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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.
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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.
 
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