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WMC Statement on Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka

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

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

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 North and South Korea Summit

The World Methodist council enthusiastically celebrates the recent meeting between President Moon Jae-In of South Korea and Kim Jong-Un of North Korea. After more than 70 years of separation, the historic meeting is a welcome first step toward peace, reunification, and denuclearization on the Korean peninsula. World Methodist Council President, Rev. Dr. J.C. Park stated, “The recent meeting gives me hope that peace is a very real possibility between our two countries. I encourage everyone to pray for the future meetings and negotiations that will hopefully result in improved relationships and denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.” The peace talks between

World Methodist Peace Award Nominations OPEN

Nominations for the World Methodist Peace Award are OPEN. Presented annually to an individual or group who has worked for peace, justice and reconciliation in their lives and in their ministries, the World Methodist Peace Award is a 30+ year tradition of the World Methodist Council. The criteria for the Award are (1) Courage; (2) Creativity; and (3) Consistency in their work and witness to peace. The Methodist Churches in Italy (OPCEMI) and the Nassar Family (Tent of Nations) received the 2017 World Methodist Peace Award Previous recipients include Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, Lawi Imathiu, Nelson Mandela, Boris Trajkovski, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Jimmy

WMC Seeks Donor Development Officer

The World Methodist Council seeks to appoint a part-time Donor Development Officer (Resource Mobilisation) that will take responsibility for ensuring the effective mobilization of required resources  to meet the goals of our “Achieving the Vision” Endowment Fund strategy.

WMC Statement on Methodist Church Attack in Quetta

The World Methodist Council has learned with horror and sadness of the bombing and shooting at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, Pakistan, in which at least nine people were killed and many injured. We offer our deepest sympathy to those whose families have been visited with violent death and injury in this attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of the congregation, the Church of Pakistan, and all those affected by this atrocity. We condemn unequivocally all such violence perpetrated in the name of religion and against those who are in minority communities wherever these may be. We urge those in positions of

World Methodist Peace Award Recipients Announced

Two organizations have been chosen to receive the World Methodist Peace Award for 2017. The recipients were chosen at this year’s World Methodist Council Steering Committee meeting held in Rome, Italy. The committee verbalized its desire to present the award to both a Methodist and Non-Methodist recipient, especially during a time when the world needs to hear and see peace-making in action. Both organizations have boldly worked for peace in their respective areas of the world, but have also been instrumental in inspiring others to work for peace globally. Methodist Churches in Italy (OPCEMI), was chosen for their work with

Statement on President Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Capital of Israel

  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

WMC Celebrate 50 Years of Methodist-Catholic Dialogue, Meets with Pope Francis

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