News (Page 8)

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UNITED METHODIST COUNCIL OF BISHOPS ISSUES PASTORAL LETTER ON RACISM

автор: Diane Degnan The Council of Bishops issued a pastoral letter on racism to the 12.8 million people of The United Methodist Church affirming the sacredness of all lives and renewing their commitment to work for an anti-racist, pro-humanity church. The action came at the end of the Council’s weeklong meeting in Berlin after prayerful reflection and discussion about the topic. Earlier in the week, President of the Council Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. had also issued a letter calling…

INTERCONNECTED MINISTRY OF PAVLODAR UMC AND CHURCHES OF CENTRAL ASIA DISTRICT

author: Pastor, Kanat Khojamuratov Studying the Apostle Paul’s epistles, I saw, how he took care of communities; he visited them or sent other servants there. After that we got an idea to start the ministry which is called “Carry the burdens of others”. In 2014 the youth group from UMC “Ushtobe” visited Pavlodar UMC, we were testifying about our faith through sincere service. In 2015 the team of 9 adults (servants) went to Pavlodar, there were 4 people – presbyters,…

ORATORY COURSE: TESTIMONY OF THE PASTOR FROM SREDNEURALSK UMC

D. Sherbakov The first question I asked myself when I was deciding on attending the oratory course was should I, the pastor of UMC of Sredneuralsk, attend the course in Yekaterinburg? Is this something I really need? Dmirty Sherbakov, Sredneuralsk UMC pastor Does one have to develop the skills of public speaking – the one who makes a public speech once a week (or more often sometimes)? And my answer was ‘sure’. Next question: do I have to commit my…

“GIVE THE HELPING HAND” – MINISTRY AT SAMARA UMC

Olga Ganina “Give the helping hand” is the name of a program that started in Samara United Methodist Church three years ago. «Give the helping hand» is a soup kitchen ministry. The council of leaders organized the ministry responding to several issues. For example, our church is situated in a district with adverse influences, where there are dysfunctional families, disabled and sick people, people with substance dependencies, newly released from prisons, families where children are not cared for. Another reason…

“LIGHT IT UP!” – SLOGAN OF THE EURASIAN UMC YOUTH FORUM-2015

Vladimir Ditmar That was the motto of the new Youth Forum-2015 “You are the light of the world!” that took place near Saint Petersburg: the event lit up the new stars and constellations of young, gifted ministers of United Methodist churches in Eurasia. The very first night the participants received an impulse of cheerfulness and energy through the encouraging worship service and Holy Communion, as well as the night café with the special treat – a dance flash mob, prepared…

METHODIST CHURCH IN PORTUGAL: “LOVE IS NOT A MATTER OF SIZE – SIZE IS A MATTER OF LOVE”

Sifredo Teixeira Since 1871 the Methodist Church in Portugal is a small minority Church in a country with a population of about 10.5 millions. There are 14 Methodist congregations with an overall constituency of about 2000 people. But although small in numbers, the Methodists in Portugal continue to aim at «Sharing Jesus in words and actions», being aware that there is a growing number of people in need of help on their way to God. Thinking of the church he…

MEETING OF THE WORKING GROUP OF CHURCHES’S AND RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS’S LEADERS FROM UKRAINE AND RUSSIA

January 20-22, 2015 the working group of heads and representatives of churches and religious organizations of Ukraine and Russia met in Wuppertal (Germany) to consider the implementation of Oslo Roundtable Resolution steps (September 11, 2014). The United Methodist Church in Germany has helped with hosting this meeting. During the work of the group suggestions were made on priority directions for further development of the dialogue between the religious communities of the two countries. Ways to expand the humanitarian assistance by religious…

OUTDOOR FEST IN ASPIRATION UMC (SAINT PETERSBURG): KIDS SPOTLIGHT

Irina Margulis In 2009 our community started holding worship services in the newly purchased and repaired building of the North West Russia AC Centre. While designing the inner space of the Centre, a room for children’s ministry was reserved. It’s a universal saying in our context, that says, ‘Children are our future’. If we ponder over these words, it turns out to be that children by themselves are of no value: we await that they will make our dreams come…

THE PHILIPPINES-2014: EURASIA YOUTH COUNCIL AT GLOBAL CONVOCATION.

Natalia Smirnova «We were blown away» Members of the Youth Council of Eurasia in the Philippines – typhoon, Russian folk songs and hot discussions during the rainfall season. This year the members of the Youth Council of Eurasia participated in an international event for the first time. Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly took place in the end of July in the Philippines. One can say, it is a model of General Conference for young leaders of the United…

CHRISTIAN REST FOR GROWN-UP GENERATION IN UMC “SALVATION” TYUMEN

Ekaterina Zubkova How does the idea begin? Insensibly for us, all the kids, whom we invited for Christmas and Easter to our small church, have grown up and become teenagers, and it became uninteresting for them to play the games and to get the presents. Also it became uninteresting for those, whose parents and grandparents brought them to the church, without their peers. And one by one teenagers and youth started to retreat from the church and then from life…

SEMINAR FOR PASTORS IN SAMARA UMC

Natalia Prokhorova Samara United Methodist Church hosted a three-day seminar (21-23 August, 2014) on the issue concerning church ministries organization in the framework of the educational program for UMC pastors in Eurasia. The topic of the seminar was “Pastoral Ministry” and it was held mainly by pastor Tim Walker who has been in pastoral service for over 40 years. The Volga District and Moscow pastors were the main participants at the seminar. We welcomed the Vnukovo Deacon CMC Lydia Rodionova…

IN NORWAY RELIGIOUS LEADERS OF UKRAINE AND RUSSIA BEGAN A DIALOG ON ACHIEVEMENT OF PEACE BETWEEN THE NATIONS

Sergey Pugachev Representatives of churches and religious organizations of Ukraine and Russia met for a dialogue on the current situation in the relationships between the two nations, search of the ways for achievement of peace and ceasing hatred. As the Institute for Religious Freedom informs the Round Table was opened September 10, 2014 in a conference-hall in the downtown of the Norway capital. “We have invited you not to a political event, but to a meeting of religious workers” – the Head…