Could this be you? We are seeking an ordained person from a Methodist, Wesleyan United or Uniting Church to serve the World Methodist Council as Director of the Methodist Ecumenical Centre in Rome (MEOR). The person appointed will develop and build on the work of MEOR on behalf of its partners, the World Methodist Council, European Methodist Council, the Methodist Church in Britain (MCB),the Methodist Churches in Italy (OPCEMI) and others, as a resource for the global Methodist family in order to help facilitate Methodist relationships with the wider ecumenical community, in particular with the Pontifical Council for Promoting
The Global Day of Prayer to End Famine hopes to unite ecumenical partners and faith communities all over the world as a prayerful and spiritual movement to: Encourage prayer, reflection and action with information and suggestions. Bring awareness regarding famine’s impact on the most vulnerable children and families and to help address its root causes. Connect with church-related and other humanitarian organizations that are currently working to bring immediate relief and positive long-term change so children and families can live out God’s aspiration for a dignified, peaceful and violence-free future Help communities and congregations to uphold each other in prayer and support,
This article was originally published at Vatican Radio http://en.radiovaticana.va/news. Pope Francis met with leaders of the World Methodist Council on Thursday, celebrating fifty years of dialogue between the two Churches. Noting that in the Old Testament, a golden jubilee was a moment to set slaves free, the pope said “we too have been freed from the slavery of estrangement and mutual suspicion”. Listen to Philippa Hitchen’s report: After fifty years of patient dialogue, he said, “we are no longer strangers” but rather, through our shared Baptism, “members of the household of God”. True dialogue, the pope continued, gives us courage to encounter one another
19 October 2017 — Rome, Italy A delegation consisting of the World Methodist Council (WMC) Steering Committee, Pastor Mirella Manocchio – President of L’Opera per le Chiese Evangeliche Metodiste in Italia (OPCEMI) , as well as members of the Methodist Roman Catholic International Commission for dialogue (MERCIC) met with Pope Francis in the Consistory Hall at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican, Rome. Bishop Ivan Abrahams, General Secretary of the World Methodist Council, delivered an address to the Pope, to which the Pope responded. Bishop Abrahams reflected on the occasion saying, “During this, our Golden Jubilee, 50 years of dialogue
Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, appointed Geneva Secretary for the 2016-21 quinquennium, recently attend the World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee on 7-9 June. This was the first meeting she attended representing the World Methodist Council in this role. Also attending the WCC Executive Committee meeting was Bishop Mary Ann Swenson from The United Methodist Church, serving as vice-moderator. The overarching theme of the meeting was that of “Unity.” This was stressed by WCC General Secretary Dr. Olav Fyske Tveit as he addressed the group, stating that WCC’s main objective is to advance visible unity, through prayer and common service to the
The World Methodist Council (WMC) was present to witness the fourth world Christian body to adopt the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ) on 5 July at the 26th General Council of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) in Wittenberg, Germany. Looking on during the signing were WMC’s President, Rev. Dr. Jong Chun Park and General Secretary Ivan Abrahams. Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, WMC’s Geneva Secretary, was also present in the congregation. The WCRC signed the document, joining Catholics, Lutherans, and Methodists in confirming our shared witness to the Gospel. During the ceremony, the WCRC also signed a “Wittenberg Witness”
Dr. Pauline Webb, former Vice-President of the British Methodist Conference, and World Methodist Council member, passed away on 27 April 2017, at age 89. Webb was the first woman vice-moderator of the World Council of Churches governing bodies, and was a pioneer for Women’s Ministry, raising the issue of women’s ordination at the 1959 British Methodist Conference.
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.
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,
Rev. Dr. Tim Macquiban was preparing to attend the World Methodist Conference in Houston, Texas, when the massive 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Central Italy. Serving as director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office in Rome, he felt the tremors of the quake, and upon finding out that many from Rome and the nearby area were displace, injured or even killed during the quake, he was moved to write this prayer: Loving God, creator of the world and all that is in it. To you we turn in times of tragedy and distress, out of our human weakness, when the mountains shake