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METHODIST CONTRIBUTION TO A BIG PROBLEM DISCUSSED IN ITALY

Members of the European Methodist Council (EMC) discussed ecological problems at their annual meeting. The following statements came as a result as well as some others: – We pledge to be active in our own churches and countries with respect to climate change and to raise awareness in our local contexts. – We pledge to prefer the use of train/bus/local boat travel and only use a plane when necessary when travelling to EMC meetings. If it’s really necessary to take…

Therefore go and make disciples…!

The mission of United Methodist Church is to make disciples for the transformation of the world, just following the great commission of Jesus: «make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you» (Mathew 28:19-20). Jesus Christ spent three years teaching his disciples. His first disciples were making other disciples. All christians nowaday are the disciples making disciples.…

HOW PLEASANT!… FOR BRETHREN TO DWELL TOGETHER

The Methodist brothers spent several extreme days in the mountains and then had a seminar to continue the theme of the annual conferences “Good Stewards”. Unforgettable impressions of the beauty of nature, trials, fellowship and man-to-man talk on the theme of responsibility for himself, his family, his church. September 2 -6, 2019, the hosts of the event were the brothers from the Central Asian district – Dmitry Lysin, Anton Sharopin, Viktor Stukalov prepared the necessary equipment for the campaign –…

UNITY – XX Eurasian Consultation and Festival of the 130th Anniversary of Methodism in Eurasia

August 14 to 18, 2019, people called Methodists gathered in Uzhgorod (Ukraine) to share the joy of “Unity” in the ministry to God with brothers and sisters from other countries during the Eurasian Partnership Consultation (Initiative) and Celebrate the new date in their history – 130 years of Methodism in Eurasia.   “Our “likeness in being the Body of Christ.”  This is a Divine Likeness – that sets aside ALL DIFFERENCES and brings together people who don’t think alike, who don’t talk alike, who don’t look alike, who don’t act alike and UNITES them under the power of…

CRYSTAL’19

The fourth year of mission to Crystal. The official name is the Center of pilgrimage and catechesis of the RUMC in the village Ramon, Voronezh region.  Youth from different parts of Eurasia continue to come to this mission. Their goal is to make Crystal a better place for people with special needs and for everyone who comes here to work or relax.  This time the mission’s tasks were partial reconstruction and painting of wooden houses, landscape work in the territory, installation of a new playground. They tried to accomplish everything. Until sunset, the Moscow team had…

130 YEARS OF METHODISM

Today we celebrate the 130th anniversary of Methodism in Eurasia togetherwith brothers and sisters who came to the Eurasia Consultation to share thejoy of success and support each other in the ministry of the United MethodistChurches in Eurasia. The history of the People called Methodists in Eurasia began in the year1889, when Finnish mission started its work in Saint-Petersburg.In 1909 Episcopal Methodist Church in Eurasia was recognized officially inthe Russian Empire. In 1920 Methodists started their ministry in Harbin, Manchuria…

REVIVAL MOVEMENT. DISTINCTIVE FEATURES OF THE EARLY METHODIST MOVEMENT AND THE BEGINNING OF WESLEYAN REVIVAL.

“Keeping traditions transforming the future”. Methodism has appeared not as a new church, but as a movement aimed at the spiritual renewal. John Wesley’s theology has appeared out of his personal strive for holiness and looked toward reaching and spreading of holiness among the people so, that it will end up in reformation of the Church and the nation. This is how he saw his own mission. What could we learn today from the history of Methodism in order to…

DIFFERENT FORM OF CHURCH IN POLAND

There are not many United Methodist church buildings that are older than 600 years. But in Glaznoty, in the northern part of Poland, there is one. And it is not only a historical building but a place where new expressions of church can be experienced. The church of Glaznoty had been built in the 14th century with fieldstones. Until 1945, this building was used by the Evangelical Church of the Old Prussian Union, which lost its legal existence in Poland…

“IT’S JUST BECAUSE GOD IS IN ME”

Last year the superintendent offered me a chance to participate the Academy for Spiritual Formation – I couldn’t go, because the dates were the same as my daughter’s wedding. And this year I wasn’t expecting, just the random conversation, like the accidental coincidence, that I would be free this time… But God doesn’t have coincidences. Probably, the topic is more relevant and the soil of the heart is ready for sowing. . “Love never ends…” I am still thinking about…

“BECOME AN INSTRUMENT IN GOD’S HANDS!” – THE CALLING OF UMC YOUTH LEADERSHIP SEMINAR

June 11-13, Krasnyj Yar, Samara region, young people gathered for the annual leadership seminar of UMC Eurasia. I had a wonderful opportunity to take part in it. It was truly a blessed time. The topic of the seminar was evangelism. The sermon of Volga District superintendent Natalya Prokhorova ran: «The God’s will for us is to save others and bring Lord to people». Ullas Tankler, a guest from Estonia and Global Ministries Representative, read a sermon and a lecture, where…

SUMMER SESSION 2016 MOSCOW THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY. FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK.

Moscow Theological Seminary of the United Methodist Church finished our two-week summer session. What a blessed and powerful experience. One story out of several meaningful events is my experience from the first week’s Saturday morning devotional. Every morning we start with a short devotion on a psalm, given by a student or faculty. We sing; we pray. The first week of the session, Dr. Sondra Wheeler from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., taught the course “Ethical Dimensions of Ministry.” The…