Methodist Conference 2016

This page posts information received from the Methodist Conference.

AFTER THE REFERENDUM : NATIONAL LIFE

The recent Methodist Conference considered the vote to leave the EU and in this time of uncertainty called for leadership which seeks the common good and encourages people to work together , to respect one another and to uphold the dignity of all.

Our Christian tradition calls for respect , tolerance , love of neighbour and hospitality to the stranger. Recent actions and words of those wishing to victimise sections within our society are abhorrent .

Believing racism is a denial of the gospel the Methodist Conference calls on Methodist people to :-

  • challenge racism and discrimination
  • on political leaders to work together for the good of the whole community putting the needs of the nation before party politics.
  • political debate should not demonise the vunerable in our society.
  • those in positions of power should listen to the needs of the marginalised in our society and give them hope.

We are encouraged to express these sentiments to our own MP.

(This a precis of the statement read out in church last week , the full wording can be found on Methodist Church Connexion website www.methodist.org.uk)

WHAT IS MARRIAGE?………..More from the Methodist Conference 2016

After discussions with thousands of people across the Methodist  Connexion on marriage and relationships, led by a task group established by the Conference, a resolution was passed to reconsider the Church’s definition of marriage.

This does not necessarily mean that there will be a change of definition, but that the Church wishes to re-examine it through a period of theological and scriptural reflection.The statement on A Christian Understanding of Family Life, the Single Person and Marriage from 1992 may also be updated as part of that work, which will be led by a new working party.

The Revd Graham Carter, Chair of the Marriage and Relationships Task Group commented, “It is essential to take time over this issue because the process of finding a way forward is as important as reaching a decision. Enabling people in the church to talk openly about their differing convictions and value their common commitment to Jesus Christ is key to what it means to be a Christian community.The decision of the Conference to establish a working party on the matters of marriage and relationships is an important step which comes from a widespread conversation in which people have listened, respected each other’s position and engaged in deep reflection together. The conversations will continue and we will go on responding to the challenges of interpreting God’s love for today’s society”