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

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.
The Moravian Church and The United Methodist Church Seek Common Ground
 Representatives of the Moravian Church and the United Methodist Church met February 27 to March 1, 2014 at the Alma Matthews House in New York City for the third session of the dialogue. After having explored areas of church life and structure as well as theological aspects of the faith communities, the dialogue team easily came to the understanding that the two faith groups not only share historical connections but also present day understandings of being church and doing mission.  The group found that in fact, a wonderful partnership already exists at both the judicatory and congregational level.
Register for UMEIT Today!

 PieterseThe Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships invites you to the United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training (UMEIT) on April 28, 2014 in Albuquerque.  UMEIT is an interactive training session which brings together United Methodist ecumenists from all levels of denomination to further Christian witness and build interfaith communities.

The conference will feature a presentation by Dr. Hendrik Pieterse, Associate Professor of Global Christianity and World Religions from Garret Evangelical Theological Seminary.  Dr. Pieterse will give a brief overview on Christianity as a world faith, important theological and missional issues raised by the reality of a world church, and implications for United Methodist identity and mission in its ongoing efforts to be a "worldwide" denomination.

Click here for more information.
Register today!

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