodist leaders are recognizing that church members there may “experience and interpret” the effects of that migration in different ways. But European church leaders said that those who play on people’s fears must be challenged and encouraged support to those in need. God calls the church “to welcome those who arrive as our fellow pilgrims,” the European Methodist Council said in a pastoral letter to the Methodist, Wesleyan and united churches in Europe, as well as the European public. “We commit ourselves to

Response to Deadly Shootings at Church in Charleston, SC

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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.

Focus on Child Health

Family Life, Social & International Affairs

The feeling of loss comes too early when we lose a loved one. It is even more heartbreaking when the loved one is a young child. Each year, approximately 7 million children, under the age of five, die worldwide due to preventable causes. That is a large number. According to the World Health Organization (WHO)…