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Methodist Vice-President of the Ecumenical Church Council in Czech Republic

Over the course of many decades, United Methodists have served as bridge-builders between Churches of different traditions. It is therefore no surprise that they also assumed leadership positions in ecumenical organizations quite often. The latest example is the Ecumenical Church Council in the Czech Republic, where Petr Procházka, Superintendent of The United Methodist Church in the Czech Republic, was elected as first vice-president.

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More than just a redesign

The website of The United Methodist Church in the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe was not only redesigned – there is also a new address to access it.

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A Unique School Project in Macedonia

August 2, 2017, was dedicated to the commemoration of the Roma Holocaust.
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A Joyful Weekend

The weekend of July 1-2, 2017, was, in two respects, reason to joy for The United Methodist Church in Albania:
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Historical Decisions in Poland

At this year’s gathering of Poland Annual Conference, some important historical decisions were taken: 
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Church Ministry to the People

The Annual Conference of the UMC in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia met from May 26 to 28, 2017.
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Understand what the Lord’s will is

The 2017 meeting of Hungary Provisional Annual Conference took place from April 20 to 23, 2017, in Dombóvár (Southwest Hungary).
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A new heart and a new spirit

The Annual Conference Serbia-Macedonia of The United Methodist Church met from April 6 to 9, 2017, in Murtino/Macedonia.
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Worship as a Means of Grace

The 65th meeting of Bulgaria-Romania Provisional Annual Conference took place from March 30 to April 2, 2017, in Pleven (Bulgaria).
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An Invitation to Share and to Learn

Do you know the difference of a cat and an elephant – not in regard to size, weight, food, appearance, or the probability to meet an animal of this species in European cities or woods but otherwise?
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Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe

The 18th gathering of the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe of The United Methodist Church took place from March 8-12, 2017, in Zurich (Switzerland).
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Sharing Faith in Central and Southern Europe

There are many books aiming to help people preparing for Easter. A new meditation booklet of United Methodists in Central and Southern Europe belongs to them...
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Rebirth of a local Church

The United Methodist Church in Estonia consists of 25 local churches with about 1'400 professing members
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GROWING TOGETHER Festival in Eurasia

Each year, the Fund for Mission in Europe supports a number of very diverse projects all over Europe - for instance the Family Festival in Eurasia.
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Staunen! – A new European Methodist Festival

In 2003 and 2007, two European Methodist Festivals took place in Potsdam (DE) and Bratislava (SK). In 2018 a new festival will be organized – and it already takes shape.
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Changes in the Office of the Bishop

Thomas Rodemeyer, person responsible for Finances and Administration in the Bishop's Office in Zurich, will soon hand over his responsibility to André Töngi.
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Bishop Dr. Franz W. Schäfer has deceased

On July 14, 2016, Bishop Dr. Franz W. Schäfer has deceased in his 96th year. He was responsible for the UMC in Central and Southern Europe from 1966 to 1989.
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New hope for Roma in Sweden

Most of the United Methodist congregations in Sweden have become part of the new Equmeniakyrkan. But the small church in Östersund is still part of the UMC.
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A new generation takes the lead

Hungary Provisional Annual Conference met from April 14-17, 2016, at Budapest-Obuda UMC. Rev. László A. Khaled succeeded Rev. István Csernák as Superintendent of the UMC in Hungary.
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First Albanian Local Pastor

The Annual Conference Serbia-Macedonia met from April 7 to 10, 2016, in Padina (Serbia).
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Multifaceted Unity

«Unity in Diversity» ran like a common thread through this year’s meeting of the Annual Conference Bulgaria-Romania, which took place from March 31 to April 3 in Varna.
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Terror Attacks in Brussels

A Statement of Bishop Patrick Streiff on the terror attacks in Brussels.
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Keeping the hearts warm for one’s neighbor

About 50 people from 12 countries participated in the meeting of the Executive Committee of the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe...
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On the occasion of Bishop Dr. Franz W. Schäfer’s 95th birthday

