NEWS – World Methodist Council Mourns Death of Rev. Eddie Fox

With great sadness, we received the news about the passing away of Eddie Fox, who has been in hospice for the past two weeks.

The World Methodist Council extends heartfelt condolences to Eddie’s life partner, Mary Nell, and the Fox family during this time of grief.

We give thanks to God for the life and witness of Eddie Fox and the indelible mark he has left on the lives of many.

Eddie was the Director of World Evangelism for twenty-five years. He was the progenitor of two programs, namely, the International Methodist Younger Leaders Seminar and the Order of the Flame. Through his evangelism seminars held regularly on every continent, he moved World Evangelism from “success” to “significance” within the global Methodists family.

In paying tribute to Eddie Fox, World Methodist Council general secretary Bishop Ivan Abrahams shared the same sentiments  he had shared at Eddie’s farewell service in Nashville. “Eddie was immensely loyal to the World Methodist Council. His life was a testament to Wesley’s dictum for mission that held together holiness that knew no separation from social holiness.  We will miss Eddie’s cheerful disposition, his litany of stories drawn from his experience. Most of all, we will miss his wise counsel that often helped us, wright, the ship when tossed about on the seas of uncertainty, hopelessness, and despair.”

Please continue to pray for Mary Nell and the Fox family.

Our next issue of the WMC First Friday Letter will carry special tributes to Eddie. We will keep you updated regarding memorial services.

Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service

ENCOUNTER – MEOR Director Meets Lutheran World Federation President, Leaders

MEOR director the Rev. Matthew A. Laferty met with the president, general secretary, and other leaders from the Lutheran World Federation during their visit to Rome, 25-27 June 2021. Rev. Laferty was a special guest at a lecture by LWF general secretary the Rev. Dr. Martin Junge at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas on 25 June. He also conducted informal conversation with the Rev. Dr. Dirk Lange, LWF assistant general secretary for ecumenical relations, a wide range of topics including Methodist-Lutheran relations, the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, and ecumenism in Rome.

NEWS – Methodists join other Christians in appealing for peace and an end to provocative actions in Jerusalem

The World Methodist Council, Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church and the Methodist Church in Britain – partners in the Jerusalem Methodist Liaison Office – issue a joint statement on continuing violence in Jerusalem.

We stand together to support the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches of Jerusalem who have expressed their concern about continuing violence in Jerusalem and who have called on those in the international community to put an end to what they describe as “provocative actions.” 

We have been horrified by the scenes of violence in east Jerusalem which threaten the fragility of the Holy City and call on the Israeli Government to permanently halt the threatened evictions of Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, where clashes have also taken place. 

We urge calm on all sides and ask the politicians to enable an environment where justice and healing can be experienced by all and we join with the Heads of Churches to continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We continue to stand in solidarity with our Christian sisters and brothers who live and work in the Holy Land.

Issued on 11 May 20212

World Day of Prayer on 5 March 2021

There was a strong Methodist presence at a small ecumenical World Day of Prayer service on Friday, 5 March 2021 for the people of Vanuatu held at the Anglican Centre in Rome. The service was by prepared by laywomen from Vanuatu. MEOR administrator Stefanie Gabuyo played violin for the service. MEOR director and Methodist representative to the Holy See Matthew A. Laferty offered a blessing. Methodist mission partners Fiona Kendall and Grace Pratt Morris-Chapman led prayers.

From left to right: Stefanie Gabuyo, Rev. Matthew A. Laferty, Fiona Kendall, Grace Pratt Morris-Chapman

MEOR Forum co-chair Revd Ruth Gee reflects on theme of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

“We are different from one another in so many ways but we have in common our abiding in Christ.”

In this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity we are invited to reflect on what it means to abide in Christ.

When the world is changing around us, as we are experiencing change and loss as divisions and injustice in society are exposed more clearly because of a virus which we cannot control: what does it mean to abide?

To be called to abide is to be called to stability and to an ordered way of life. To be called to abide in Christ is to be called to find that stability and order through following Christ. We are invited to abide in Christ, to find in Christ the stable and sure basis for life.

Christians abide in Christ. Daily we seek to follow his way in our varied places, with different cultural heritages, worshipping in a rich variety of ways. We are different from one another in so many ways but we have in common our abiding in Christ. When we recognise our common abiding then we can be enriched by the perspectives of others and then we can begin to learn from and truly respect one another.

Jesus said, “Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) Together, as those who abide in Christ, we can do so much more to share the love of God and to speak and act against intolerance, injustice and oppression.

This year, the daily reflection for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been produced by the sisters in a Benedictine Community. Stability or abiding is an important part of the Benedictine way of life, it is about being rooted and grounded in Christ, recognising the presence of Christ wherever you are and following his way. You can find the daily reflections here.

Why not join in now or use them at any time of the year?

Aros yng nGhrist

Abide in Christ.

–  The Revd Ruth Gee is the co-chair of the MEOR Forum. She is also the Assistant Secretary of the Conference and Connexional Ecumenical Officer, marks  this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The original article appeared on the Methodist Church Britain website.