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I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.


As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.


-- John 17:20-21, NRSV

Celebrating five years of the ELCA-UMC Full Communion Agreement
Bishops
Bishop Mark Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America and United Methodist Bishop
William Oden participate in an April 29 morning
worship service at the 2008 United Methodist General
Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. 
This August will mark the fifth anniversary of the final vote ratifying the full communion agreement between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the United Methodist Church (UMC).The establishment of this relation was the fruit of years of bilateral dialogues in which each denomination came to recognize each other as equal partners in the mission of God.

To mark the occasion, the ELCA-UMC Coordinating Committee is encouraging Lutherans and Methodists to come together for conversation, worship, study and to share a meal with the aim of growing in knowledge of each others' traditions as a way of living into the full communion agreement. Click here to review a model provided by the Coordinating Committee on how to plan a Full Communion event. 


 
Sand Creek Massacre and Acts of Repentance

Bishop Elaine StanovskyOn June 20, 2014, Bishop Elaine Stanovsky led the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference on a spiritual pilgrimage to the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, located near Eads, Colo. The journey, which marked the 150th anniversary of the Massacre in 1864, was an effort to educate United Methodist about the church's involvement in the historic tragedy and to begin healing relationships with Cheyenne and Arapaho people.

During the episcopal address, Bishop Stanovsky gave a detailed accounting of events leading up to the Sand Creek Massacre.  She also provided suggestions to United Methodists on how respond today to other historical injustices against indigenous peoples in the United States. The pilgrimage is part of the denominational commitment of "Healing Relationships with Indigenous Persons" launched at the General Conference in 2012. Click here to read the episcopal address.

 

 

 
A Historical and Ecumenical Look at Methodist Identity

 United Methodists are Christian people born of mission and born to mission, according to Dr. Glen Messer, associate ecumenical staff officer of the OCUIR. Follow the link to read Messer's post that takes an historical look at Methodist Identity.The post is the latest in a series that re-examine the mission document of The United Methodist Church.  


"A Life Changed by Grace" by Dr. Glen Messer, II

 
The Power of Ecumenical and Interreligious Relationships
 Kathy Jones
Kathy Jones, director of Connectional Ministries for the 

South Carolina Annual Conference, discusses the power

of ecumenical relationships in addressing education issues

in her state.

(Albuquerque, N.M.) – South Carolina United Methodists are in the home stretch of their One Million Book Effort.   By June 3, 2014, they hope to reach their goal of collecting one million books to distribute through schools and libraries to children in low-income areas.


“We see a direct connection between illiteracy and poverty in our state,” said Kathy Jones, director of Connectional Ministries for the South Carolina Annual Conference.   She described the book effort and the challenges of poverty to participants at a United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training (UMEIT) event in Albuquerque, April 28, 2014.  

 

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