CHRISTIAN UNITY AND INTERRELIGIOUS RELATIONSHIPS

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Eduard Khegay

“I’m deeply blessed working in this group which has representatives from Africa, Asia, Europe, Eurasia, USA. Our world today as never before needs a new understanding of Christian unity and interreligious relationships. The Book of Disciple of the United Methodist Church calls us for unity. The very beginning of the Book of Discipline (Part I Constitution) says: “The church of Jesus Christ exists in and for the world, and its very dividedness is a hindrance to its mission in that world. The prayers and intentions of The United Methodist Church … have been and are for obedience to the will of our Lord that his people be one”.

I pray that our work would help the UMC Council of Bishops bring fruits in ecumenical and interreligious relationships ministry.

Jean Hawxhurst

The quadrennial organizational meeting of the Council of Bishops’ OCUIR (Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships) took place February 7 and 8 at the Global Ministries offices in Atlanta, Georgia. This was a time for the new advisory group to begin to get to know each other and to begin thinking together about some of the ecumenical and interreligious issues facing both The United Methodist Church and the universal church of today.

OCUIR serves as an advice-giving group to the Council of Bishops’ Leadership Team on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relationships. It is made up of representation from all US jurisdictions and three central conferences.

Jean Hawxhurst
Ecumenical Staff Officer and Leadership Development