World Council of Churches

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Tawanda Chandiwana, center, has been detained in the Philippines since May 9. United Methodist officials are making a public appeal to the Philippines government to release Chandiwana, who has denied any wrongdoing. Officials have asked that he and two other missionaries be allowed to leave the country. Photo courtesy of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.

Church seeks release of detained missionary

United Methodist mission agency, bishops want Philippines government to allow three missionaries to leave the country.
United Methodist Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, vice-moderator of the World Council of Churches Central Committee,  greets Pope Francis in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by Albin Hillert, WCC.

Pope Francis models Christian unity at WCC

Pope’s visit highlights ecumenical cooperation, caps off meeting that also included a focus on peace on Korean peninsula.

WCC assembly carries forward peace, unity message

For United Methodists participating in the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly, the election of Bishop Mary Ann Swenson as the first female bishop in a top leadership position was a highlight of the gathering.

Korean pastor reflects on first assembly experience

During the second week of the Oct. 30-Nov. 8 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, United Methodist News Service asked the Rev. Thomas Kim, a Korean-American United Methodist pastor from the Northern Illinois Annual (regional) Conference, to reflect on his experience there. Here are his responses.

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