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Saying goodbye

by Richard on August 21, 2014

It’s the time of year when Methodist ministers up and down Britain are swapping manses. All (almost) appointments begin on September 1st, so the weeks of August are filled with endings and beginnings. My colleague Paul Weary, who is going through this process himself, reflects on the importance of a good farewell.
As I move on [...]


Bits & bobs

by Richard on October 7, 2012

Pretending to be a Preacher says “The church is your neighbour too.”
Mr John Cooper has an attack of the Gilbert and Sullivans, proclaiming himself the very model of a modern methodist. Who’d argue?
The Conversation offers evidence that people are intuitively co-operative.
Did Pulpit Freedom Sunday have much impact where you are? I’d got no idea that [...]

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Putting theology first

by Richard on April 20, 2012

John Meunier hosts a good guest post lamenting the lack of theological discussion at the UMC’s General Conference. Accepting that there are financial issues to be faced, he goes on:
I am more troubled by what United Methodists will not be talking about at General Conference. For example, what are the odds that United Methodists at [...]


John Wesley’s ‘Aldersgate experience’

by Richard on May 24, 2010

On this day, 1738, John Wesley wrote in his journal:
In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while the leader was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith [...]


The end of Methodism? A view from across the pond

by Richard on February 16, 2010

Only Wonder Understands :: Did David Gamble misspeak?
Gamble isn’t making a statement of intention for merger, in fact, his comments have little to do with any formal arrangements with the Church of England. No, Gamble is asking a question we all should be asking, “How do we most effectively minister in the 21st Century?” In [...]


The end of Methodism? - further thoughts

by Richard on February 15, 2010

I’ve been looking at what David Gamble and Richard Vautrey said to the Church of England Synod. All of it, not just other people’s summaries.
I know, that’s a dreadful admission. Mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa.
What’s clear is that he was neither calling for the end of the Methodist Church in Britain, nor suggesting a [...]


The end of Methodism?

by Richard on February 13, 2010

The President of Conference’s address to the Church of England Synod has been widely reported in the media and around the blogosphere. Here, for example is Dave Warnock :: Methodism = Mission first!
Mission is why we are here, it is who we are. What a wonderful way to restate that we are a movement and [...]


Social media guidelines again

by Richard on January 29, 2010

Following the bit of fuss we’ve had about draft guidance on the Methodist Church and social media, I was interested to read that councillors in Cornwall are getting themselves in a tizzy over the same thing.
Councillors in Cornwall could face being reported to the authority’s standards committee for using social networking sites.
It follows claims that [...]


Pete Philips wants a lighter touch
The good bits of the paper… point out the responsibility of blogging and using social media. Confidentiality is a requirement. Libel and slander and defamation and harassment - see yesterday’s postings - are a reality within the world of blogging. But if people are blogging or tweeting [...]


Methodism and the new media

by Richard on January 26, 2010

There’s a paper going to the Methodist Council next week containing advice to the church on the use of “social media”. David Hallam has read it, and he doesn’t like it. That’s his prerogative, of course. Unfortunately, his dislike of the paper has lead him, unknowingly I’m sure, to rather misrepresent what it actually says. [...]


5 things I love about Methodism

by Richard on December 8, 2009

Micky and Dave are both pointing to The Road to Elder-ado: 5 things I love about Methodists. So it has to be worth a quick squit.
Micky then raises the challenge: So - go on then, why do you love Methodism? How could I not answer that?
In no particular order…
1. The ‘Connexion’
The structure of Methodism [...]


Scouting: Some lessons for Methodism?

by Richard on October 14, 2009

For the last few weeks I’ve been helping out with the local Scouts and Cubs and I’ve got to admit it’s been fun. The next logical step was to offer to join the movement more formally as an assistant leader. Slightly scary, but nothing ventured, nothing gained. I’m still waiting to hear from the powers [...]


Moving Methodism

by Richard on March 5, 2009

Easier said than done, some might say. But Dave Warnock has the bit between his teeth. All aboard?


Reclaiming the Wesleyan Tradition

by Richard on January 8, 2009

The Methoblog says God wants you to buy this book. I don’t know whether that’s true or not, but strangely my copy came from Amazon this very morning. When I’ve had a chance to look at it, I’ll let you know what I think.
One of the things that concerns me about the Methodist Church is [...]


A bit of Methodist blogging

by Richard on January 7, 2009

Back in December, there was a gathering of former Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the Methodist Conference. Sort of a 24 hour think tank. I should have mentioned it then, but I notice that all the photos of the great and good have now been captioned (thanks to Olive), so that gives me another excuse. [...]


Why Methodism?

by Richard on December 18, 2008

Having told us why he is glad to be a Methodist, Dave Warnock owns up to some stuff that worries him about the Methodist Church. His post, and the subsequent conversation, is very helpful. Meanwhile, Kim’s comments here contribute a critical friend’s reflection on whether there is any continued need for a seperate Methodist denomination. [...]


On being a Methodist

by Richard on December 16, 2008

Dave Warnock has a couple of very useful posts:How I came to be and stay a Methodist and What keeps me in Methodism are both well worth your time.


In praise of the Covenant Service

by Richard on January 14, 2008

Today’s Guardian leader column
Hymns rich in workaday yet powerful images are usually ranked as Methodism’s main contribution to literature, but yesterday witnessed another example of this small but hugely influential church’s power of inspirational writing. Many Methodists across the country celebrated their annual covenant service, a renewal of faith comparable to new year resolutions, but [...]


Sharing good news

by admin on January 13, 2008