I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.

As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

-- John 17:20-21, NRSV

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Bishop Christian Alsted, Nordic and Baltic Episcopal Area, on the tragedy in Charleston, S.C.
Norway 18th June 2015 
Dear Fellow Methodists,  
Grace and peace from our Lord Jesus Christ be with you in this time of pain and mourning.
The Norway Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in session in Halden join you in prayer grieving the murders of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight parishoners during a prayer meeting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015.
There are no words to adequately describe the brutality and evil of this crime, or to express the immense pain it is causing to the victims’ families, the congregation and the community. We voice the hope and faith of David “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me.”
We call upon our Methodist people to support and care for victims of hate and racism, and to take active and prayerful part in ending all expressions racism and hatred with words and acts of justice and peace.
Much prayer is needed for the Emanuel AME Church and the Charleston community – be assured that the Methodist people in Norway as well as in the other Nordic and Baltic countries join you in those prayers.
In Christ
Christian Alsted
Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, United Methodist Church in Germany, on the tragedy in Charleston, S.C.
To the African Methodist Episcopal Church
Bishop John R. Bryant – Senior Bishop
Bishop Richard F. Norris – Seventh District
June 19, 2015 
Dear Bishop Bryant, dear Bishop Norris, dear Brothers and Sisters in the AME Church and the Emanuel congregation,
We, the United Methodists in South Germany are gathered at our Annual Conference meeting in Fuerth near Nuernberg, Germany. We were shocked when we learnt that Methodist brothers and sisters were killed by the shooting in a worship place at a bible study meeting. We stand at the side of the families of those who are killed and of the whole congregation and the members of our sister church and we pray for healing and strength as you are facing a terrible act of racist violence. Be assured that your United Methodist sisters and brothers in Europe are on your side as you are mourning because you have to live with this traumatic expe-rience. With gratitude we receive reports telling us that you seek to overcome evil with good. Since racism exists all over the world, we join you and all people of good will in the United States of America and else-where in prayer and action so that we learn to embrace differences, to love our neighbors, welcome the strangers and to work for justice.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Connected in Christ's love,
Bishop Rosemarie Wenner
United Methodist Church in Germany
OCUIR on the tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina

The Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in the aftermath of the deadly shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  We pray for those suffering the loss of their pastor, The Rev. Honorable Clementa Pinckney, and eight of their faithful members. We echo the words of their former pastor, Rev. Stephen Singleton, as he urges us to “embrace our faith and embrace each other.”  


We encourage United Methodists across the connection to pray for those directly affected by this horrific tragedy and the whole African Methodist Episcopal family.  Today and every day, we stand against violence.  Instead, we stand for peace and love as taught by Jesus the Christ. 

OCUIR Awards Scholarships

The Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships congratulates recipients of scholarships to attend the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions. OCUIR awarded scholarships to six United Methodists:



    • Daphne Creasman - Candler School of Theology
    • Eric Neil Gaiser - Methodist Theological School in Ohio
    • Kendra Fredrickson-Laouini - Claremont School of Theology



    • Matt Landry - North Central Jurisdiction
    • Rhonda Quiroz - South Central Jurisdiction
    • Jannifer Register - Southeastern Jurisdiction


The 2015 Parliament expects to draw 10,000 people, from 80 nations, celebrating 50 faiths. The Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world. The Parliament provides space for "effective cross-pollination of ideas, for distinctly different solutions to global challenges, or for productive networking across nationalities, cultures, languages and ideologies."  


The purpose of the Council of Bishops Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships is to deepen and expand the ecumenical and interreligious ministries of The United Methodist Church through building partnerships, participating in interfaith and interreligious dialogue and encouraging Christian unity around the world. 


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