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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A Historical and Ecumenical Look at Methodist Identity

 United Methodists are Christian people born of mission and born to mission, according to Dr. Glen Messer, associate ecumenical staff officer of the OCUIR. Follow the link to read Messer's post that takes an historical look at Methodist Identity.The post is the latest in a series that re-examine the mission document of The United Methodist Church.  

"A Life Changed by Grace" by Dr. Glen Messer, II

The Power of Ecumenical and Interreligious Relationships
 Kathy Jones
Kathy Jones, director of Connectional Ministries for the 

South Carolina Annual Conference, discusses the power

of ecumenical relationships in addressing education issues

in her state.

(Albuquerque, N.M.) – South Carolina United Methodists are in the home stretch of their One Million Book Effort.   By June 3, 2014, they hope to reach their goal of collecting one million books to distribute through schools and libraries to children in low-income areas.

“We see a direct connection between illiteracy and poverty in our state,” said Kathy Jones, director of Connectional Ministries for the South Carolina Annual Conference.   She described the book effort and the challenges of poverty to participants at a United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training (UMEIT) event in Albuquerque, April 28, 2014.  


Mission Minute: A Conversation with Bishop Mary Ann Swenson

Bishop SwensonBishop Mary Ann Swenson is featured this week in the General Board of Global Ministries' Mission Minute.  Follow the link to read Bishop Swenson's interpretation of mission and why it is necessary.

"Mission is God's desire to see all of creation redeemed and restored to His original design.  Mission is our participation in that vision." 

 Click here to read more.

Christian and Jewish Leaders Achieve Breakthrough, Resuming Dialogue and Engagement
The heads of Jewish and Christian organizations and denominations met in an unprecedented summit in New York City today to discuss strategies to strengthen and maintain relationships even in the face of significant disagreements. The gathering to discuss relationships and how we treat each other was the first to bring together these groups since a letter was sent on October 5, 2012 by Christian groups calling on Congress to investigate Israel’s use of U.S. military aid.
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