Dear Friends, We invite United Methodists to be in deep prayer for Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq as they are driven from their homes, some herded into isolated encampments where they face death by starvation and thirst. The armed forces of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seem determined …
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.