Bishop Franz Schäfer will celebrate his 95th birthday on March 10, 2016.
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Night of Churches – Light in the Darkness

The annual «Night of Churches» is a special event on the agenda of Czech Tourism...
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Joy and Hope for the UMC in Albania

The United Methodist Church is not only a growing but also a young church in Albania.
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Representative of the UMC in the Czech Republic assumes ecumenical leadership position

Petr Procházka, Superintendent of the United Methodist Church in the Czech Republic, was elected Vice-President of the Ecumenical Council of Churches of his country.
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And suddenly the door is closed

Many refugees on their way to Western Europe have to realize after a long and troublesome journey that the situation has suddenly changed and that doors, which seemed to be open, are now closed.
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A Word to our United Methodist Churches

During a meeting on partnerships between United Methodist local churches in the United States and Central and Southern Europe, I heard the news of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
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National Harvest Thanksgiving Day and the Migrants

On Saturday, October 10, 2015, the National Harvest Thanksgiving Day took place at Budapest-Obuda UMC (Hungary).
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Helping today – and already thinking about tomorrow

Along the travel route of the refugees from various countries, members and friends of the UMC, together with many other people, are sharing hope and love of neighbor.
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Flexibility and love of neighbor

The current refugee crisis is marked by the reality that what was yesterday may be completely different tomorrow.
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Emergency aid on the long journey to Western Europe

They can be seen everywhere – the photos of people who have left their home in order to find, after a burdensome journey, refuge and help in Western Europe.
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Days of Renewal in Poland

The end of August is a special time for The United Methodist Church in Poland.
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70 years of witness and service in Masuria

When Polish Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) met from June 26 to 28, 2015, it was not by chance that Ostroda was chosen as conference site.
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"Worthy Recipients» of the World Methodist Peace Award

On Friday, June 19, 2015, retired missionaries Hugh and Shirliann Johnson were honored with the World Methodist Peace Award of the World Methodist Council.
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Three Bishops of Central and Southern Europe

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, members of Switzerland-France-North Africa Annual Conferences and visitors experienced a touching moment.
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Our Hope in Christ

Czech Republic-Slovakia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church met from June 5 to 7, 2015, in Bratislava (Slovakia).
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«And he taught them» – Annual Conference in Austria

The 86th Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in Austria took place from May 28 to 31, 2015, in Vienna.
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Pastoral Letter on Racism

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church published a Pastoral Letter on Racism.
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Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Slovakia and Serbia do not border on each other. But in both countries there are Slovak-speaking United Methodist ministries.
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Establishing new churches in Hungary

«Church planting» was the main theme of this year’s meeting of Hungary Provisional Annual Conference, which took place from April 23 to 26, 2015, in Budakeszi.
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Between cabbage and cucumbers – Annual Conference in Monospitovo (Macedonia)

For the first time after 26 years, the meeting of the Provisional Annual Conference Serbia-Macedonia took place in Monospitovo, a farm town in the Strumica Valley.
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International Roma Day

April 8 is the International Roma Day. What does this date mean, and what are the aims of this special day?
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The Church in the Contemporary World – Annual Conference Bulgaria-Romania

This year’s gathering of Bulgaria-Romania Provisional Annual Conference took place from April 2-5, 2015, in Shumen (Bulgaria).
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There is Room at the Table – Sharing the Gifts Together

From March 12-15, 2015, the annual meeting of the Executive Committee of Central and Southern Europe Central Conference of the UMC took place in Poland.
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No Name

These days a new project list of the Fund for Mission in Europe has been published - an opportunity to get to know various ministries throughout Europe.
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Relevant Relationships

In November 2014, the United Methodist congregation «Light from Light» was established in Sibiu (Romania).
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Training young leaders for the future

Growing out of a very dynamic youth ministry among Russian-speaking youth in Estonia, a new and groundbreaking program has been developed.
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Advent Meeting in Poland

Advent is a special time in the life of the United Methodist Church in Poland.
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Light of Light - UMC Sibiu (Romania)

