News archive 2008

 
  • In light of the escalating conflict in Gaza over the last 24 hours, the Methodist Church is calling for international pressure on both Israel and Hamas to bring an end to the violence. Steve Hucklesby, Public Issues Policy Advisor, said; 'The...

     
  • In his Christmas Message, the Revd Stephen Poxon, President of the Methodist Conference, calls for Christmas to be a time of hospitality towards strangers. Stephen highlights the work of local churches amongst asylum seekers and refugees and as...

     
  • Following a year of tensions, threats and destruction, particularly in Orissa, Karnataka, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh, many Christians will celebrate Christ's birth in hiding or in fear. The Methodist Church is urging Christians to pray as fresh ...

     
  • This Christmas, the Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) is calling on people to remember those affected by humanitarian crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zimbabwe. MRDF is supporting appeals through ACT (Action by Ch...

     
  • Methodists have expressed concern for lone parents and people receiving incapacity benefits following the publication of the Welfare Reform White Paper yesterday. While the proposals offer assistance to help some of the five million people w...

     
  • The Methodist Church envisages long term improvement rather than a quick fix to the economic crisis following the Queen's speech to Parliament. The Church welcomed measures to empower around eight million people on low incomes through the We...

     
  • An international appeal to help thousands of people displaced by floods in Brazil has been backed by the Methodist Church in Britain. Almost 80,000 people lost their homes and around 100 people lost their lives after a torrential downpour st...

     
  • The Methodist Music Resources Group is asking people to offer their opinions on a new collection of hymns and songs in their 'Sing a New Song' consultation. The aim is to produce a music resource that retains the best of the old and includes...

     
  • The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church have urged the Government to reduce Britain's carbon emissions following Lord Turner's report published today. The three denominations backed the report'...

     
  • Lord Leslie Griffiths of Pembrey and Burry Port has been appointed Chair of the newly formed Methodist Heritage Committee. The Committee will work to better involve the Church's heritage in its engagement with contemporary society. By telli...

     
  • An Asian Worship Service for World AIDS Day has been commended for use in churches across Britain. The background to the liturgy endorsed by the Christian Conference of Asia highlights the fact that someone dies of an AIDS-related illness e...

     
  • • First role of its kind in any mainstream UK Church Sarah Malik has been elected Methodist Youth President at this year's Methodist Youth Conference. From January until September 2009 Sarah will work full time to serve as an advocate and s...

     
  • As many of us rack our brains for the perfect gift for that difficult relative, the Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) is encouraging people to do something life-changing this Christmas. It has launched an all-new range of gifts: ord...

     
  • The Methodist Church in Britain has urged for Gaza border crossings to be kept open so that emergency food aid can reach people in need. The current crisis developed after Israeli troops entered Gaza to destroy a tunnel, killing a Hamas gun...

     
  • The British Methodist Church has welcomed calls from MPs to set minimum prices on alcoholic drinks. Today's report from the Home Affairs Select Committee 'Policing in the 21st Century' highlights the serious problems of alcohol-related crim...

     
  • Young people are on the verge of becoming empowered by ground-breaking changes that will be the talk of this year's Methodist Youth Conference. Around 150 16 to 23-year-olds will celebrate the launch of the £4 million Youth Participation St...

     
  • The Methodist Church has responded to the Government's announcements to allow National Health Service patients to buy extra medical treatment not available on the NHS with a call for clarity and a wider debate about the principles and values of...

     
  • The Methodist Church is encouraging services for Remembrance Sunday to reflect on the call to be peacemakers. 2008 marks 90 years since the end of the First World War - the war to end all wars. It is a fitting tribute to those who have die...

     
  • The Methodist Church in Britain is warning that the humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe is likely to worsen over the coming months. Reports from Zimbabwe indicate that famine is set to grip the African country that has been ravaged by six poor ...

     
  • The Methodist Church has welcomed the Government's decision to make education in schools about sex and relationships compulsory for children of all ages. MP Jim Knight, Minister for Schools, was met with loud applause from delegates when he...

