ENCOUNTER – Irish Methodists Visit MEOR

On Sunday, 11 September 2022, a delegation from the Methodist Church in Ireland visited MEOR to learn about its mission. During the encounter, Director Matthew A. Laferty discussed the importance of reconciliation in pursuit of Christian unity. The delegation was comprised of Mr Tom Wilson, Conference Lay Leader, Mr David Nesbitt, Irish Mission partnership coordinator, and the Rev. Barry Sloan, an Irish Methodist minister working as the European mission coordinator for the Methodist Church in Britain. The delegation also attended worship at Ponte Sant’Angelo Methodist Church in Rome – an English-speaking congregation near the Vatican led by the Rev Dr Daniel Pratt Morris-Chapman – where Mr Wilson preached. MEOR administrator Stefanie Gabuyo also participated in the encounter.

The Revd David Nixon, president of the Methodist Church in Ireland, who was also in Rome had to return to Belfast to participate in memorial events related to the death of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and, therefore, was unable to visit the Methodist Ecumencial Office Rome.

The delegation departed Rome on Sunday afternoon to visit Lampedusa and tour projects run by Mediterreanean Hope, a migration project of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy.