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It’s been a long story, but all’s well that ends well. On Wednesday the Supreme Court delivered it’s judgement that Methodist ministers are not not employees and do not have recourse to employment tribunals. Inevitably, the judgement is not light bedtime reading, but I was impressed by the obvious care that the judges had taken [...]

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The Methodist Conference today affirmed the following resolution (”Notice of Motion” in Methodist-speak)
In view of the continued building of illegal Israeli settlements on Occupied land, as well as the repeated condemnation this has received from the UK Government, the Conference:

Notes that these settlements are illegal under Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, as confirmed [...]

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Musings on Methodist Conference

by Richard on July 8, 2011

I had intended to put my name forward as a Conference rep this year, a plan which was scuppered by my own incompetence. Even so, it was still very possible to feel a part of the proceedings. The media team did a magnificent job and provided an environment in which much wider engagement with the [...]

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In the ordinary way I’d have blogged this last week when I first heard about it, but I haven’t exactly been on top form recently…
Ordination services in British Methodism are held annually at venues in the vicinity of the Conference. They are often held in non-Methodist Churches because we don’t have enough buildings around that [...]

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Justice for Palestine & Israel: a response

by Richard on November 5, 2010

The Leeds Messianic Fellowship have offered a response to the Justice for Palestine & Israel report (pdf). I confess that I haven’t had chance to read it properly yet, so I’ll offer no comment just now, except to welcome the civil terms in which the response is presented.

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Methodist Church’s boycott of Israeli goods

by Richard on October 15, 2010

There’s a letter in the Church Times today that puts the case against David Hallam’s legal action as clearly as I’ve seen it anywhere. Unfortunately it is sitting behind a paywall and I’m not sure I should quote it all. However, there’s one point which I haven’t seen anywhere else:
First, we are enjoined in the [...]

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David Hallam’s lawsuit against the Methodist Church, announced more than a week ago, still hasn’t materialised as far as I can tell. His website is claiming growing international support, though as commenter Michael has observed, the number of supportive comments he has received is rather limited and media coverage remains sparse. Perhaps I’m mis-reading the [...]

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Responding to David Hallam, Methodist Preacher

by Richard on October 6, 2010

The first thing, if you’re tempted to visit the Methodist Preacher’s blog, is to be aware of this warning notice which my netbook threw up last night. (Yes, I’ve tried to make David aware of it) I’ve no idea how seriously it should be taken.

His latest post is headed From the Methodist morning hate mail. [...]

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Suing the Church: some questions

by Richard on October 4, 2010

I might regret this, but I think I need another word or two about the ill-considered threat of legal action against the Methodist Church over our Conference resolution on Israel/Palestine. A number of aspects of this are mystifying. The Telegraph article is very unspecific about which laws are alleged to have been broken.
1. Is [...]

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Jews and Christians in the UK and Israel/Palestine have welcomed the Methodist Conference Report Justice for Palestine and Israel (pdf), which was “received” at the recent Conference and commended to the wider church for study.
The signatories, Christians and Jews from the UK and Palestine/Israel, offer their “wholehearted support” for the “humane and principled conclusions” of [...]

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Conference News roundup

by Richard on July 10, 2008

The Methodist Conference has now finished for another year. Here’s a roundup of the week.

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Conference restates its deep concern over the desperate levels of poverty being experienced within Palestinian society, particularly regarding the Gaza Strip and the blockade that Israel has imposed. A recent report co-sponsored by 8 development and human rights agencies, including Christian Aid, Save the Children and Amnesty International, described the situation in Gaza as a [...]

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The following “Notice of Motion” has just been agreed by the Conference:
Conference restates its commitment to sustainable and generous allocation of resources in response to a growing need for food provision and security.
Recent surveys clearly show sharp increases in the cost of food. Which? Reported an increase of 20% for the average UK family’s weekly [...]

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The Methodist Conference, meeting in Scarborough, has endorsed a number of resolutions brought by the Youth Conference. Amongst other things, these call on the Church to campaign to highlight the plight of the Burmese people, and to investigate how local churches can address the issues that lead to violence among young people, including knife crime. [...]

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From the Methodist Church
A major report on abortion, assisted reproductive technologies and stem cell research has been received by the Methodist Conference. The report, Created in God’s Image, also discusses embryo screening and egg and sperm donation. The report was jointly produced by the Methodist Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United [...]

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Conference news

by Richard on July 9, 2008

First major equalities and diversity report presented to Methodist Conference
The Methodist Conference has received a major report challenging the Church to eliminate discrimination in an increasingly diverse Christian community.
This report is the result of a project initiated in 2004 by the Conference and carried out by the Equalities and Diversity Project, a representative group including [...]

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Conference news

by Richard on July 9, 2008

This came via email from the Methodist Church
Major report on five years of the Anglican-Methodist Covenant
A major report received today by the Methodist Conference addresses the progress made over the last five years of the Anglican-Methodist Covenant.
The Covenant between the Methodist Church in Great Britain and the Church of England was agreed by both churches [...]

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Today’s Conference news

by Richard on July 8, 2008

Methodist Church condemns UK Government’s failure of Zimbabwean refugees
The Methodist Conference has condemned the UK government’s failure to care for Zimbabwean refugees and is urging the Government to immediately stop all deportations to Zimbabwe and grant indefinite ‘right to remain’ to Zimbabwean refugees.
The Conference expressed support for all international efforts to bring about a peaceful, [...]

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More news from the Methodist Conference

by Richard on July 7, 2008

This just in:
Church seeks ‘pioneers’ to reach out to young adults
The Methodist Church has approved a major new initiative designed to reach out to those with no experience of church, especially young adults.
The Pioneering Ministries scheme will see the establishment of new Christian communities and congregations in a variety of locations from city centre [...]

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From the Methodist Church News Service
David Walton, new Vice President of the Methodist Conference, called on the Church to “choose life” in his inaugural address. Speaking on the second day of the 2008 Methodist Conference, meeting at the Spa Centre in Scarborough, David said that we are all accountable in some ways for our lives, [...]

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