On November 23, 2014, the second urban United Methodist Church in Romania was established in the beautiful city of Sibiu.
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Sharing an Advent Journey

Last year a number of men and women of the UMC in East Central Europe and in the Balkans had prepared a brochure with Advent meditations.
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The UMC in Romania grows

When the United Methodist Church was officially established in Romania in 2011, it consisted of two communities in Cluj and Micesti. However, the vision was to found other local churches. In Sibiu, this step can be done soon.
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Bishops release human sexuality statement

The Council of Bishops issued a statement concerning human sexuality, addressing their diverse perspectives and calling the people of The United Methodist Church to be in prayer, both for their leaders and for one another.
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Encounters of local churches strengthen the connection

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe, 60 local churches participated in encounters
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Dedication of Roma Church in Alsozsolca (Hungary)

The dedication of the new church building of the United Methodist congregation in Alsozsolca was planned to take place on October 11, 2014
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2014 WMC Peace Award to Hugh and Shirliann Johnson

Dr. Hugh G. Johnson and his wife Shirliann have been named as co-recipients of the 2014 World Methodist Peace Award.
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Dobrich - three months after the flood

Three months ago heavy rains lead to a devastating flood in Dobrich/Bulgaria. Milen Stefanov reports about this sad day – and about what happened afterwards.
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A New Church in Gerlachov (Slovakia)

The three days from September 5 to 7, 2014, have become most memorable for Methodists in Slovakia.
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Oases of hope

How men and women in Serbia provide oases of hope for people of all generations.
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UMC building in Bulgaria collapsed

The first days of August once again brought heavy rains to Bulgaria, which caused severe floods in the area of Mizia. The UMC church house collapsed.
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UMC in Poland: Closer to God, Closer to the People...

From June 27-29, 2014, the Annual Conference of the UMC in Poland met in Klarysew near Warsaw.
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Commemorating World War I

On the occasion of the Centenary of the World War I the European Methodist Council has released a statement.
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Devastating Floods in Bulgaria

On Thursday, June 19, there have been hailstorms and heavy rain in several parts of Bulgaria. In the regions of Varna and Burgas, the equivalent of a month’s rain fell within 24 hours. This led to heavy floods.
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On the way to the people

About 60 lay members and pastors participated in this year’s Annual Conference of the UMC in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia.
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Annual Conference in Austria

With an impressive service on Sunday, May 25, 2014, the Annual Conference of the UMC in Austria came to an end.
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Grief and Sorrow in the Balkans

The disastrous floods in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, and Serbia are causing incredible devastations, and the long-term implications are only hardly assessable.
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Attracting attention by being a credible community

«If we walk in the light (…) we have fellowship with one another.» This verse from 1 John 1 is the motto of the UMC in Hungary in 2014, and it was also the motto of this year's Annual Conference.
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Reaching out to the people for 115 years

«Be holy!» was the theme of this year's meeting of the Provisional Annual Conference Serbia-Macedonia, which took place from April 3 to 6, 2014, in Kisač (Serbia).
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To Conquer New Frontiers

This year’s gathering of Bulgaria-Romania Provisional Annual Conference took place from March 21-23, 2014, in Varna (Bulgaria).
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…but you are allowed to love!

The annual meeting of the Executive Committee of the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe (CC CSE) took place from March 13-16, 2014, in Sofia.
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Remembering the Faith of a Leader

February 26 is the day of remembrance of late President Boris Trajkovski's tragic death.
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So that Steps Can Be Taken

They were completely different. They did not know each other. But those who saw them quite accidentally could learn an important lesson.
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What does it mean to be a Methodist in Slovakia?

