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/May 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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Video Greetings from Bishop Stefan Zürcher at the end of General Conference

On Friday, May 3, 2024, the General Conference gathering of The United Methodist Church was closed. In a short video message, Bishop Stefan Zürcher looks back to ten intensive days and underlines what is important to him now.


Letter from Bishop Stefan Zürcher on the end of General Conference

Today, Friday, May 3, 2024, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church came to a close in Charlotte, NC.


"We are and will remain part of The United Methodist Church!"

Methodist pastor Yulia Starodubets from Ukraine is among the delegates to General Conference. She has experienced how good and important it is to be part of the worldwide United Methodist Church.


Clear "yes" to the "regionalization" of The United Methodist Church

Methodist church regions within and outside the USA will receive the same rights. A corresponding fundamental amendment to the "Book of Discipline" was clearly adopted at the General Conference meeting in Charlotte (USA).

The UMC in Eurasia leaves the worldwide United Methodist Church

The plan of the UMC in Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan to leave the worldwide United Methodist Church and form an autonomous Church was approved by a very large majority of the delegates to General Conference taking place in Charlotte, NC.