Tag Archive: World Council of Churches

Week of reflection on Mandela’s legacy

During a week celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela, United Methodists and those from other Methodist denominations and the ecumenical community continued to reflect on his legacy. The Rev. Cecil Rhodes, a South African pastor who served in the United Methodist Mississippi Annual (regional) Conference for six years, sent a message back to his friends there, noting the “common desire and commitment” to make his legacy last.

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Methodists, religious leaders pay tribute to Mandela

As the world learned of the passing of Nelson Mandela, United Methodists and other faith leaders offered tributes to the revered South African leader. The statesman, who died Dec. 5 at the age of 95, had many connections to Methodism throughout his life and also publicly acknowledged the contribution of religious leaders in the struggle against apartheid. His widow, Graça Machel, is a United Methodist from Mozambique.

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WCC assembly carries forward peace, unity message

For United Methodists participating in the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly, the election of Bishop Mary Ann Swenson as the first female bishop in a top leadership position was a highlight of the gathering.The assembly in Busan, South Korea, which wrapped up Nov. 8, focused on issues of unity, justice and peace, highlighted by attention to the desire for reunification of the Korean Peninsula.

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Korean pastor reflects on first assembly experience

During the second week of the Oct. 30-Nov. 8 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, United Methodist News Service asked the Rev. Thomas Kim, a Korean-American United Methodist pastor from the Northern Illinois Annual (regional) Conference, to reflect on his experience there. Here are his responses.

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Swenson elected vice moderator as WCC event ends

As the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly drew to a close Nov. 8, the new 150-member Central Committee was commissioned. Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, ecumenical officer for the United Methodist Council of Bishops, was elected vice moderator along with Metropolitan Gennadios of Sassima, Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (Eastern Orthodox.)

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Young adults lament lack of WCC representation

As World Council of Churches 10th Assembly moved into its final days, some youth have expressed dismay over their continued lack of representation in decision-making for the ecumenical body. The percentage of young adults elected to the new 150-member WCC Central Committee, which will help set the direction of the council over the next seven years, is 13 percent or 19 members.

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Three women elected to WCC Central Committee

Three United Methodists are part of the newly elected Central Committee of the World Council of Churches but the denomination’s representation on the council’s governing body has dropped from five to three seats.

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WCC assembly includes 21 ecumenical conversations

One of the 21 ecumenical conversations taking place throughout the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly is focusing on human security as a way of understanding global vulnerabilities. The Rev. Liberato Bautista, an executive with the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, is that committee’s resource person.

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WCC 10th Assembly opens in Busan, Korea

United Methodists will be among the 5,000 people joining in the Oct. 30 opening prayer service of the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly in Busan, South Korea, which continues through Nov. 8.

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Messages of Peace and Solidarity with Kenya and Pakistan

Responding to news about the violence in Pakistan and Kenya this weekend, the head of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, Thomas Kemper, said “as parts of the one body of Christ, we share in the sorrow of those who are affected by these heinous attacks.” An attack on September 21 at a …

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