CommunionEcumenical and Interreligious Newsletter of the Council of BishopsJuly 2021WELCOME Dr. David FieldThe Council of Bishops welcomes Dr. David Field of Basel, Switzerland to their staff as the new Ecumenical Staff Officer for Theological Development and Faith and Order. Dr. Field was born inSouth Africa and now holds dual citizenship both in South Africaand in Switzerland, where he currently lives with his wife, Rev.Dr. Caroline Schröder Field, and two adult sons. He holds a PhDin Religious Studies from the University of Cape Town and hasserved the last several years as the Director of the Methodist EAcademy in Europe. He also served as a member of “The Commission on a Way Forward”and has written two popular books: Bid Our Jarring Conflicts Cease: A Wesleyan Theologyand Praxis of Church Unity and Our Purpose Is Love: The Wesleyan Way to Be the Church.He will be based in Switzerland and have responsibility for bi-lateral relationships and Faithand Order theological engagement.Dr. Field supersede Dr. Kyle Tau who left the bishop’s staff in early July to go to law school.He joins the existing ecumenical/interreligious staff of: Ecumenical Officer Bishop SallyDyck, Ecumenical Staff Officer Rev. Dr. Jean Hawxhurst and Ecumenical Administrative Assistant Ms. Summer Papajeski.July 2021COMMUNION NEWSLETTER1

OCTOBER 17-18, 2021The 8th Parliament of the World’s Religions, hosted for the firsttime virtually, will bring together people of faith from around theworld in an instant. The virtual Parliament is a safe way to gatherthe world’s global interfaith movement and celebrate the enduring spirit and work of religious and spiritual communities strivingtoward a more just, peaceful, and sustainable arly Bird RegularSaver (June 1 - August (Begins September Students are high school and undergraduate. They must(Available tillMay 31)31)1)General Admission 50 USD 70 USD 90 USDStudent w/ ID 10 USDprove they are students by uploading a scan of theircurrent student ID. Please consider contributing 10 ormore to subsidize registration and scholarships forthose who otherwise might be unable to participateat you register, please let Dr. Hawxhurst know, so she can invite you to a pre-Parliament UM zoom gathering.UMEIT: Updates on United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious TrainingsThe Council of Bishops’ ecumenical/interreligious trainings are known as UMEIT. Descriptions of all the UMEIT offeringsare found on the bishops’ website: or you can contact Dr. Hawxhurst for details([email protected]).UMEIT: Young Adult NetworkUMEIT: YAN will be concluding the currentcohort later this year. If you are a youngadult interested in joining the next cohort,watch for the application, which will beposted on the bishops’ website andemailed to the bishops later this summer.July 2021COMMUNION NEWSLETTER2

UMEIT: USA (and the National Workshop on Christian Unity)UMEIT: USA meets annually as one of the networks of the National Workshop on Christina Unity.Methodists meet together for training and fellowship, but also participate in the prayer and formation of the National Workshop.UMEIT: USA will gather again at the 2022 National Workshop on Christian Unity, which is scheduled to be held In Anaheim, California May 3-6, 2022. ( are available from the Council of Bishops for United Methodists to participate in theevents and will be made available soon.UMEIT: Online Goes Live!A brand new curriculum designed to serve individuals is now available on the bishops’ website( as a way for UnitedMethodists to learn the basics of ecumenical theology, history and local engagement. Everyone may register for the free,six-session course, simply by going to the “Resources” tab,then clicking on “UMEIT: Online.” Once registered participants will have access to all sessions, videos, handouts, discussion questions and worshipful centering times.This same curriculum is also still available to print out in hard copy by going to the website, then“Resources,” then “Ecumenical Training and Curricula.” In this form the sessions can be used bylocal congregations and small groups for interactive discussions. Please make sure each of yourannual conferences knows about the two forms of this curriculum!The Council of Bishops’ staff would like to thank Ms. Erin Sears of Candler School of Theology forcompleting this project as a part of the Candler Advantage Summer Intern program .July 2021COMMUNION NEWSLETTER3

