Criteria to those seeking Museum artifacts

Thank you for your interest in the World Methodist Museum. Linked below is the protocol that will be used to determine how the transfers are made and the core values that will be used to determine the important sharing of this ministry. We hope this is helpful and we look forward to receiving your proposal. 

You may address questions to info@worldmethodistcouncil.org and every effort will be made to answer in a timely manner. 

The committee has released the criteria for individuals and organizations such as museums, theological schools, etc. below.

Statement from the Methodist Church in Peru

Please read a statement from Bishop Samuel Aquilar, bishop of the Methodist Church in Peru, regarding the troubles and political unrests in Peru, a country also deeply affected by COVID-19.

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Christian leaders worldwide urge IMF and World Bank to cancel debts

More than 140 senior Church leaders representing millions of Christians around the world have signed a letter urging the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to cancel debts for developing countries fighting the coronavirus pandemic. 
The letter – signed by cardinals, archbishops and heads of religious congregations from different Christian denominations – was sent ahead of the World Bank and IMF annual meetings on 16-18 October. 
 
The institutions are expected to discuss debt relief for poor nations at the meeting as part of planning for the global economic recovery. 
 
In the letter, the Church leaders encourage the institutions to show “courageous leadership” and argue that debt cancellation “is the most immediate way to release the finance required to prevent millions of our sisters and brothers being needlessly pushed into poverty by the pandemic.”
 
 Signatories to the letter include:
 
• Sister Alessandra Smerilli (Coordinator of the Economy Taskforce of the Vatican Commission for Covid-19);
• Prof Isabel Apawo Phiri (Deputy General Secretary, World Council of Churches);
• Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon (Secretary General of the Anglican Communion);
• Rev. Fidon Mwombeki (General Secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches);
• Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu (Archbishop of Kinshasa);
• Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario (Archbishop Emeritus of Dhaka); and
• Cardinal Berhaneyesus D. Souraphiel (Archbishop of Addis Ababa).
 
‘Grave risk without debt cancellation from World Bank and IMF’
 
The faith leaders write that each has “borne witness to the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the most vulnerable members of our communities through illness, death, hunger and loss of livelihoods.”
 
“Without the cancellation of debts, there remains a grave risk that developing countries will not have the money so desperately and urgently needed to halt the spread of the virus, to treat people suffering from the virus and to mitigate and recover from the economic and social destruction threatened by the virus”, the letter insists.
 
The senior Christian figures cite a call from Pope Francis for debts to be cancelled “in recognition of the severe impacts of the medical, social and economic crises” faced by vulnerable countries as a result of the coronavirus. 
 
The Pope reiterated his call for relief earlier this month in an encyclical warning the world must work together to rebuild following the pandemic. 
 
The Christian leaders’ letter was coordinated by global NGOs, including CAFOD, Christian Aid and CIDSE.  
 
 
NOTES TO EDITORS
 
1.  You can download the full letter as a pdf – see below
 

CONDOLENCES TO THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF SIERRA LEONE

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The World Methodist Council has learnt with great sadness and shock of the tragic death of
your spiritual leader, The Right Reverend John K. Yambasu on 17th August. We understand that
Bishop John sadly succumbed to an accident on his way to attend the funeral of a colleague,
The late Revd. Edmund Kamara, in Northern Sierra Leone.

On behalf of the World Methodist Council, representing some 80 million people called
Methodists across the globe, I convey my heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to the
United Methodist family at large. I pray that the Almighty bind up your broken hearts and souls
as you prepare to come to terms at your devastating loss.

And yet, we give thanks to the Creator for the gift that was Bishop Yambasu, for his Ministries in
Christian Education and Youth, for founding the Child Rescue Center in Sierra Leone and for his
leadership as Bishop of the United Methodist Church since 2008.
We pray too, during this time of grief, when brokenness of heart and spirit forcefully remind us
that death is woven into the very fabric of our human existence, that Bishop Yambasu’s wife,
Millicent and children, Rebecca, Adima, John, Emmanuel and Elizabeth will know God’s love
and comfort in a very special way.
The Lord is near to those who mourn; he lifts up those who whose spirit is crushed. Ps 34:18;
The Lord binds up the brokenhearted, Isaiah 61:1-3

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Ivan M Abrahams
General Secretary

Mission Beyond COVID-19: COVID-19: Hindrance or Help to Peacemaking?

The COVID-19 pandemic has enforced national borders through travel bans and disrupted planned peacemaking events for 2020, such as those associated with the 70th anniversary of the Korean War. But it has also led to new calls for a cessation of hostilities world-wide, such as the UN Security Council’s Resolution 2532. Will the pandemic lead to more separation and conflict as groups seek to secure their own health and other interests? Or is the pandemic an opportunity to redefine peace and security in terms of people, human life and value, and the importance of (re)securing relations with one another? 
Moderator: Dr. David W. Scott, mission theologian, Global Ministries
Panelists include: 
Bishop Ivan M. Abrahams, general secretary, World Methodist Council 
Rev. Dr. Jin Yang Kim, Global Ministries global missionary and coordinator of Korean Peninsula
Dialogue and Peacebuilding of the World Council of Churches
Originally recorded August 12, 2020.