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

ENCOUNTER – CJ4A Leaders and MEOR Director Meet

The Rev. Matthew A. Laferty, director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome, met today with Irene Abra and James Appleby from the Climate Justice for All campaign to learn about their work, how they are mobilizing Methodist young people for climate justice, and their plans for the Pre-COP26 and COP26 meetings. In the soon-to-be published report from the Methodist-Roman Catholic International Commission, the report describes creation care and climate justice as a central feature of the church’s ministry of reconciliation in the world.

VIDEO – History of the International Methodist-Roman Catholic Dialogue from 2006 – 2021 by the Rev. Dr. David Chapman from the Methodist Church of Great Britain

On 11 May 2021, the Rev. Dr. David Chapman, a presbyter from the Methodist Church Britain and Methodist co-chair of the Methodist-Roman Catholic International Commission, presented on the history of the international Methodist-Catholic bilateral dialogue from 2006 to 2021 in a webinar entitled, “Grace and Holiness: Catholics and Methodists in Dialogue, 2006-21”. His recorded lecture is available on YouTube.

BIOGRAPHY – The Revd. Dr. David Chapman is the Methodist co-chair of the Methodist-Roman Catholic International Commission since 2011. He is a presbyter of the Methodist Church in Great Britain where he presently serves as Chair of the Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire District. He has a PhD in theology from the University of Cambridge and is a member of the British Methodist Faith and Order Committee and the World Methodist Council. He is the author of In search of the catholic spirit: Methodists and Roman Catholics in Dialogue and has contributed to numerous published volumes and journals on topics relating to Methodist theology and ecumenism.

WEBINAR – “Grace and Holiness: Catholics and Methodists in Dialogue, 2006-21” on 11 May 2021 at 18:00 Rome (+2 UTC)

The Revd Dr. David Chapman, Methodist co-chair of the Methodist-Roman Catholic International Commission, will lecture on the history of international Methodist-Catholic dialogue from 2006 to the present.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, 11 May 2021 at 18:00 Rome (+2 UTC) via Zoom. The event will last 45 minutes and will be conducted in English.

A recording of the event will be posted on YouTube in the days following the webinar.

BIOGRAPHY – The Revd. Dr. David Chapman is the Methodist co-chair of the Methodist-Roman Catholic International Commission since 2011. He is a presbyter of the Methodist Church in Great Britain where he presently serves as Chair of the Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire District. He has a PhD in theology from the University of Cambridge and is a member of the British Methodist Faith and Order Committee and the World Methodist Council. He is the author of In search of the catholic spirit: Methodists and Roman Catholics in Dialogue and has contributed to numerous published volumes and journals on topics relating to Methodist theology and ecumenism.