Bishop Ivan Abrahams, general secretary of the World Methodist Council and co-chair of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome, issues the following statement on the conflict in Ukraine:
Seven days after Russian troops crossed into Ukraine, we gather with ecumenical partners and all people of goodwill to remember political leaders, soldiers, and civilians caught up in the current conflict. We pray that God may “guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:79)
The World Methodist Council supports Pope Francis’s peace initiative to mediate the conflict between Russia and Ukraine after recent talks failed to lead to a ceasefire. We note that the Pontiff called on leaders of both countries “to examine their consciences seriously before God, who is the God of peace and not of war.”
Methodists are committed to peacebuilding and have a long tradition of solidarity with all who challenge violence and injustice.
May we read the signs of the times and interpret them in the light of the gospel.