UMEIT: ZoomIn 2021 UMEIT: Zoom will became a monthly,thirty-minute, online training ministry for whomever is interested in thetopic of the month. Items of Interest will include brief teachings on topicslike: The Pan-Methodist Commission, The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and what to look for ecumenically at the General Conference. Theteaching time will be followed by a time of prayer for unity. Recordings ofthe UMEIT: Zoom sessions will be housed on the Zoom continues to be held every month at noon. If you would like an invitation tothese monthly trainings, please contact Summer Papajeski at [email protected] JUSTICE FOR ALLA group of young adults in the Methodist Church ofBritain (a concordat partner to The UMC) has created aworldwide Methodist movement of engagement onclimate justice issues called "Climate Justice for All."The MCB-UMC concordat team of The United Methodist Church, the World Methodist Council, the MethodistEcumenical Office in Rome and many others are endorsing this effort as a way to get our communitiesspeaking up prior to the COP26 United Nations ClimateChange Conference this coming November.Our Ecumenical Officer, Bishop Sally Dyck recently wrote, “Jesus had a lot to say about care for creation To make disciples of Jesus Christ is to learn and act in ways that care for our neighbors. May these Methodistyoung people lead us all to be good neighbors. This is truly an ecumenical and inter-religious calling!”The "Climate Justice for All" campaign includes powerful video statements on how climate change is effectingcommunities in places like Bangladesh, Uruguay, Britain, Zambia and Fiji. It also includes resources on how toequip your community to speak out and commit to making change happen.For more information go lJuly 2021COMMUNION NEWSLETTER4

Celebration of Asbury’s Trip to the ColoniesThe Asbury Crossing: Responding to CallThis October will mark the 250th anniversary of Francis Asbury’s journey from England to the NorthAmerican colonies. His trip and the organization ofthe Methodist Movement that ensued had rippleeffects that are still felt today. Francis Asbury andhis journey will be celebrated both online and inperson.The Celebration will be held October 30th and 31st,2021 at the Historic St. George’s UMC, the oldestcontinuous serving Methodist church building in America.Events will commence with a concert at the New Room on September 11 and special Asbury themedworship at the New Room on September 12.The afternoon of October 30 will feature a first-person dramatic performance of Francis Asbury by aprofessional actor who has studied Asbury’s journals and will present from them. The same event willfeature a keynote address by Dr. John Wigger (Francis Asbury: American Saint - Asbury’s most contemporary biographer). Special music by the Eastern PA Conference Mass Gospel Choir rounds out the program.On Sunday October 31, Bishops Cynthia Fiero Harvey and John Schol will lead worship at St. George’s.Bishop Harvey will serve as celebrant of the Eucharist and Bishop Schol as the preacher.Austrian Church Celebrates 150th AnniversaryThe Methodist Movement has now been in the country of Austria for 150 years,and United Methodists there are going to celebrate!A special worship service, including ecumenical guests, government officials,UM bishops and members will take place at theEnglish-Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna in Octoberof this year.You can send written greetings and or inquiries to:Rev. John Calhoun at [email protected] 2021COMMUNION NEWSLETTER5

Upcoming Events2021July2021 Ecumenical and Interfaith HOLIDAYS28th-Aug 1 AME Zion Church General Conference31-Aug 4th CC (DoC) General AssemblyAugust 18-19AshuraAugust 22Obon (Ullambana)AugustAugust 29-30Krishna Janmashtami6 UMEIT: YAN9-10 CCT Steering Committee Meeting12-14 WMC Steering Committee17 UMEIT: Zoom28 8th CME Unity Summit28-Sept 3 CME 150th AnniversarySeptember 4-11 Paryushana ParvaSeptember 6-8Rosh HashanahSeptember 15-16 Yom KippurSeptember 20-27 SukkotSeptemberBossey begins21 UMEIT: ZoomOctober3 World Communion Sunday4-8 CCT Annual Forum10-13 NCCC in the USA Governing Board Meeting andChristian Unity Gathering14-15 European Methodist Council17-18 8th Parliament of the World’s Religions19 UMEIT: Zoom23-26 MEOR Forum and Executive Director Installation25 Religions for Peace, International Executive CommitteeMeeting26 Religions for Peace, International World Council MeetingNovember2-4 UM Jurisdictional Conferences15 MCGB-UMC Concordat Group Gathering16 UMEIT: Zoom18-19 North American Academy of EcumenistsSeptember 27MeskelSeptember 29MichaelmasOctober 18-19Eid Milad un-NabiOctober 19Mawlid Al-NabiOctober 20Birth of Sikh Guru GranthOctober 31-Nov.2 Dia de los MuertosNovember 1All Saint’s DayNovember 4DiwaliNovember 5-6Birth of BábNovem. 28-Dec. 6 HanukkahNovem 28-Dec .24 AdventDecember 25Christmas DayDecember 26KwanzaaDecember21 UMEIT: ZoomNCCC in the USA Heads of Communion RetreatNational Conference of Black ChurchesJuly 2021COMMUNION NEWSLETTER6


uled to be held In Anaheim, alifornia May 3-6, 2022. ( Scholarships are available from the ouncil of ishops for United Methodists to participate in the events and will be made available soon. UMEIT: Online Goes Live! A brand new curriculum designed to s