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

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Commission on international affairs addresses issues related to religion and violence

WCC meetingViolence perpetrated in the name of religion was highlighted as “a defining issue of our generation” by Canon David Porter when he spoke to members of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) of the World Council of Churches (WCC). United Methodist representative, the Rev. Stephen Sidorak ecumenical staff officer for the OCUIR, was in attendance.

Porter, appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury as director for reconciliation at Lambeth Palace in London, joined the WCC meeting via Skype on 17 February. The meeting has brought together CCIA members who will set directions for the work of the Commission in coming years.


At the meeting, Porter said that religiously sanctified violence is a global challenge, and not just an issue of the Arab world. “The reality is that those promoting such violence are looking deep into their own religious traditions and are attempting to find justifications for their actions,” he said.  (More ... )

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 For over 50 years, the National Workshop on Christian Unity has been gathering each year at a different city throughout the United States to bring together all those involved in the work of Christian Unity, welcoming delegates of church judicatories and ecumenists from all churches who share one faith, one baptism in Jesus Christ. We discover that there is so much more that we share than the focus on  differences which has kept us separated far too long.

The National Workshop on Christian Unity is the only national gathering of its kind in the world, intending to equip those given the responsibility of seeking unity with ongoing formation with excellent plenaries and seminars, opportunities throughout the week to join together in prayer, and provide a context for fellowship from which friendships can develop, friendships that are the starting place and cornerstone of any work of unity in the Body of Christ. In addition to the workshps will be the United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training (UMEIT).  UMEIT is a networking opportunity for United Methodists to learn best practices from ecumenical leaders working across the church. Please choose the UMEIT network when registering for the National Workshop. 


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North Carolina Churches Praising Together

By Sarah McKinney

Joint Service“A glimpse of heaven!” is how Rev. Olaf van de Klashorst’s described the ecumenical gathering on Sunday, January 25, 2015.  Three churches within 4 miles of each other gathered to praise God together.

Pastor Olaf serves Mount Bethel Evangelical Covenant Church on Highway 65 in Rockingham County, North Carolina.  Mount Bethel hosted a celebration for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  Also participating was Glencoe United Methodist Church served by the Rev. Dr. Edward McKinney and Liberty Wesleyan Church served by the Rev. Danny Janes.

UMs and Episcopalians celebrate Eucharistic Sharing Agreement

 The week of Christian Unity became real in tangible and spiritual ways on January 25, 2015 at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. when Christ set the banquet table and the Rev. Canon Gina Campbell served Communion to the people of God in both the United Methodist and Episcopal churches.

Her actions in the sanctuary were hailed by leaders of both denominations as “historic” as she brought the Interim Eucharistic Sharing Agreement to life in a way that “significantly deepens the expression and practice of Christian unity,” said Bishop Marcus Matthews of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church. (Read more ... )

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