A new study resource on Britain’s housing crisis has been produced by the Joint Public Issues Team in conjunction with Housing Justice and Scottish Churches Housing Action.
It offers “a biblical and theological framework to help us respond, as followers of Jesus, to the emerging issues that we might confront. It is written in the hope that through it, many local Christians, both as individuals and congregations, will be stimulated to consider their responsibilities as a gospel people, in the face of the housing issues that are becoming an increasing reality in the life of our nations. For some this might be through the combined endeavours of the faith community, for others by seeking to reflect the priorities of God’s kingdom through their day-to-day working lives.”
Appreciating Church is a Christian ecumenical project which aims to encourage the church at a local and national level to engage people in an inclusive way, listening to ‘all the voices’, building on our existing strengths and skills, counting our blessings and co-creating a resilient church as part of the kingdom of Heaven.
Appreciating Church is about developing a self-sustaining Appreciative Inquiry (AI) community of practice across the churches, initiated and led by the United Reformed Church, in partnership with the Methodist Church, Quakers, and the Congregational Federation, with interest from individual dioceses of the Church of England and others.
Read how churches have used this approach.
A new chaplaincy initiative called ‘The Listening Service’ has been launched in Edinburgh, with a team of 19 trained chaplains from the city’s faith communities beginning work on Tuesday 6 December at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. These new court’s chaplains will provide an independent, confidential support service to all court users and staff – of all faiths and none. Court staff and staff from other agencies at the court (e.g. Social Work, Victim Support) will be able to refer court users to the Listening Service. The service is free, private and confidential; a listening ear for all who request it, when it is most needed.
The Project Leaders for the Listening Service are Rev Andrew Letby and Rev Hilda Warwick of the Methodist Church.
The latest edition of the connexion is now published. The theme ‘Thinking Big’ includes an article by Gary Williams, the National Learning and Development Coordinator for Scotland and Shetland. Read it online.
Read or watch the Christmas message from the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference. See how God chose and chooses to work in unpromising situations.
This story was told to a meeting of preachers in Scotland by a preacher in Bulgaria – thanks to Skype!
The Joint Public Issues Team has produced a short video highlighting the plight of asylum seekers in Britain in 2016. Use it in your church!
Faith leaders including the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference signed a joint statement on 28th November calling on the UK Government and the UN to act to support the urgent delivery of aid to those besieged in Aleppo.
See the text and signatories.
A refreshed version of Called by Name has been produced. This illustrated booklet is designed for potential, new and existing members of the Methodist Church, and ‘helps us all understand the call of Christ to discipleship, as it is expressed by membership of the Methodist Church’.
Conscientious objection was first enshrined in law in the UK in January 1916, in the first Military Bill that introduced compulsory conscription.
The first conscientious objectors included several Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists. Such men faced prison, rebuke from their families or church community, and even death, for their principled refusal to take up arms.
15th May 2016 is International Conscientious Objectors Day, and materials have been prepared for services on this theme for 8th May.