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 April 2024

Easter Power of Peace
They had locked themselves in, the followers of Jesus, on that stirring Easter evening. The resurrected Jesus encountered a community of deeply insecure, even frightened men and women when he entered their midst, according to the evangelist John (John 20:19ff).
I understand that what had happened to Jesus on Good Friday had frightened the disciples and pulled the rug out from under their feet. It is understandable that they sought the protection and security of the familiar four walls and a locked door. Would we have reacted differently?
My thoughts go to the community of today's followers of Jesus. To us. At least in Europe, we can live our faith freely. And yet the Church is under pressure in many places. We realize that times have changed. It is becoming increasingly difficult to fulfill the mission that Jesus gave his Church with the familiar and proven forms of church. Creating offers for people and inviting them to attend often no longer works. Those invited do not come, the chairs remain unoccupied. This is unsettling, triggers existential fears - and harbors the danger of withdrawing in response and sticking to the familiar.
"Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, so now I send you!" With these words, the resurrected Christ entered the room where his disciples had been hiding. This encounter was not without consequences. Filled with his peace and guided by the Holy Spirit, they learned to put aside their fear and go out to the nations as witnesses of Christ. Easter!
We also need God's peace, the peace that gives us the certainty that Christ is close to us, every day and in every place, come what may. And we also need God's spirit, which allows us to experience the encouraging and moving presence of Jesus. So that we open the doors, go out and leave the familiar terrain. So that we set out and take unknown paths with the people around us, trusting in the life-awakening and transforming power of God's peace.
I wish everyone the experience of this Easter power of peace that leads us to people!
Bishop Stefan Zürcher
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A historic conference in Hungary

The 92nd session of the Hungarian Annual Conference took place in Budapest from April 11 to 14, 2024. It was the last in this series, as the integration of The United Methodist Church (UMC) in Romania means it will have a new name in future.


Three countries - one mission mandate

This year's gathering of the Annual Conference Serbia-North Macedonia-Albania took place in Monospitovo (North Macedonia) from April 4 to 7, 2024.


"What do we want to achieve together?"

Methodist leaders from the countries of the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe met in Vienna from March 13 to 18. Reports and consultations, times of joint celebration and a theme day on working with children and young people were on the agenda. But something else also happened.


"I am still not free from prejudice"

From March 21 to 24, another Roma consultation of The United Methodist Church took place in Budapest. Twelve people from six countries exchanged views on practical and organizational issues relating to their work.


A woman through whom the love of God became tangible

Gerda Reiser, who as secretary to Bishop Franz Schäfer had left many blessings in the UMC in Central and Southern Europe, passed away on March 26, 2024.