Swedish Methodists join new denomination

During its ecumenical night on Tuesday, the 2012 General Conference released the Methodist church in Sweden to free that church to help start a new denomination there.

Last June three Swedish denominations – the Swedish Methodist Church, the Swedish Mission Church, and the Swedish Baptist Union – voted to unite together under the name Common Future. The new denomination has 70,000 members and 850 congregations.

A Methodist pastor is the sole nominee to lead the new denomination. The Rev. Lars Svensson was introduced to General Conference delegates and said he was “representing a new church in the world. Three founding denominations in Sweden have decided that this is best done by joining forces. I want to extend a sincere and heartfelt thanks to The United Methodist Church,” said Svensson. “We are facing the future for the sake of God and mankind. Pray for us as we continue to pray for you. … The best of all is that God is with us.”

Bishop Christian Alsted of the Nordic and Baltic Central Conferences praised Methodists in Sweden as a leader in ecumenism, “a bridge-builder in ecumenical relationships.”

The Nordic Central Conference voted its support of the process, as did all 11 annual conferences in the Nordic Central Conference, Alsted said.

Bishop Sharon Rader introduced additional guests from other the World Methodist Council, the World and National Council of Churches, church leaders and those of other faiths. The Rev. John McCullough was honored as the 2012 recipient of ecumenical award from Council of Bishops (see related story).


Like what you're reading? Support the ministry of UM News! Your support ensures the latest denominational news, dynamic stories and informative articles will continue to connect our global community. Make a tax-deductible donation at ResourceUMC.org/GiveUMCom.

Sign up for our newsletter!

UMNEWS-SUBSCRIPTION
Social Concerns
Pastor Stephen Mannion. Photo courtesy of the author.

5 theses for The United Methodist Church

Deeply rooted problems plaguing the denomination will not be solved by legislation but by repentance and a return to radical obedience to Scripture, says one United Methodist pastor.
Judicial Council
The Book of Discipline contains the rules that guide The United Methodist Church. The Judicial Council — the denomination’s top court — faces multiple questions related to a new Disciplinary provision that allows congregations to disaffiliate with property under certain conditions. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Judicial Council to review church-exit rules

The United Methodist Church’s top court faces multiple questions related to the deadline for General Conference legislation and a new law allowing congregations to exit with property.
General Conference
At a Nov. 18 online meeting, the Commission on the General Conference and staff pressed forward with planning for the postponed legislative assembly. After the coronavirus has twice altered their plans, commission members expect to make a final decision in the first quarter of next year on whether General Conference can take place as scheduled Aug. 29-Sept. 6 in Minneapolis. UM News screenshot via Zoom.

Setting criteria for a 2022 General Conference

Organizers named the values that will guide their decision on whether the denomination’s legislative assembly goes forward as scheduled.