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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

United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training

logo United Methodists are invited to the 2014 United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training (UMEIT) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 28, 2014. 

 

The focus of UMEIT is Global Christianity and United Methodism's role in it, as well as in a religiously diverse world. Dr. Hendrik Pieterse of Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary will be our featured, guest speaker.

 

Who should attend? Local leaders, both clergy and lay, who are interested in furthering our common Christian witness with other denominations in the community and working for more understanding and better relationships with people in the community who hold other religious positions.

 

UMEIT Brochure

Letter of Invitation to the Council of Bishops

 
Resources Available for Week of Christian Unity

logoThe Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships (OCUIR) of the Council of Bishops is encouraging United Methodists around the world to participate in the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 18-25, 2014.

“We participate in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity to remind ourselves that we belong to Christ, and that we are one family in Christ,” said Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, ecumenical officer for the council. 

 

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Christian Unity Gathering - May 18-20, 2014

NCC logoThe first Christian Unity Gathering of the National Council of Churches will take place May 18-20, 2014, at the Hilton Dulles near Washington, D.C.  The Christian Unity Gathering is an opportunity for koinonia and Council-wide integration and fellowship with partners who are committed to racial, gender, and economic justice and to speak with a common voice on NCC priority themes of mass incarceration and an interreligious concern for peace. In addition to the NCC Governing Board, the Intergenerational Think Tank and Convening Tables, the Gathering will include partners, local and regional ecumenists, and congregants to enrich and enhance the ecumenical movement and to equip all involved.

 

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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Sarah McKinney1 Thessalonians 5:17 The Message “Pray all the time”

 

I’ve never made a New Year’s resolution.  Maybe it’s because there wasn’t anything I’ve needed to drastically change… or because I didn’t think I would have the stamina to carry it out for a whole year. But this year I’m going to step out and make a commitment up front on something that is really worth it!

 

Prayer, and thus my relationship with God, is going to get more of my attention and time.  Prayer is something I can become passionate about, unlike the usual resolutions.   As I respond to God’s call I plan to explore the many resources available to help me along the way.

 

I usually practice something before I commit, so I can know that I can do it.  Therefore I am making plans that will assist me as I follow through on my resolution for the whole year.

 

 

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