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The World Methodist Council urges its member churches to join the World Council of Churches, The All Africa Council of Churches, and others in the Global Day of Prayer for the End of Famine on 21 May. Resources are available on the WCC’s website and at www.praytoendfamine.org.
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
Nominations for the World Methodist Peace Award are now being accepted. Presented annually to an individual or group who has worked for peace, justice and reconciliation in their lives and in their ministries, the World Methodist Peace Award is a 30 year tradition of the World Methodist Council. The criteria for the Award are (1) Courage; (2) Creativity; and (3) Consistency in their work and witness to peace. Dr. Jo Anne Lyon received the 2015 World Methodist Peace Award for her work with World Hope, a global Christian relief and development agency which she founded in 1996. The immediate past General Secretary for The Wesleyan Church, Dr.
Members of the Baptist World Alliance and the World Methodist Council met February 1 to 8 at Runaway Bay Jamaica. The meeting was the fourth round of conversations of the international dialogue between Baptists and Methodists. The overall theme of the dialogue is faith working through love. The theme of the conversations this time centered on “Grace and faith : sung and preached, lived and shared”. Participants discussed a range of papers on the works of piety and mercy, in worship and preaching, including hymnody, and in the outworking of faith in practice among Methodists and Baptists in Africa, Asia,