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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

A Church Which Goes Forth

 

Bishop Heinrich BolleterThe first Apostolic Exhortation of the Holy Father Francis being projected into the dilemmas of The United Methodist Church, By Bishop Heinrich Bolleter

The Church’s closeness to Jesus is part of a common journey; “communion and mission are profoundly interconnected”. In fidelity to the example of the Master, it is vitally important for the Church today to go forth and preach the Gospel to all: to all places, on all occasions, without hesitation, reluctance or fear. The joy of the Gospel is for all people: no one can be excluded. That is what the angel proclaimed to the shepherds in Bethlehem: “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people (Luke 2:10). The Book of Revelation speaks of “an eternal Gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tongue and tribe and people (Rev 14:6).
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National Workshop On Christian Unity

Save the date! National Workshop Logo
April 28 - May 1, 2014

Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

The workshops, bible study and worship will study the question "Has Christ been Divided?" Click on the link to see agenda and speakers.
National Workshop on Christian Unity
 
Seeking Justice at the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches
Peace PlenaryThe assembly engaged in deep reflection on one of the stated themes of the gathering—justice. In the day’s thematic plenary, we were challenged and inspired to engage in God’s work of justice in the world. We heard about greed and poverty, war, HIV/AIDS, and human rights and we were reminded that the God of life calls us to sharing in God’s justice. Malaysian journalist and Geneva-based South Center executive director told us “do not give charity but tackle the sinful structures that give rise to poverty.” South African pastor and activist Phumzile Mabizela called us to action, stating that our prayers must accompany our work for justice. She said “prayer on its own will not bring us justice"

 

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World Council of Churches 10th Assembly: In Mission Together
WCC 10th Assembly photoEach day of the General Assembly a theme is interlaced throughout the Bible study, daily thematic plenary session, and prayer services. On Monday I was anxious for the assembly theme: mission. As a United Methodist missionary serving through the United Methodist mission agency (the General Board of Global Ministries) the ‘mission’ theme seemed particularly relevant to my work in Moscow.

 

The new WCC mission document—Together Toward Lifewas the centerpiece of the day.

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