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The United Methodist Church in Central and Southern Europe consists of approximately 33.500 members and friends living in 16 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

A dash of thought - April 2021

Concentric circles

A calm water surface lies before us. Someone takes a stone and throws it in. Concentric circles form. Very close to the stone throw they are strong waves. Further away they become weaker, but they radiate out in circles far out on the water until they are barely visible to our eyes.
 
The image often comes to mind when I think about what is at the center of the Christian faith and how effects become visible in the circles that emanate from the center. In these days we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (cf. 1 Cor. 15:3-4). This is the center of the Christian faith. We are closest to this center in the celebration of baptism and the Lord's Supper. The unique baptism as the beginning of the journey with Christ and incorporation into his body, into the "one, holy, universal and apostolic church". The regular celebration of the Lord's Supper as assurance and strengthening on the journey with Christ.
 
Celebrating these two sacraments together connects us to the center of faith and to each other. These are the strongest waves at the center. Further away, in everyday life, they become weaker. And yet they all come from this center. I wish we would talk more often about what good waves the center of our faith sets in motion in everyday life. In all our diversity, it would also have a unifying power. Let us try...
 
On Good Friday and Easter 2021 - Bishop Patrick Streiff

Is there a common path for the time after the pandemic?

The UMC in Central and Southern Europe is affected by the impact of the current pandemic - and likewise, upcoming decisions on issues of human sexuality are putting the diverse relationships to the test.


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Further postponement of General Conference and its implications

Following a further postponement of General Conference 2020 to August 29-September 6, 2022, Bishop Patrick Streiff wrote a letter to the members and friends of the UMC in Central and Southern Europe, by which he shared his thoughts about the impact on his own episcopal ministry.



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Message of European Bishops

There is movement in the international debate about a threatening split of the UMC. Three European bishops plead for a respectful coexistence.



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Warmth and hope in Bulgaria

On the edge of Antarctica, Lyaskovets Peak (1473m) can be found - a mountain named after the small Bulgarian town of Lyaskovets. It is true that the average annual temperature in central Bulgaria is not -50° Celsius as it is in the Antarctic interior. But there is a coldness here and there that cannot be measured with a thermometer. A small Methodist church feels called to make a difference by sharing warmth and hope in Lyaskovets.
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Reliability in the midst of uncertainty

The year 2020 proved to be a considerable challenge for the leaders of the Miss Stone Center in Strumica (North Macedonia). Despite high caseloads, however, the UMC's diaconal facility was able to care for more than 200 people without interruption – and continues to do so.
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