The United Methodist Church in Central and Southern Europe consists of approximately 33.500 members and friends living in 14 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
The United Methodist Church in countries directly or indirectly neighboring to Ukraine is very active in the ministries with and for Ukrainian refugees. Here you can find regular update reports (in English language) on these activities and on the situation in the various countries.
A letter of confession
When a letter of confession has been found, it has usually been preceded by some act of assassination. The media have speculated who could be behind the act of violence. The letter of confession reveals the secret. Confession letters therefore give rise to suspicions of bad things.
It is a pity when a confession is linked to a harmful cause. Because a confession related to something good becomes a happy thing for the person and gives to others clarity about what is important to the person. That’s how it is also with confessing faith in Christ.
At the Annual Conference meeting in Schaffhausen (Switzerland) we looked at this positive confession. We want to encourage people to confess their faith before the congregation or to affirm and renew their confession. It should remain fresh and alive. We want to encourage people to take this personal step.
That is why we also distinguish between the fundamental confession of faith in Christ, which should be renewed throughout one's life, and membership in the United Methodist Church, which can remain limited in time depending on life circumstances.
When was the last time you held a confession ceremony in your congregation? Has it been even more than a whole year since then? Let’s encourage people to renew their confession or say it for the very first time. I would be happy if these kinds of "letters of confession" were celebrated much more often in worship.
Bishop Patrick Streiff
The diaconal institution "Bethanien" in Zurich (Switzerland) celebrated its 111th anniversary in the summer of 2022. In a recently published brochure about the "Betania" in Novi Sad (Serbia), Christina Cekov from North Macedonia reminds us that its blessings reach far beyond Switzerland.
Strumica, a town in southeastern Macedonia, is far from any sea. Nevertheless, the Miss Stone Center, a social diaconal institution with close ties to The United Methodist Church, is facing big waves.
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the leaders of the UMC in Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania have been involved in a variety of ways for refugees from Ukraine - regardless of whether these people are on their way to Western Europe, whether they want to stay in this neighboring country temporarily or long-term, or whether they are trying to return to their homeland.
Facing the consequences of the war in Ukraine, Methodists in the war-torn country itself and in neighboring countries are challenged to do both – to respond to the immediate needs and to develop visions for a more long-term assistance.