Published June 2015
A framework for reflection and study by United Methodists.
This collection of essays offers a framework for reflection and study by United Methodist laity, clergy, and seminarians seeking to live into our faith’s commitment to ecumenism and interfaith relationships.
The vision and voices of writers from around the world are indispensable in understanding the biblical, historical, and theological basis for ecumenical and interreligious work. The writers are Warner H. Brown, Jr. Sudarshana Devadhar, Gaspar Joao Domingos, Adam Hamilton, Benjamin L. Hartley, Hee Soo Jung, Gladys Mangiduyos, Glen A. Messer II, Bruce R. Ough, Stephen Sidorak, Jr., Mary Ann Swenson, and Rosemarie Wenner.
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“This sparkling book celebrates
the wide-armed embrace of God’s love. Drawing from personal stories,
historical narratives, texts of the Wesleyan and United Methodist
traditions, and biblical witness, the authors challenge people to ponder
ecumenical and interreligious relations. They offer perspectives and
questions that are deeply biblical and Wesleyan and are urgent in a
world torn by conflict. They shine light on polarizations and
possibilities in the United Methodist Church, the Christian Church
universal, and the whole human family. The book is an invitation to
reflect but, more important, to pause and appreciate the largesse of
God’s love that binds people across chasms of difference.”
—Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore
Boston University School of Theology
“This book is a wonderful resource for all who take seriously the prayer for unity Jesus prayed in John 17:20-21. The authors represent a rich diversity of voices from across the globe, all calling us to focus on that which binds us together in love. I heartily recommend this book to all who are interested in building bridges of unity.”
—Dr. Clayton Oliphint
Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Richardson, Texas
"I urge all United Methodists to read Celebrating God's Love in preparation for the 2016 General Conference, because it serves as a valuable reminder of our commitment to ecumenical and interreligious relationships and dialogue."
President and General Secretary
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA