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

News & Events, Press Releases, Social & International Affairs

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)…

Statement Against Attacks on Foreigners in South Africa

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In the wake of escalating violence against foreign nationals, refugees and asylum seekers in the Republic of South Africa, World Methodist Council representatives express concern and disappointment at these clear violations of human rights. General Secretary Ivan Abrahams and the Social Justice Committee of the World Methodist Council issued this joint statement today condemning the violence and attacks: