ENCOUNTER – MEOR Director Visits Grand Mosque of Rome

On Friday, 20 May 2022, the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome organized a tour of the Grand Mosque in Rome which is the largest mosque in Europe. The mosque can accommodate 2,500 worshippers and has a vibrant multicultural community. The Rev. Matthew A. Laferty, director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome, led a delegation from Churches Together in Rome, an ecumenical association of Protestant and Catholic foreign language communities in Rome, on the tour. Thank you Imam Nader for the warm welcome and extensive tour.

EVENT – Newman’s Significance Today on 16 June

The Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome cordially invites you to a symposium entitled

Newman’s Significance Today

on St. John Henry Newman

and a book launch of

Newman in the Story of Philosophy

by Rev. Prof. Daniel PRATT MORRIS-CHAPMAN
Minister of the Ponte Sant’Angelo Methodist Church in Rome
Visiting Professor at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome
Research Fellow of Wesley House Cambridge (UK)
Chairperson of Churches Together in Rome

Thursday, 16 June 2022 at 15:30 (Rome time)

Aula Newman
Pontifical Urban University
Via Urbano VIII 16, 00165 Rome

There will be lectures by the following

  • Prof. Fred AQUINO on “Newman and Contemporary Epistemology”
  • Prof. Luca TUNINETTI on “John Henry Newman and the Quest of Certainty in Modern Epistemology”
  • Prof. Gerald WHELAN SJ on “Newman and Lonergan”
  • Archbishop Ian ERNEST on “Newman and the Anglican Tradition”
  • Prof. Daniel PRATT MORRIS-CHAPMAN on “Newman and the Methodist Tradition”

The event will be in-person in accordance with current Covid regulations.

The event will be live-streamed via Zoom. Click here to register to watch the event online via Zoom.

Questions? Email us at events [at] meorome.org

NEWS – World Methodist Council President’s Statement on Covid Crisis in DPRK

The Rev. Dr. JC Park, president of the World Methodist Council, issued the following statement on 18 May 2022

On behalf of the World Methodist Council, I wholeheartedly endorse the WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr. Ioan Sauca’s Statement on COVID-19 crisis in the DPRK.

The WMC also endorses the WCC’s call for a centralized and coordinated approach to the
international response, through the UN, and for any obstacles presented to this response by
the current sanctions against the DPRK to be lifted as a matter of fundamental ethical and
humanitarian responsibility.

The WMC strongly calls for a peacemaking summit between President Biden and President
Yun on May 20, 2022. Korea in particular and East Asia in general need real peace, not a
new Cold War and even a ‘hot peace’ which wages war in the name of peace. The WMC
reaffirms its commitment to the Roundtable for the Peace on the Korean Peninsula and will
continue to work together in solidarity with Ecumenical Forum for Peace, Reunification and
Development Cooperation on the Korean Peninsula.

The WMC strongly calls for a peacemaking summit between President Biden and President
Yun on May 20, 2022. Korea in particular and East Asia in general need real peace, not a
new Cold War and even a ‘hot peace’ which wages war in the name of peace. The WMC
reaffirms its commitment to the Roundtable for the Peace on the Korean Peninsula and will
continue to work together in solidarity with Ecumenical Forum for Peace, Reunification and
Development Cooperation on the Korean Peninsula.

ENCOUNTER – MEOR Director Preaches at Methodist Central Hall Westminster in London

The Rev. Matthew A. Laferty, director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome, preached on Sunday, 15 May 2022 at Methodist Central Hall Westminster in London. Methodist Central Hall is located across the street from Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster, the seat of the UK Houses of Parliament. He preached on the Sunday lectionary text from Revelations 21, calling for us to reimagine our world in light of what God in Christ is already doing in our world.

Rev. Laferty preaching at Methodist Central Hall Westminster on 15 May 2022 as Rev. Laferty (center) with MCHW clergy the Revd Lansford Penn-Timity and the Revd Tony Miles look on. Photo by Caleb Siems.
Rev. Laferty preaching for the 09:30 online service at Methodist Central Hall Westminster. Photo by Caleb Siems.
Rev. Laferty (center) with Methodist Central Hall clergy the Revd Lansford Penn-Timity (left) and the Revd Tony Miles (right). Photo by Caleb Siems.

Cover photo © Copyright PAUL FARMER. Used by permission under licens for reuse by the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license. The image was cropped.

NEWS – Methodist-Roman Catholic Report Published – “God in Christ Reconciling: On the Way to Full Communion in Faith, Sacraments, and Mission”

Despite being unable to have their last scheduled meeting in October of 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, the Methodist–Roman Catholic International Commission (MERCIC) was able to complete its eleventh report entitled God in Christ Reconciling: On the Way to Full Communion in Faith, Sacraments, and Mission through a series of plenary (Hong Kong in 2018 and Nairobi in 2019) and drafting meetings. The document was submitted to the Catholic Church’s Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and, with the completion and approval of a Catholic commentary prepared by Father Paolo Cocco, OFMCap, this Pontifical Council is now able to be publish the text. The Ecumenical Relationships Committee of the World Methodist Council received the MERCIC report in March 2022 and has commended it for study and publication by WMC member churches. The World Methodist Council will receive and approve the report when it meets in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2024.

The document examines the Church as a reconciled and reconciling community. Reconciliation pertains to soteriology and so the document examines the way in which reconciliation with God, with neighbour, with oneself and with the whole created order, describes the salvation offered to us in Christ.

As the Church fulfils its calling to take God’s Good News to the peoples of all ages and cultures it brings the revelation it has received into new contexts that pose new questions and demand new expressions of the Church’s one faith. As a result the Church is always a unity of diverse Christians. The report’s second chapter examines the processes whereby both our traditions maintain communion, ensuring unity while allowing legitimate diversity.

Reconciliation was an essential element of the earthly ministry of Jesus and is therefore a ministry which the Church is called to manifest and celebrate in her own life. Chapter three of the document examines the ways in which reconciliation is celebrated liturgically in each of our two communions and chapter four looks at ways that our communions seek to be ministers of reconciliation also in our mission to the world.