The Executive Committee of the World Methodist Council meets twice between the main Council and Conference that takes place every 5 years. It last met 2 years ago in
George Freeman, the General Secretary of the
Bishop Nafteli Aravena Bravo, of the
He went on to highlight concerns about the potential for a huge gold mine in the country that would need the removal of a glacier that sits above it. To do so would remove the water supply for thousands of people that depend on it and the Church is raising concerns about the impact that multinational mining companies are having on these vulnerable communities. He also talked about the role that the
He was accompanied by five of the district superintendents who spoke a little of the work taking place within their areas. One reflected concerns that the local Church had about the impact of a proposed hydro-electric scheme, another from the Punta Arenas District in the far south of Chile reflected concerns about global warming and the impact it was having not just on nearby Antarctica but also the area in which he lived and worked, and a third reflected on the difference in the churches within the district between the traditional and the more charismatic.