Social & International Affairs

Chairperson: Bishop Dr. Chibuzo Raphael Opoko (Methodist Church Nigeria)

The Social Justice Committee of the World Methodist Council brings attention to current events and issues and how they affect constituents around the world. Current focus has centered on economic justice or injustice. A World Methodist Social Affirmation was developed and refined by this committee and approved in 1986. It has received worldwide acceptance and is published in literature of several member church denominations.

Statement on the Pittsburg Synagogue Shooting

News & Events, Social & International Affairs

The General Secretary of The World Methodist Council (WMC), Bishop Ivan Abrahams expressed shock at the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting which claimed the lives of 11. He strongly condemned the attack on unarmed civilians gathered for worship. “There is no place for hate speech and ant-Semitism in a society which espouses democratic values,” said Abrahams. On behalf of The WMC, Abrahams conveyed sincere condolences to the family and friends of those killed and pledged support and continued prayers for a speedy and full recovery of those injured in this cowardly act of violence.

Statement on Indonesia

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Four days after an earthquake and tsunami destroyed major parts of Sulawesi, in the Indonesian archipelago, the death toll exceeds one thousand with many more injured. Indonesia lies on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and is prone to natural disasters.   The General Secretary of the World Methodist Council, Bishop Ivan Abrahams, expressed condolences to the people of Indonesia and called on the Methodist community to pray and support those affected by the recent catastrophe.

Statement on the Death of Kofi Annan

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The World Methodist Council (WMC) joined leaders from around the world to pay tribute to Kofi Annan, who died aged 80 after a brief illness. Kofi Annan was the first sub-Saharan African to lead the United Nations (1997-2006). His deep commitment to justice, human rights and championing the fight against HIV and AIDS earned him the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1998, the WMC recognized his contribution and honored him with the Methodist Peace Award. Former WMC President, Dr. Francis Alguire recalls Kofi Annan’s acceptance speech at the ceremony in the Chapel of the United Methodist Women across from the United

WMC Statement on Attacks in Northeastern Nigeria

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The World Methodist Council condemns the deadly attacks in Damboa in Borno State, Nigeria where suspected Boko Haram jihadists targeted people celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday. At least 32 people were confirmed dead and 84 were reported injured. World Methodist Council General Secretary Ivan Abrahams expressed condolences to the families of those killed and called on all peace-loving people to pray for them and for those injured. He said, “Once again we see innocent civilians bearing the brunt of an indiscriminate attack at a religious celebration.” The United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Myrta Kaulard, says that 1.7 million people have been displaced by

Churches Call on UK Government to Support Stateless People

Interrelgious Relations, News & Events, Social & International Affairs

(from the Methodist Church in Britain) A new initiative calling for improved rights and better support for ‘stateless’ people has been backed by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams and Rabbi Hershel Gluck OBE, chairman of the Arab-Jewish Forum. The pair have joined 110 religious and faith leaders in signing a statement urging the UK Government to do more to welcome those who no longer have a country to call their home. The move comes during Inter Faith Week (12-19 November) which seeks to build on the good relationships and partnerships between people of very diverse faiths and

Statement on Rohingya Persecution

Interrelgious Relations, News & Events, Social & International Affairs

The World Methodist Council notes with alarm the “ethnic cleansing” of minority Muslims known as the Rohingya by security forces in Myanmar’s Rakhine province. It is estimated that at least 400 and possibly as many as 1,000 of the Rohingya ethnic minority have died since 25 August as a result of clashes and attacks on civilians including women and children. We condemn the violence, persecution and human rights abuses of the Rohingya by Rakhine Buddhists and government personnel, and we appeal to State Counsellor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her government to stop the abuse and

Post-Hurricane Message from C.M.E. Church Bishop

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Friday, September 8, 2017 Thank You, Moving On, and Moving Forward by Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick Dear CME Family: As the presiding bishop of the Eighth Episcopal District (the Jamaica Region and five Texas Regions), I am eternally grateful to the hosts of persons from across the Connection who have poured concern and aid into the Eighth Episcopal District by praying, by giving to one of the several churches listed in the brief messages I’ve sent in the last two weeks, or by coming to Texas and giving assistance in the southeastern part of the State with your labors. The

Bishop Yambasu Issues Statement from Council of Churches in Sierra Leone

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Council of Churches in Sierra Leone Statement on the August 14 2017 Flooding and Mud Slide in Freetown In the early hours of Monday August 14, 2017, parts of the capital city Freetown was overtaken by massive flooding and mud slides that led to the loss of hundreds of lives and millions of dollars in property. Communities worst affected are Regent, and Kamayama in the west and Kissy and waterloo in the East end of the city. In the last 24 hours, the Council of Churches has received many phone calls, e-mails and letters from our many partners around the

A.M.E. Council of Bishops Issues Statement Following Charlottesville

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The Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church condemns the violence that exploded in Charlottesville, Virginia. The “Unite the Right” march was sponsored by white supremacists, white nationalists, and the Ku Klux Klan to protest the removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee. It was responded to by counter protestors.

General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church Responds to Charlottesville

Press Releases, Social & International Affairs

August 11-12 in Charlottesville, Virginia we began to witness images of white nationalism, protests, counter-protests, violence, death, and tragedy. I denounce any behavior couched as Christian that dehumanizes people and elevates one group over another. Our doctrine as Christians and history as Wesleyans in particular compels us not to be silent or inactive, but to engage in love. I call on all Wesleyan Churches to pray for our nation, Charlottesville, and for pastors and community leaders on the front lines risking their safety there.