The United Methodist Church in Central and Southern Europe consists of approximately 30.000 members and friends living in 13 countries (you can find a map here), celebrating worship services in about 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.
Our son and his two-year-old Aaron recently visited Papillorama (a zoo that focuses especially on keeping butterflies and moths). One of the halls is the Nocturama with nocturnal animals. As a daytime review, we received a short video in which Aaron squeezes his eyes shut, clenches his hands and says over and over again: "all night; all night." This darkness must have made a big impression on him - even more than the colorful butterflies in Papillorama.
I am curious to see whether and how much lights will really go out in our cities and shopping streets during Advent. Or will - despite electricity-saving measures - the Advent and Christmas lights remain the same bright, sometimes even flashy, so as not to jeopardize the important sales before the festive season?
At the moment, however, the people in many areas of Ukraine are experiencing involuntary extinguishing of lights, because important parts of the infrastructure in the country are being deliberately destroyed by the Russian army. And in addition to the lights going out, it triggers a general power cut and thus often an avalanche of other failures in heating, communication, etc.
Even though energy has become more expensive in our Western Europe - and hopefully we have become a little more economical in our use of it - we are still doing very well. I wonder whether it also makes us more willing to take the need of others to heart and share a little more of our wealth.
From the bottom of my heart, I would therefore like to thank all those who, in various ways, not only give presents to relatives and friends at Christmas, but also share with people in need, whether with those in their immediate neighborhood or through networks such as Connexio hope and Connexio develop in other countries. Thank you very much!
Bishop Patrick Streiff
On November 20, Stefan Zürcher was consecrated bishop of The United Methodist Church (UMC) In this interview, he talks about the particular challenges of the current situation in his future Episcopal Area of Central and Southern Europe, a characteristic of his that could be especially helpful, and the future of his Church.
In a worship service on November 20, 2022, in Basel Cathedral, Rev. Stefan Zürcher (55) was consecrated as the new bishop for the UMC in Central and Southern Europe. He will succeed Bishop Patrick Streiff.
On Thursday, November 17, 2022, and Friday, November 18, 2022, delegates to the Central Conference of the UMC in Central and Southern Europe, meeting in Basel from November 16-20, 2022, considered a proposal developed by a Round Table. After lengthy, animated and at times emotional discussions and various additional loops, its proposals were accepted by a large majority.
On November 18, delegates to the Central Conference in Basel elected Stefan Zürcher from Switzerland as bishop of the Evangelical Methodist Church in the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe. He received exactly the number of 41 votes needed for election in the 4th ballot.
The 68 voting delegates to the extraordinary session of the Central and Southern Europe Central Conference held a fourth ballot for the election of a successor to Bishop Patrick Streiff on Friday evening, November 18, 2022.