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COVID-19 Vaccination must be a Missional Priority of the Church

Submitted by umccopenhagen on Mon, 09/20/2021 - 13:15

In their September meeting the Connectional Table, a leadership body in the United Methodist Church, declared increasing vaccinations against COVID-19 a denomination-wide “missional priority.”
“As an expression of discipleship and love of neighbor, the Connectional Table calls The United Methodist Church to address the inequities of COVID-19 vaccine access and education as a missional priority. We call the whole United Methodist Church to a prophetic and missional response to the critical need for global vaccine equity, access and education.” was the wording of the motion, the Connectional Table passed. 
This is about equity and justice, and as a church we must take our responsibility through advocacy and education in putting pressure on our governments to make vaccines available for all parts of the world, while we educate people about the benefits of being vaccinated where the vaccine is available. These effort are a simple expression of Christian love and discipleship, said bishop Christian Alsted, chair of the Connectional Table.
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This past week the European Commission on Mission gathered in Norway made a statement on vaccine inequity, saying: “We call for Vaccine Equity now, and for every person, leader and organisation to do their part to ensure that access for all becomes a reality in our world today. We passionately believe that it is imperative that governments, pharmaceutical companies, global and local health authorities take tangible action to more equitably distribute and give access to COVID-19 vaccinations and the supplies needed to distribute them.”
The European Commission on Mission is (ECOM) is a fellowship of leaders and representatives of Methodist mission boards, mission agencies and task forces, or their equivalent in Europe, as well as the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM). 
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mapThe Nordic and Baltic episcopal area covers 7 countries Denmark,Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. We speak 9 official languages and use English as a common language.

Bishop Christian Alsted gives oversight to pastors, deacons, local churches, schools, hospitals, seminaries and diaconal institutions in the area.

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