WMC STATEMENT ON ISRAEL-GAZA WAR

The World Methodist Council (WMC) joins the call of the United Nations secretary-general, the
World Health Organization, the World Food Programme (WFP), International Red Cross, Religious
Bodies and other International Agencies for an immediate ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza war.


We believe in the universal values of peace, justice and equality and decry the violence as Israel
continue to dispense collective punishment for the Hamas October 7 attack on civilians in southern
Israel.


The WFP warns of “the immediate possibility” of mass starvation in Gaza where more than twelve
thousand people have died, thousands more injured and more than a million displaced.


We recognize that that the cycle of violence is rooted in decades of dispossession and call on people
of conscience everywhere to oppose the war in Gaza and the killing of Palestinians in the West Bank
and other occupied territories.


As reminded by Scripture, we were chosen by God, before anything was created (Ephesians 1:4). We
are the signate of God’s creation and believe in the sanctity of all human life. We pledge to respect
and protect the human rights of all persons especially Palestinians to live peacefully in the land of
their birth.

WMC STATEMENT ON ISRAEL-GAZA WAR

The World Methodist Council (WMC) joins the call of the United Nations secretary-general, the
World Health Organization, the World Food Programme (WFP), International Red Cross, Religious
Bodies and other International Agencies for an immediate ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza war.
We believe in the universal values of peace, justice and equality and decry the violence as Israel
continue to dispense collective punishment for the Hamas October 7 attack on civilians in southern
Israel.
The WFP warns of “the immediate possibility” of mass starvation in Gaza where more than twelve
thousand people have died, thousands more injured and more than a million displaced.
We recognize that that the cycle of violence is rooted in decades of dispossession and call on people
of conscience everywhere to oppose the war in Gaza and the killing of Palestinians in the West Bank
and other occupied territories.
As reminded by Scripture, we were chosen by God, before anything was created (Ephesians 1:4). We
are the signate of God’s creation and believe in the sanctity of all human life. We pledge to respect
and protect the human rights of all persons especially Palestinians to live peacefully in the land of
their birth.

Online Consultation on the Converging Food and Debt Crises on Wednesday,12 April, 2023 from 14h00 to 16h30 CET

Together with the All Africa Conference of Churches, Council for World Mission, FIAN
International, Lutheran World Federation, Organisation of African Instituted Churches, World
Communion of Reformed Churches, and World Council of Churches, the World Methodist Council
is organizing a Online Consultation on the converging food and debt crisis. Climate-related
disasters, a world reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic, combined with rising
international food prices – aggravated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine – mean increasing
malnutrition and starvation, particularly in Africa, Asia and Latin America. For churches called to
promote life-giving agriculture and a New International Financial and Economic Architecture
(NIFEA) for an Economy of Life, responding to the converging crises causing much suffering
amongst the poorest is nothing less than a moral imperative. The Online Consultation offers a
possibility to learn how to respond to the needs of those starving and how to implement systemic changes.
The online consultation will be held in English, with simultaneous interpretation into French and Spanish.

Here is the Zoom link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpc-qtqTsjGtUG9vq8ohW11L2xkm-sojBi

US Supreme Court Creates a Public Health Crisis

The Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church condemns the United States Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, reversing the 50-year precedent set in Roe v. Wade. This decision puts millions of women’s lives in danger and threatens the civil rights of all people. We will not let the retrogressive politics of one extremist political party strip away the rights for which our fore parents died. We remain in solidarity with the black, brown, and poor people who this decision will disproportionately impact. We ask each member to recommit to vote in every upcoming election to ensure that human beings are treated with equal dignity and respect and given equal access to resources.

While this dangerous opinion is not surprising, it still causes us to tremble. We pause to acknowledge the feelings of sorrow, betrayal, and fear that have gripped women who no longer have access to adequate health care. We’re still reeling from the ongoing mass murders committed by people with unfettered access to assault weapons guaranteed by the same court that purports to be “pro-life”. Nevertheless, we are committed to sit, stand, march, vote and pray with the millions of people now rightfully concerned about whether and when their fundamental freedoms will be the next to fall.

There is no time to waste. We must resolve to be present as priests and as public servants. We must work to encourage 100 percent voter turnout and to vote for persons and policies that address the needs of all Americans. We must stand together against all forms of racism, xenophobia, and white supremacist misrepresentation of biblical faith. 

We must never settle for less than what was promised in our nation’s Constitution: that we are ALL are enjoy the blessings of liberty. We will not shrink back from our faith. God’s justice and righteousness will prevail!

Prayerfully Submitted,

Bishop Ronnie E Brailsford, Sr.,  President of the Council of Bishops 
Bishop Adam J. Richardson, Senior Bishop
Bishop Paul J. M. Kawimbe, President of the General Board
Bishop E. Anne Henning Byfield, Chair of the Social Action Commission
Bishop Francine A. Brookins, Chair of the Public Statement Committee
Mrs. Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Director/Consultant of Social Action

Peace,
Rev. Dr. Jeffery B. Cooper
General Secretary/CIO
African Methodist Episcopal Church