Author Archives: Matthew

My Final Sunday at ESUMC Vienna

My final Sunday at the English-Speaking United Methodist Church was 16 August 2020. Photos by David Lee.

ESUMC Confirmation on 28 June 2020

Nuevo director de la oficina metodista ecuménica en Roma

Por CMM*Traduccion y adaptacion: Rev. Gustavo Vasquez ** 7 de mayo de 2020  El Rev. Matthew Laferty fue designado como Director de la Oficina Ecuménica Metodista de Roma (MEOR) y comenzara su servicio el próximo 1 de septiembre.  Laferty dice que está emocionado por esta nueva oportunidad “Tengo un gran interés en la unidad cristiana […]
Read More »

All Roads Lead to Rome

This past week Bishop Tracy S. Malone announced that I will receive a new appointment in the autumn. Beginning 1 September 2020, I will be the director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office in Rome, Italy. The mission of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome is to foster relations between the global Methodist family and the Roman […]
Read More »

Preachers’ Perspectives in Pandemic

During Eastertide 2020, I am hosting and editing a special podcast series called “Preachers’ Perspectives in Pandemic” with my colleague Dorothee Büürma. Dorothee is the pastor of the Salzburg United Methodist Church. The podcast series focuses on preachers’ viewpoints on Scripture (mostly Gospel lessons from the Sunday lectionary) during Eastertide and the COVID-19 pandemic. I […]
Read More »

Holy Week Daily Prayers in English

During Holy Week, I worked with my colleague the Rev. Dorothee Büürma, pastor of Salzburg UMC, to produce and release a special podcast series called “Holy Week Daily Prayers in English”. We created six episodes. Each episode included a Scripture reading, part of the poem “It Was On” from the Iona Community, and prayers of […]
Read More »

Methodist Mission in Albania

For several years the English-Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna has partnered with the Methodist mission in Albania. I led a team from ESUMC to visit the Methodist mission in Albania in October 2019, where we met with congregations in Tirana, Pogredic, and Elbasan. Photos by David Lee.

ESUMC Harvest Festival 2019

Photos from the Harvest Festival at the English-Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna on 20 October 2019. Photos by David Lee.  

Declaration on IDAHOBIT 2019

Declaration from “Religions for Equality” Vienna In a joint statement, the Initiative “Religions for Equality” makes a declaration on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia 2019. IDAHOBIT is 17 May. We raise our voices against homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia. We know that even today people are being rejected and discriminated against in faith […]
Read More »

ESUMC Celebrates 40 Years

The English-Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna celebrated its 40th anniversary on 24 February 2019.