Donations from all over Europe helped strengthening the identity and the witness of the UMC in Slovakia.
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Training Leaders for the Future

In Estonia, the first Baltic School of Congregational Development took place – and with more than 100 participants it proved to be a real success
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Honor for Bishop Patrick Streiff

Within the frame of the «International Convocation» of Martin Methodist College in Pulaski (Tennessee) Bishop Patrick Streiff was honored...
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More than a Study Program

The theological education of future pastors in Eastern Central Europe and in the Balkans is an important priority...
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Days of Renewal in Poland

In late August 2013, about 230 people from 27 Methodist congregations participated in this year’s «Days of Renewal» of the United Methodist Church in Spała.
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Unity was preserved and will be carried on

The Annual Conference in Poland will remain part of the global United Methodist Church and change its internal regulations according to the Book of Discipline.
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Dignity would be if...

The Annual Conference Switzerland-France-North Africa met from June 6-9, 2013, in Berne (Switzerland).
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Mission and Identity in Czech Republic and Slovakia

The Czech and Slovak Republics Annual Conference met from May 31 to June 2, 2013, in Prague.
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Third World Conference on Inter-Religious and Inter-Civilization Dialogue

250 political and religious leaders met from May 10-12, 2013, in Skopje (Macedonia).
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Annual Conference 2013 in Hungary

«Younger, more educated and more caring», this could be the headlines on the Hungarian Methodists after the 2011 census.
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Stewards of the Good News

About 50 people participated in the 2013 session of the Provisional Annual Conference Bulgaria-Romania taking place from April 12-14, 2013, in Lyaskovets.
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Change in the Leadership of the UMC in Slovakia

In May 2007 Pastor Robert Zachar was appointed as superintendent of the United Methodist Church in Slovakia – after about six years of service he will hand over this responsibility to Professor Pavel Prochazka.
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Faith, Hope, Love - these three

From March 13-17, 2013, 110 delegates and guests from 20 countries gathered in Winterthur for the 17th session of the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe.
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An Opportunity for Learning and Sharing

«Come and see!» This invitation has been extended countless times in the past 2000 years. People of all generations have been so much touched by God’s love that they wanted other people to have this experience as well.
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On the Way like Migrating Birds

The invitation to the 2013 session of Serbia/Macedonia Provisional Annual Conference included an illustration of migrating birds lighting on a wire for a stopover.
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Albania: Baptism in the Municipal Theatre

The people of Pogradec UMC had a very special second Sunday in Advent 2012: 29 men and women were baptized in the municipal theatre – the church hall was too small.
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Czech Republic: Restitution Bill passed

Twenty three years after the fall of communism the Czech Parliament passed an act restoring the property confiscated under communism to churches and regulating a gradual financial separation of the church from the state.
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Poland Annual Conference: Changes and Challenges

About 50 members of Poland Annual Conference gathered from May 31 to June 3, 2012, in the rooms of the former Theological Seminary in Klarysew (near Warsaw). The theme of the conference was «Invited! Changed... Changing?»
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To ground heaven – Annual Conference in Austria

The members of Austria Provisional Annual Conference met from May 17 to 20, 2012, in Linz under the motto «To ground heaven – our diaconal task».
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Slovakia: Meeting of the Annual Conference CZ/SK in Michalovce

The Annual Conference Czech Republic/Slovakia met from May 11 to 13, 2012, in Michalovce under the leadership of Bishop Patrick Streiff.
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Hungary: The Church's One Foundation is Jesus Christ!

About 55 members and guests participated in the annual meeting of Hungary Provisional Annual Conference taking place from April 11 to 14, 2012, in Szeged/Hungary.
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Bulgaria: «To be a Church together»

«To be a church together» – this was the motto of the Annual Conference meeting, which was held from March 30 to April 1, 2012, in Pleven/Bulgaria.
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Radical Hospitality in Kisač (Serbia)

For the first time, members of the Executive Committee of Central and Southern Europe Central Conference travelled to Serbia to hold their annual meeting.
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Hungary: UMC Regains State Recognition

The United Methodist Church in Hungary has regained official state recognition, after having been removed from the list of «privileged» religious groups by Parliament in the summer of 2011.
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Passing on the Love

Doing good in the name of God can result in fundamental changes – in the lives of those who receive help, but very often far beyond these lives, as well. This is also the experience of Liepa UMC in Latvia.
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Bishop Heinrich Bolleter retires as WMC Geneva Secretary

