COB Local initiative grant application opens

The Council of Bishops provides leadership for the ecumenical and interreligious ministries of The United Methodist Church. To that end they are offering 3 grants, each in the amount of $1,000 to groups within United Methodist Annual Conferences for ...

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COB Staffer Rev. Dr. Hawxhurst to lead Churches Uniting in Christ

United Methodist Church Council of Bishops Ecumenical Staff Officer Rev. Dr. Jean Hawxhurst has been elected as President of the Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC), an organization of 10 member denominations, who hold visible unity, racial equity and ...

Churches in Germany tackle racism in Christian communities

The central service for the week of prayer for Christian unity took place for Germany in the cultural metropolis of Frankfurt. Different people affected by racism demanded changes in attitude and handling of the topic in the churches.

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COB announces recipients of ecumenical grants and scholarships

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has announced recipients of the 2023 Local Initiative grants and scholarships for those to represent the denomination at the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions.

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COB announces winner of $10,000 Bossey Institute scholarship

The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has named MS. Eliza Love as the 2023 recipient of the $10,000 scholarship to attend the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Institute at Bossey in Switzerland.

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UMEIT: Young Adult Network participants meet in Atlanta

The participants of UMEIT: Young Adult Network met in person in Atlanta last week as part of their two-year training program of the Council of Bishops. The UMEIT: Young Adult Network is a COB program that invites young adults from across the ...

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2022 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - A reflection

By Rev. Dr. Jean Hawxhurst The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated every year from 18-25 January in the Northern Hemisphere or around the feast of Pentecost in the Southern Hemisphere.   It is sponsored jointly by the Pontifical ...

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December 31 is deadline to apply to be part of next UMEIT: YAN cohort

The December 31, 2021, deadline for applying to be part of United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training: Young Adult Network (UMEIT: YAN) is approaching and interested young adults are urged to apply as soon as possible.

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2021 NWCU Registration is now open

It has been quite a year, and plans have continued to change, but the National Workshop on Christian Unity will go on for 2021!  We will have an entirely online Workshop which gives us the opportunity to provide you with the same great programming ...

COB Ecumenical Officer meets with leaders of UMC agencies

As the new Ecumenical Officer for the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, Bishop Sally Dyck met with several agency leaders on February 1 to talk with them about how they engage in ecumenical and interreligious ministry.

Churches Uniting in Christ Release Resources for Lent 2021

Press Release  Birmingham, AL: Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton, Chair of the Coordinating Council of Churches Uniting in Christ announces the release of new, ecumenical resources for the use of local congregations for this year’s Lenten and ...

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Uniting Church in Australia offers prayers for USA

President of the Uniting Church in Australia Dr Deidre Palmer has sent a letter to church leaders in the USA offering support and prayers during this trying time. The Uniting Church is the third largest Christian denomination in Australia and the ...

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World Council of Churches calling for peace in USA

Fr. Ioan Sauca, the Interim General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, has sent a letter to the leaders of communions in the USA, in in the aftermath of the attack on the Capitol Building to convey the renewed and strengthened solidarity of ...

Join in Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 18-25, 2021

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated every year January 18-25, or around the feast of Pentecost in some parts of the world. Every United Methodist annual conference is encouraged to participate with ecumenical services of prayer and ...

Bishops offer 2021 grants for local ecumenical initiatives

For Immediate Release Monday, September 28, 2020   WASHINGTON, D.C.– The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Local Initiatives Grants. Bishop Sally Dyck, Ecumenical Officer for the Council ...

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COB seeks applications for Bossey scholarship

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is inviting applications for a scholarship to attend The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey in Switzerland.

Training in Interreligious Relations offered for Young Adults - updated

The World Methodist Council is partnering with other organizations in offering training for Young Adults on Interreligious Relations that started in Asia and is now expanding globally. This year’s Young Adult Training for Religions Amity (YATRA) will...

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Kabacan Central UMC Celebrates Ecumenical Sunday

The Kabacan Central United Methodist Church, a vital congregation considered as one of the flagship churches of the Mindanao Philippines Annual Conference celebrated Ecumenical Sunday last January 19, 2020.