The United Methodist Church in Central and Southern Europe consists of approximately 33.500 members and friends living in 16 countries (you can find a map here), celebrating worship services in more than 20 languages and share God’s love in even more languages and expressions.
On this website you will learn more about this unique part of the worldwide family of The United Methodist Church.
Bishop Dr. Patrick Streiff
What do we boast about?
Anyone applying for a job has to prove their qualities. What are my strengths? What competences have I acquired? Why am I convinced that I am the right person for this job?
Whoever invites someone else to the UMC must be convinced of the qualities of the congregation. What are the strengths of our congregation? What good things will the person to be invited find? Why am I convinced that we as the UMC have something to offer?
Whether individually or as a church: self-assessment and external assessment do not always coincide. Sometimes the self-assessment is much more critical than the view from the outside. Sometimes the self-assessment is exaggerated and others see it more critically. In the short term, people who are convinced of themselves can score points, but in the longer term, too much hot air leads to disappointment.
What do we boast about? Or a little less provocatively: what do we want to excel at, personally and as Church? The apostle Paul calls for us to put off the old life and live as new creatures. In Colossians he uses the image of clothing: "Therefore put on the new garment. It consists of heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." (Colossians 3:12) and: "Above all, clothe yourselves with love. It is the bond that binds you together in perfect unity." (3,14).
Such clothing is attractive. It is something to boast about!
Bishop Patrick Streiff
Of course, one can always look at what is NOT possible. But no one is forced to do so....
What began in the 14th century with a wooden fortress and a farm has developed into an important refuge on the eastern edge of Czechia’s capital Prague: the Center for Christian Aid in Horni Pocernice.
You have to allow the unexpected to happen in order to fully understand the miracle of life, Paulo Coelho once said. Zoltán Kurdi, pastor of the UMC in Hungary, has probably been blessed by the unexpected too many times to contradict the Brazilian writer.
During his ministry as pastor and Bishop, Heinrich Bolleter has left many traces of blessing. This is also underlined by the testimonies of some women and men who shared a piece of the path with him.
On Thursday, May 13, 2021, retired Bishop Heinrich Bolleter will celebrate his 80th birthday. He concluded many an exchange of views at conferences in his home country and abroad with the words "We are on a good path!" – and perhaps precisely in this way made it clear time and again that faith and trust are not a possession, but a process.