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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. Stefan Zürcher

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.

Dash of Thought June 2024

Give confidence
"Confidence-building measures" - there are plenty of publications on this topic in the literature. But can I really build trust? Can I earn the trust of others? We could discuss this at length. However, I look at the subject of "trust" from a different angle. We don't build trust and we don't earn it, but we give and receive trust. At least that is my deep conviction. Whether I trust someone is first and foremost up to me. I have to want it. Giving trust is a decision of the will. It is not the other person and their trustworthiness that is the criterion, but rather my decision to place my trust in someone - or to deliberately not do so.
Peter was not trustworthy, and yet Jesus entrusted him with the pastoral ministry. Paul was just as untrustworthy, and yet Jesus called him to be an apostle. The list could be extended indefinitely (and I would also appear somewhere on this list). It was Jesus' trust that made them trustworthy. Trust is like love; it is unconditional and precedes everything.
I am deeply grateful for all the trust that has been and is given to me in my life. I am grateful for all the trust we place in each other in our Church, in individuals and entire committees. It wouldn't work without it!
Yes, trust can be and is abused. We sometimes make it really difficult to trust each other with our words and behavior. Who could not tell of painful experiences! Experiences with ourselves and with others. Experiences from outside the Church and from within. There is still a lot to do, to work on, to change, to forgive. We are challenged. But I am hopeful because Jesus Christ never, at any moment, withdraws his trust in us - his trust that makes us trustworthy and transforms our speech and behavior. So why shouldn't we also give each other our trust generously and unconditionally, or at least try and practice it again and again?
 
Bishop Stefan Zürcher
 
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