Ecumenism

Local Church
The Rev. Eugene Peterson lectures at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle. The scholar and pastor’s influence extends far beyond his home denomination. 2009 file photo by Clappstar, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Eugene Peterson, Bible popularizer, dies

United Methodists remember the scholar and pastor whose paraphrase The Message, helped millions look at the Bible anew.
General Church
United Methodist Bishop Bruce Ough preaches from the pulpit at historic Wesley’s Chapel in London during the opening worship service of a 50th anniversary celebration of the concordat agreement between the United Methodist and British Methodist churches. Photo by Alex Baker.

Reflecting on a shared Methodist heritage

United Methodists and British Methodists worshipped together in London to mark the 50th anniversary of a commitment to work together.
Social Concerns
A praise team helps lead worship at St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe, during an interdenominational prayer for peace in the country following election-related violence. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

United Methodists join peace prayer in Zimbabwe

Ecumenical gathering calls for forgiveness, unity after post-election violence.
General Church
Representatives of The United Methodist Church and Methodist Church in Britain will gather Aug. 11-12, at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, in London to mark the 50th anniversary of a concordat agreement between the two denominations. The historic hall, which opened in 1912, sits across from Westminster Abbey. 2017 file photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

2 denominations explore Methodist connection

United Methodists and their British counterparts will look back 50 years and begin discussions about future work together during an August celebration in London.

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