Almost 4,000 Methodist leaders from
around the world are gathering on the south coast of England this
week for a major celebration of faith and fellowship.
Delegates are gathering for the World Methodist Council and
Conference meetings, which are taking place in Brighton between
24-31 July. The World Methodist Conference, the umbrella body of
the Methodist Church around the world, meets every five years.
The World Methodist Conference (WMC) last met in 1996 in
Rio-de-Janeiro. It is more than three decades since the WMC was
hosted by Britain - the 1966 gathering was at Westminster Central
Hall in London.
Around 4,000 delegates are due to gather at the Brighton Centre
to discuss a range of issues, including:
- Relationships with other Christian churches
- Christian education
- The role of evangelism in a multi-faith world
- Third world debt
- Bridging the gap between science and religion, including:
- 'In the beginning' - the 'Big Bang' or the Genesis 'Six Days'
- 'In His image' - human identity, made by God or products of
- Applying Wesleyan heritage in the Third Christian
Amongst the many high-profile international speakers from within
and outside the Methodist, are:
- Cardinal Edward Cassidy Former President of the Catholic
Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
- Bishop Sundo Kim Pastor of the 85,000-member Seoul
Methodist Church, Korea
- Sir John Houghton Co-chairman of the UN Assessment of
Global Warming and Climate Change
- Dr David Wilkinson Astrophysicist, author of 'God, Time
and Stephen Hawking'
- Dr Rukudzo Murapa Vice chancellor of the Africa
- Bishop Walter Klaiber Bishop of the United Methodist
- Bishop Bernardino Mandlate Former chairperson Christian
Council of Mozambique
The World Methodist Council meets from Tuesday 24 July to
Wednesday 25 July
The 18th World Methodist Conference meets from Thursday 26 July to
Tuesday 31 July
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