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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

Communiqué From the Bilateral Dialogue
Representatives of the Moravian Church and The United Methodist Church met from 11 to 13 September 2014 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for the fourth session of the dialogue. The purpose of the meeting was to draft a joint statement declaring and affirming a full communion relationship between our two churches.

Previously, the dialogue had explored questions relating to the history, doctrine, polity, and church life in the Northern and Southern Provinces of the Moravian Church and The United Methodist Church. The dialogue committee found no church-dividing issues. Moreover, it concluded that, in accordance with the definitions used by each church to define a full communion relationship, such, in fact, exists already.

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Marching for climate change action

flyerUnited Methodists are among those planning to march in midtown Manhattan on Sunday, Sept. 21, to call for renewed action on climate change and other societal priorities that make for healthy communities.

 

Participants in the People’s Climate March, loosely coordinated through 350.org, hope to send a message to world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit two days later.

 

A Facebook Page, United Methodists at the Peoples Climate March in NYC, has been set up to provide information and a way to communicate. Click here for full UMNS story. 

 
Interfaith Task Force Targets Ebola Health Crisis
 Christians and Muslims are coming together to battle a deadly Ebola health crisis in Sierrra Leone. Religious leaders in the region are playing an important role in convincing people to take the epidemic seriously.  Read more about this ecumenical and interreligious effort.
 
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. 


 
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