     
  • The Methodist Church has welcomed yesterday's Gambling Commission report and its recommendations. The report underlines the responsibility of the gambling industry to provide enough money to help people who are harmed by gambling. David Bra...

     
  • · Dawkins thanked for encouraging a 'continued interest in God' The British Methodist Church has welcomed news that Professor Richard Dawkins is to fund an advertising campaign on London buses despite its slogan 'There is probably no God. N...

     
  • · Concern that authorities are failing to prevent violence and unwilling to protect Christians. People killed for their faith in Orissa and victims still suffering at the hands of religious extremists were remembered in prayer at the Synod ...

     
  • The Methodist Church in Britain has launched a new web resource offering information and guidance about how different Christian denominations work together to serve their communities. The web pages offer a variety of information, from a bas...

     
  • The Methodist Council met on 13-14 October at High Leigh Conference Centre in Hertfordshire. This is the first of three meetings planned for the current Church year. Issues discussed included the impact of current financial turmoil on the C...

     
  • Action has been taken to help people displaced by fighting in Sri Lanka in the form of £20,000 Fund for World Mission grant. Nearly 200,000 residents in the Wanni region in the north of the country have been trapped by heavy shelling and ae...

     
  • Action must not be overshadowed by fear of turmoil on financial markets The Methodist Church in Britain has responded to the report of the Committee on Climate Change by calling for concrete action and a commitment to long-term change. Th...

     
  • The work of Baptists, Methodists and members of the United Reformed Church in the field of social justice has been given fresh impetus, with new work priorities and the appointment of a new leader for the Joint Public Issues Team. Rachel La...

     
  • The World Mission Group has responded to the devastation caused by a torrent of hurricanes in the Caribbean with a £26,000 grant. Church leaders in the Turks and Caicos, Haiti, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Domi...

     
  • As the ban on aid agencies operating in Zimbabwe is lifted, the Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) is supporting an appeal by ACT International that will deliver food and agricultural support to some of the country's most vulnerable ...

     
  • The Methodist Church is calling for urgent prayer for thousands of persecuted Christians in India as violence flares across the state of Orissa. The British Methodist Church offered its support to The Church of North India (CNI) this week a...

     
  • UK poverty, the Millennium Development Goals and community action top the agenda The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference will be attending the three main party political conferences this autumn. President Revd Steph...

     
  • The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church are calling for churches and governments to mark the International Day of Peace (21 September) by praying and working for peace in the Indian State of Oriss...

     
  • * Zanu-PF have reached a 'point of weakness' The Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church have welcomed news of the power-sharing deal reached between the Zanu-PF and MDC political parties in Zimbabwe. But they have also expressed con...

     
  • The Equally different? Campaign is designed to support churches and Christian communities as they seek to be more open and inclusive. It flows from the Church's first major report on equality and diversity issues, presented to the Methodist Co...

     
  • 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...

     
  • The Methodist Conference met from 5-10 July in Scarborough. Revd Stephen Poxon was inducted at President of the Conference, and Mr. David Walton as Vice President. Conference also ordained 55 new Methodist ministers (50 Presbyters and five Dea...

     
  • 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 o...

     
  • The Revd David Gamble has been elected President Designate of the Methodist Conference for 2009-2010, and Dr Richard Vautrey has been elected Vice President Designate. David is currently Coordinating Secretary for Legal and Constitutional P...

     
  • The Methodist Conference has agreed to invest more than £4 million in a major initiative to develop and enhance the participation of young people in the life of the Church. The Church's Youth Participation Strategy is a five-year initiative...

     
  • 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...

     
  • 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. T...

     
  • 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 cong...

     
  • 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 tha...

     
  • The new President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Stephen Poxon, has called on the Church to celebrate God's grace and transform the world. Speaking on the opening day of the 2008 Methodist Conference in Scarborough, Stephen invited the C...

