Opportunity to Experience the World Methodist Council

February 10, 2020

Would you like to be the Iowa Conference representative to the World Methodist Council?  Bishop Laurie Haller is extending an invitation to become one of Iowa’s two Council members.
The World Methodist Council finds its origins in a conference held in London, England at Wesley’s Chapel in 1881 where some 400 delegates from 30 Methodist bodies around the world gathered in an Ecumenical Methodist Conference. The WMC website reports, “In 1931 a decision was made to organize a Council – a new agency to express the common ideals and objectives of worldwide Methodism.”
Currently, the World Methodist Council is made up of 80 Methodist, Wesleyan and related Uniting and United Churches representing over 80 million members in 138 countries.  The World Methodist Council is composed of 500 members and meets twice every five years.
It engages, empowers and serves the member Churches by encouraging Methodist unity in witness, facilitates mission in the world, and fosters ecumenical and inter-religious activities, through vibrant evangelism, a prophetic voice, cooperative programs, faithful worship and mutual learning.
The 22nd World Methodist Conference will convene 18-21 August, at Gothia Towers in Gothenburg, Sweden, welcomed by the Equmeniakyrkan (Uniting Church in Sweden).  The theme of the 2020 gathering is “On the Move.”
What’s required if desire to represent the Iowa Conference on the World Methodist Council?  A global understanding of the Methodist­Wesleyan movement and a willingness and eagerness to contribute and advance the purpose and vision of the WMC.  Also note that participants are responsible for their own transportation and related expenses.
If you’re interesting in becoming one of the Iowa Conference representatives to the World Methodist Council please contact Bishop Laurie Haller (bishop@iaumc.org) by April 15, 2020.