PHOTO – World Day of Prayer, 5 March 2021

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

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.

WEBINAR – “From Denver to Dublin, from Brighton to Seoul: History of International Methodist-Catholic Dialogue from 1967 to 2006”

“From Denver to Dublin, from Brighton to Seoul: History of International Methodist-Catholic Dialogue from 1967 to 2006”
by Gillian Kingston (Methodist Church in Ireland)
Tuesday, 23 March 2021 at 20:00 Rome (+1 UTC)

Ms. Gillian Kingston, vice president of the World Methodist Council and former member of the Methodist-Roman Catholic International Commission (1986-2006), will speak about the history of the international Methodist-Catholic bilateral dialogue from its inception in 1967 to 2006, share the major issues debated during this time period, and reflect on the importance of the Methodist-Catholic bilateral dialogue in the late 20th century.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, 23 March 2021 at 20:00 Rome (+1 UTC) via Zoom. Email the MEOR administrator to receive the Zoom link. The event will last 45 minutes.

The webinar will be recorded and posted on YouTube after the event.

The webinar will be conducted in English.

BIOGRAPHY – Ms. Gillian Kingston comes from the Republic of Ireland. She is a lay preacher in the Methodist Church in Ireland and serves as the vice president of the World Methodist Council. For twenty years (1986-2006), she was a member of the Methodist-Roman Catholic International Commission and involved in the production of 4 commission reports. She was the chairperson of the Program Planning Committee for the World Methodist Conference in Seoul, Korea, in July 2006. Ms. Kingston is a past president of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland as well as the Irish Council of Churches. She was the first Lay Leader of the Conference of the Methodist Church in Ireland, a position established in 2010. Gillian is married to Tom, a Methodist minister who is retired; they have four adult children and eight grandchildren.

Italian Methodist Deacon Alessandra Trotta Lectures on Synodality

Italian Methodist deacon Alessandra Trotta, moderator of the Tavola Valdese of the Union of Methodist and Waldensian Churches in Italy, lectured on “Synodality and the Unity of Christians: A Waldensian Perspective” on Friday, 19 February 2021 as part of the Tillard Chair series jointly organized by the Institute of Ecumenical Studies at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Methodist Representative Meets Vatican’s Interreligious Dialogue Council President

On 19 February 2021, the Reverend Matthew A. Laferty, representative of the World Methodist Council to the Holy See and director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome, met H.E. Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, to discuss a number of topics related to interreligious dialogue. During their one hour meeting, they discussed the importance of interreligious dialogue to the work of the Catholic Church and the global Methodist communion, how to engage young people in building social friendship and interreligious understanding, and challenges to dialogue.

Rev. Laferty and Cardinal Ayuso also discussed the work of the Vienna-based KAICIID Dialogue Centre. Rev. Laferty is a 2021 KAICIID Fellow and Cardinal Ayuso is a member of KAICIID’s board of directors.

The Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome is the official center in Rome of the World Methodist Council for dialogue and ecumenical engagement, joint action with all religious traditions for peace and justice, formation, and hospitality. The World Methodist Council is a global Christian communion of 80 autonomous Methodist and Wesleyan churches in over 154 countries with nearly a total membership of 80 million members.

Youth and Young Adult Scholarships for 22nd World Methodist Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden

The World Methodist Council (WMC) Conference, to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, will bring together a dynamic and diverse group of young people from all over the world 18-21 August 2022 (inclusive travel dates). At the Conference, the Program will provide financial assistance to young people from different backgrounds, churches and regions. As a diverse community, stewards bring their faith, experiences and visions to a Wesleyan experience of togetherness and friendship. Being part of this enriching experience will challenge you, foster your involvement and participation and it could change your life as you work along other people from around the world. The Youth and Young Adult Committee will be involved in an on-site formation and work with Methodists from all over the world, representing the 134 member countries and 80 denominations of Methodists and Uniting Churches. More than 2,000 people representing a diversity of gender, age, laity and clergy will participate in the Conference.

Click here for more information about the scholarship program on the World Methodist Council website.