The World Methodist Council (WMC) and its member churches acknowledge the foundational role that the Holy City of Jerusalem has played in the history of the Christian Faith. The WMC, in partnership with two of its member churches, maintains a presence in the city through The Methodist Liaison Office in Jerusalem, which serves to increase awareness and involvement of the Methodist-Wesleyan community in current issues affecting Israel and Palestine. At this time of social, political, and religious sensitivity around the status of Jerusalem, we express dismay at the announcement of President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of
(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
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
The evangelists tell us that Jesus crisscrossed borders bringing his message about God’s love for all, compassion and forgiveness at an individual level, peace and justice in society, good will towards neighbours and attention to the lilies of the fields, birds of the air, and the waters from the wells. Jesus said, “whoever believes in me, rivers of living water will flow from within them” (John 7:38). A small WMC delegation composed of the General Secretary, the Chair of the Inter Religious Relationships Standing Committee and the two Methodist Liaison Office in Jerusalem Team Members visited the Jordan River Valley
On the 29th of October, the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly Dialogue with the Executive Council of Australian Jewry was held in Melbourne at the Centre for Theology and Ministry.
The newest Standing Committee of the WMC is Inter-Religious Relationship. Our mandate is to assist and help resource our WMC members and others in establishing relationships that will build a society of understanding and peace with peopleof different religions in our home communities. The Uniting Church in Australia suggests that its congregations take the month of September to build understanding and trust between people of different faiths and that it “is more important than ever.”
U.S., World Muslim Leaders’ Open Letter Refutes ISIS’s Ideology, Urges Supporters to ‘Repent,’ ‘Return to the Religion of Mercy’
Leaders of two of Britain’s major Churches say that the UK Government must not give into the rhetoric that Islamic State can simply be bombed out of existence. In a statement, leaders of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the Methodist Church in Britain say that the case for military intervention can only be supported as one part of a broader political and economic strategy to tackle the ideology of IS.
The Evangelical Methodist Church of Argentina recently participated in a conference entitled “Jewish-Christian Dialogue: Commitment, Challenges and Experiences”. The conference, held from August 19-21 in Buenos Aries, Argentina included representatives from many different faiths. The event was organized by the International Council of Christians and Jews, and the Argentina Judeo-Christian Fellowship. Bishop Frank Nully Brown of the Evangelical Methodist Church of Argentina spoke at the conference, which aimed to promote greater unity between Jews and Christians in Latin America. In attendance were over a hundred participants from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, the United