Churches Week of Action on Food is October 13-20

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Christians of all denominations and traditions are encouraged to rejoice and give thanks for God’s abundant provisions and to think of ways to share God’s gifts, so that all have enough. Jesus’ parable of the Great Banquet (Luke 14: 15-24) is used for inspiration and reflection. The image of a banquet refers to abundance, fellowship, joy and hope. All are invited. But in today’s world, far too many people have no access to healthy nutrition. This is not because there is a lack of food, but because people fail to share so that all are able to partake in the

Steering Committee expresses solidarity with Hong Kong Methodists

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The World Methodist Council Steering Committee meeting in Mexico City 28-30 August greets you in the name of Christ our risen saviour. We are deeply conscious of the unrest in Hong Kong and we write to you, our sisters and brothers in the Methodist Church Hong Kong and the Church of Christ in China Hong Kong as fellow members of the WMC, to assure you of our love and solidarity in these difficult times. We greatly respect the ongoing peace building work in which you are engaged. Our hearts are burdened by the continuing protests in Hong Kong and the

Anniversary of Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification Celebrated

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Words are inadequate to describe the warmth of the welcome extended by the Methodist Church in Mexico with music, dance, many flavours of food, conversation and prayer. The Steering Committee where possible meets alongside member churches. Meeting in Mexico City the Committee was enriched by the life of the local Church and the dynamic vibrant historic centre of Mexico City. Bishop Dr. Moises Morales and Youth and Young Adults chair, Rev. Samuel Murillo extended a particular welcome before the meeting was constituted with worship and celebration of Holy Communion. In his opening address President of the Council, Rev. Dr. J.C.

Prayers for Korea

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The World Methodist Council invited all its members churches to assist in spreading the word and calling for prayer for the Korean Peninsula. Each year, Christians are invited to join in a prayer for peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula. Prepared by the National Council of Churches in Korea and the Korean Christian Federation, the prayer is traditionally used on the Sunday before 15 August every year. The 15th of August, celebrated as Liberation Day in both North and South Korea, marks the date in 1945 when Korea won independence from Japanese colonial oppression, yet ironically it also was

Violence Condemned by WMC

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The World Methodist Council responds with shock and sadness to the shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, in which at least 31people were killed and many injured. We offer our deepest sympathy to the families of the deceased and injured in these attacks. We also condemn the tragic and senseless killing in the Boreno, northeastern state of Borno, Nigerian, which left 65 people dead and an additional number injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends, as well as those throughout the world who continue to mourn the loss of life. We pray for peace for all people

Methodist Delegation Sees ‘Bitter Fruits’ of Palestinian Occupation

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After a visit to the region, a delegation of Methodist representatives expressed horror at the military occupation of the Palestinian people. “We witnessed the bitter fruits of military occupation that have fallen disproportionally upon the Palestinian people,” said a statement of the delegation, which was made up of leaders of the World Methodist Council, the British Methodist Church, and the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. “We heard stories of families being separated, the denial of basic human rights, inequality of treatment, and the need for the Palestinian people to have a voice in the process

God Is On The Move: A Call to Be the Church in a New Way

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We believe, at this particular time, God is calling us to be the church in a new way. In the spirit of Pentecost, churches of the Methodist tradition gathered recently outside London. We were called together by the World Methodist Council to explore concerns among churches that were being formed by migrants in their new lands and concerns of longstanding churches in the host countries. In essence, we were called to explore what John Wesley really meant when he said “The world is my parish.” Together, this unlikely group of people from the global Methodist family with different roles from

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