After five years of dedicated work, Bishop Heinrich Bolleter has retired as Geneva Secretary of the World Methodist Council, with effect from the end of January 2012.
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It is only with the heart that one can see rightly

«Seek the Lord with all your heart!» was the theme of this year’s meeting of Serbia/Macedonia AC, which took place from September 22-25, 2011, in Kisac (Serbia).
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Establishment of the UMC in Romania

The United Methodist Church in Romania was born during the morning worship service on September 4, 2011 in Cluj.
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Pleven/Bulgaria: A Culture of Persistence and Hope

On July 10, 2011, a hot summer day, the United Methodist Church building in Pleven (Bulgaria) was rededicated with the assistance of 20 Methodist guests from West Market Street UMC, Greensboro, NC (USA).
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Anniversary Conference in Poland

The 90th Annual Conference in Poland was characterized by the remembrance of the past and by an outlook into the future.
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Czech and Slovak Republics Annual Conference

The Czech and Slovak Republics Annual Conference met from May 27 to 29, 2011, in Prague.
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Meeting of the Annual Conference in Austria

«With heart, mouth and hands – believing, communicating and acting together.»
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The UMC in Albania - Hope in Times of Uncertainty

On the background of uncertainty the UMC in Albania is trying to light a beacon of hope.
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New members join the UMC in Strumica (Macedonia)

«What does it mean to be a member of the United Methodist Church?»
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Methodist e-Academy welcomes first full class

The Methodist e-Academy, a program using technology to provide theological studies to clergy and seminary students in Europe, expects a full class of 30 students to be enrolled for the first regular classes in October.
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...and they came, old and young

On Sunday, April 17, 2011, the Roma congregation of Alsószolca/Hungary celebrated the laying of the foundation stone of its new church building and community center.
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A young generation is taking over responsibility - Annual Conference in Hungary

The Provisional Annual Conference of the UMC in Hungary met from April 13 to 16, 2011, in Kaposvar/Hungary.
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«To live for Christ» - Annual Conference of the UMC in Bulgaria

The Provisional Annual Conference in Bulgaria met from April 8 to 10, 2011, in Sofia under the theme «To live for Christ».
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Consultation on the Ministry with Roma

The UMC in Hungary hosted an international Consultation on the Ministry with Roma in Central and Southern Europe.
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Holocaust Memorial Center for the Jews from Macedonia

On March 10, 2011, a Memorial Center for the Jews from Macedonia was officially opened.
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Tension and Uncertainty in Tunisia

The United Methodist missionaries Jacqueline and Isaac Agré witness the current situation of tension and uncertainty in Tunisia.
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Dedication of the new Church in Kovacica/Serbia

December 19, 2010, was the highlight of a very unique year for Kovacica UMC in Serbia: it was the day of the dedication of the new sanctuary and church building with a parsonage.
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Church Growth in Albania

The fourth Sunday in Advent was a special Sunday for the UMC in Pogradec.
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First Worship Service in the Renewed Church of Pleven

Sunday, December 19, 2010, was a special day for Pleven UMC: In the presence of Bishop Patrick Streiff the first worship service was celebrated in the renewed church building.
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Discontinuation of the Methodist work in Croatia

After 15 years of tireless efforts to establish a Methodist presence in Croatia the congregational work has been officially discontinued in Fall 2010.
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New Employee in the Office of the Bishop in Zurich

On September 15, 2010, Thomas Rodemeyer will take up employment in the Office of Bishop Patrick Streiff in Zurich.
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A historic Annual Conference in Poland

The 89th session of the Annual Conference in Poland, which took place from June 18 to 20, 2010, in Katowice, made history.
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Joyful signs of life of a courageous Church

The Austria Provisional Annual Conference met from June 3 to 6, 2010, in Vienna under the intentionally ambivalent theme «Living Christ».
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Characteristics of fruitful congregations

The Czech and Sloval Republics Annual Conference, which met from May 28 to 30, 2010, spent a vast amount of time thinking about the «Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations».
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Faith produces abundance