     
  • At talks in Dublin over the last two weeks, governments have drafted the text for a treaty to ban the use of cluster bombs. This week the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown has committed the UK to withdrawing the remaining two cluster munitions from ...

     
  • As the death toll from the Burma cyclone continues to rise, the Methodist Church and the Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) have launched an emergency appeal for funds. Michael King, World Church Team Leader, says; 'The cyclone has ...

     
  • A new feature on the Methodist website allows Methodists all over the country to share news and events with other people. This feature enables anyone to post news regarding their local church or circuit and publicise upcoming activities in loca...

     
  • The Methodist and United Reformed Churches have together voiced their concern about increasing levels of violence and political intimidation, linked to the delay in announcing the result of Zimbabwe's presidential election. Commenting on th...

     
  • In the face of growing political instability and desperate food shortages in Zimbabwe, The Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) is supporting an appeal through ACT International (Action by Churches Together) that will distribute emergen...

     
  • Three Christian denominations are urging voters to take a stand against racist and extreme political parties as election day for local councils in England and Wales draws near. 1 May 2008 is election day for many local councils as well as fo...

     
  • The Methodist Council met on 15-16 April at High Leigh Conference Centre in Hertfordshire. As this was the Council's last meeting before the Methodist Conference in July, it had a busy agenda. It is a number of years since the Methodist Con...

     
  • The Church of England and the Methodist Church are publishing a special resource this week designed to help churches support people who have suffered from the trauma of abuse, wherever this has occurred. The resource provides a selection of...

     
  • Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, President of the Methodist Conference, says; "Donald English used to say that death and resurrection is not simply what happened to Jesus but is the deep movement God implants in all creation. The Christian God is a G...

     
  • Anthea Cox, Methodist Co-ordinating Secretary for Public Life and Social Justice: "The war in Iraq has been far more costly in terms of lives lost than anyone could have imagined. We are acutely aware of the appalling death toll of Iraqi civili...

     
  • Thousands of young people will gather in July to go 'beyond' with long-running event Breakout. Organised by MAYC, Breakout will run from 11-13 July at Cliff College in the Derbyshire Peak District. Breakout is for all young people in year s...

     
  • The Methodist Church welcomes today's Government announcement that they will not grant a supercasino licence. Proposals for supercasinos, also known as regional casinos, have been strongly opposed by The Methodist Church. Alison Jackson, Te...

     
  • The Methodist Church in Great Britain is sending a solidarity grant of £30,000 to Methodist Churches in Southern Africa to provide support for flood victims. Flooding of the River Zambezi has destroyed homes, submerged crops and left thousan...

     
  • The Methodist Council met at High Leigh Conference Centre on 6-7 February. Although the Council had a full agenda, it had fewer papers to consider compared with recent meetings, and so had more time to spend on each. A major piece of work c...

     
  • The Methodist Church and Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) have confirmed the initial amounts of financial aid they are sending to Kenya to support those suffering as a result of the ongoing conflict. MRDF is sending £6,300 direc...

     
  • Winter can be the dreariest time of year, so The Methodist Church has launched Joy In Your Pocket, the third in the popular series of easy to read booklets. The booklet draws together writings old and new, all on the topics of joy and happiness...

     
  • The Methodist Church is encouraging people to buy less and live more this Lent, with their new alternative Buy Less: Live More credit card. The card cannot be used to make purchases, but is designed to be placed in a wallet in front of othe...

     
  • The Church's interest in education is not just a matter of faith schools and colleges. For many Christians, their engagement with the world of education can best be explained in terms of a sense of vocation in which teachers, administrators and...

     
  • Anthea Cox, Coordinating Secretary for Public Life and Social Justice says "The violent turmoil in Kenya following the disputed election results has come as a shock. As one of Africa's most stable democracies and most developed nations, Kenya's...

     
  • Anthea Cox, Coordinating Secretary for Public Life and Social Justice: "Christmas and New Year are a time when many people want to celebrate, and the majority drink sensibly. But the last two weeks have shown that we have a significant problem ...

     
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