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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2014 World Methodist Peace Award

2014 World Methodist Peace recipientsDr. Hugh G. Johnson, a retired missionary, pastor and former Superintendent of the North African District of the United Methodist Church and his wife Shirliann have been named as co-recipients of the 2014 World Methodist Peace Award.
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"A Pilgrimage of Peace & Justice": A Dispatch from Knut Refsdal

By the Rev. Knut Refsdal, General Secretary of the Christian Council of Norway

    and member of OCUIR's Steering Committee 


 An ecumenical vision of justice and peace set the tone for the biennial meeting of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva this summer.


The committee is the highest governing body of the WCC between  General Assemblies held every eight years.  This summer’s committee agenda included follow-up on resolutions and statements from the General Assembly in Busan, South Korea, last November.


The committee consists of 150 members from approximately 350 member churches.  In addition, many churches, councils of churches and other organizations send observers. Several hundred gathered in Geneva in June and July for the continuation of an important journey together as Christians. 


There was a positive and constructive atmosphere during the sessions led by new moderator Agnes Aboum, Anglican from Kenya. I especially liked the consensus method, something I hope will be used more in my own church.

Remember Rwanda - Embracing the Post-Genocidal Church
Commentary by the Rev. Donald E. Messer*

 The Rwanda United Methodist Church (RUMC) began 19 years ago, in 1995, as a post-genocide church, with refugees from eastern Congo.  The Rwandan Genocide was a mass slaughter of children, women, and men of Tutsi and moderate Hutu by the Hutu tribal majority.   During approximately 100 days—from April 7, 1994, to mid-July, some 800,000 people were killed while the world stood by and did nothing to intervene.

The people of Rwanda felt stranded, isolated and abandoned by the United Nations and world powers. Today’s population is about twelve million and noting tribal differences is discouraged by the government.
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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