«Faith produces abundance» – this would probably be an appropriate headline for the Annual Conference in Hungary.
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Second World Conference on Inter-Faith and Inter-Civilization Dialogue in Macedonia

In the historic place of Ohrid a meeting of 500 political and religious leaders from 30 nations took place from May 6-9, 2010.
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Change of Generations in Bulgaria

From April 16 to 17, 2010, the 58th meeting of the Bulgaria Provisional Annual Conference took place in Russe.
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«God's renewed Creation» - Meditation and Action

From March 11 to 14, 2010, the Executive Committee of the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe met in Birsfelden-Basel/Switzerland.
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News from Albania

The mission work of the United Methodist Church in Albania is challenged by difficult economic and social circumstances, but there are also positive developments:
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Annual Conference in Poland

The 88th session of the Annual Conference in Poland took place from June 19 to 21, 2009 in Ostroda. The theme of the Conference was «Seek God and you will live».
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Annual Conference in Switzerland

The Switzerland-France Annual Conference met from June 4 to 7, 2009, in Dübendorf and Zurich / Switzerland.
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Annual Conference in the Czech Republic

The Czech and Slovak Republics Annual Conference met from May 29 to 31, 2009, in Prague / Czech Republic.
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Annual Conference in Austria

The Austria Provisional Annual Conference met from May 21 to 24, 2009, in Graz / Austria.
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Annual Conference in Hungary

The Hungary Provisional Annual Conference met April 22-25, 2009, in Budapest.
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Annual Conference in Bulgaria

The Bulgaria Provisional Annual Conference met from April 3–5, 2009, in Veliko Tarnovo / Bulgaria.
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Small but Committed

When United Methodist Bishop Patrick Streiff spoke recently to church members from Central and Southern Europe, he used the well-known story of Jesus multiplying the loaves and fishes to illustrate their own situation.
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Special Award for the United Methodist Church in Macedonia

On Thursday, December 11, 2008, the «Miss Stone Centre» of the United Methodist Church in Macedonia was awarded with a special prize of the City of Strumica.
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Fire in Varna/Bulgaria

On August 14, 2007, there was a serious fire in Varna on which national TV and radio stations and newspaper but also Internet services reported.
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Registration of the UMC in Serbia

On Monday, February 5, 2007, the Superintendent of the United Methodist Church (UMC) in Serbia, Ana Palik-Kuncak, was invited to a meeting with the Minister of Religion of the Republic of Serbia, Milan Radulovic.
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New Homepage about Methodism in Macedonia

Carol Partridge, missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church is assigned to the United Methodist Church in Macedonia as Director of Christian Education.
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A better future for Hungary?

It started with a speech of the Prime Minister in May 2006 which was released to the public some days ago - and which caused an eruption of frustration and disappointment.
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In Mission Together

Partnership can be much more than sending money from a «rich» partner church to a «poor» partner church.
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Second Inter-Confessional Meeting in Macedonia

Some significant changes are taking place among members of the various religious communities in the Republic of Macedonia.
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New Law on Religion in Serbia

At the end of April 2006 the Serbian president Boris Tadic signed a new Law on Churches and Religious Communities which separates the churches and communities in two categories.
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First-ever French United Methodist songbook

Recently the first-ever French-language United Methodist songbook entitled «Mille voix... pour Te chanter» (A Thousand Tongues to Sing to You) was published.
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Bishop Dr. Streiff entered upon office

Today, Dr. Patrick Streiff (Biel/Switzerland) entered upon office as the new Bishop of the United Methodist Church in the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe.
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Floods in South-Eastern Europe

The news from the floods in South-Eastern Europe may have disappeared from the big TV and newspaper headlines — however the situation for those living in this area is still very difficult.
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Patrick Streiff - the new bishop

(UMNS) A new bishop has been elected to lead the United Methodist Church’s Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe. The Rev. Patrick Streiff, 49, was consecrated during an April 17 service at Bern Cathedral in Switzerland.
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