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.

WMC Statement on Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka

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The World Methodist Council (WMC) strongly condemns the terror attacks on worshippers gathered for Easter Sunday Services on the holiest day of the Christian calendar in Sri Lanka. Churches in Kochichika, Negombo, and Batticaloa as well as hotels in the capital, Colombo were targeted. The General Secretary of the WMC, Bishop Ivan Abrahams said; “these attacks at Easter is a cowardly deed against innocent civilians. The WMC stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka.” He further conveyed sincere condolences to the families who lost loved ones, wished all injured a speedy recovery and called for prayers for all

Statement of the WMC on the shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand

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The officers and members of the World Methodist Council condemn unequivocally the shootings at Masjid al Noor and at the Linwood mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is appalling that believers, gathered for worship, should be gunned down in such a deliberate, callous and calculated manner. As those who follow a God whose name and nature is love, we offer our love and support to all affected by this tragedy. We further offer heartfelt prayers for those who have been bereaved and injured in this atrocity, praying for their healing and comfort. In condemning these violent actions on innocent and

World Methodist Council Statement on Terror Attack in Kenya

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On Tuesday, January 15 the world witnessed a cowardly attack by Al-Shabaab, an affiliate of Al-Qaeda on holidaymakers and office workers at the DusirD2 hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya that claimed the lives of 14 people. The terrorist assault comes three years to the day after the attack on an African Union base at El Adde, Somalia in which an undisclosed number of Kenyan soldiers were killed and a day after a Kenyan court ordered three members of Al-Shabaab be tried for a raid on a Nairobi shopping mall in September 2013 in which 67 people died. The Officers and

Statement on the Pittsburg Synagogue Shooting

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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

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(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

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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