19 June 2013

Fringe highlights: MPs debate the future of politics; Doreen Lawrence discusses reconciliation

  • Challenges and Choices: "Do we have faith in the future of politics?" 

Politicians and Methodists will debate the question, "Do we have faith in the future of politics?" during this year's annual Methodist Conference in London.

Dr Stella Creasy MP (Labour), Sarah Teather MP (Lib Dem) and John Glen (Conservative) will on the panel for this year's Beckly Lecture hosted in the House of Commons (Committee Room 10) at 8pm on 8 July.

The Methodist Conference is being held at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, London from 4 - 11 July. The Conference is the governing body of the Methodist Church and meets annually to discuss matters affecting the life of the Church, the nation and the world.

Spaces for the Beckly Lecture are limited. Members of the press and public wishing to attend will need to book a ticket in advance via the website becklylecture2013.eventbrite.co.uk, and bring a copy of the confirmation page with them on the night.

Other fringe event highlights during the Conference include:

  • Kairos: The Time is Now - Still Life: Tales from the West Bankpresented by two former Ecumenical Accompaniers - Karen Chalk and Penny Stone.
    Venue: Methodist Central Hall. Date: 8pm on 8 July. Contact: w.bardsley39@btinternet.com for more information.
  • Methodist Peace Fellowship: Making Peace on Our Doorstep. Mrs Doreen Lawrence, mother of Stephen Lawrence,will talk about the reconciliation work being done particularly for young people through her charitable trust. The meeting will be chaired by MPF President, the Revd Inderjit Bhogal.
    Venue: Hinde Street Methodist Church, 19 Thayer Street W1U 2QJ. Date: 7.30pm on 08 July. See www.mpf.org.uk for further information
  • Heaven Touching Earth - the Church and Racial Inclusion. The Revd Michael Jagessar from the URC and the Revd Arlington Trotman from the Methodist Church will speak on themes raised in Revelation 7:9.
    The talk will be followed by questions and discussion chaired by the Revd Elaine Joseph, Superintendent Minister of the Wembley Circuit.
    Venue: Robert Perks Room, Methodist Central Hall. Date: 7.30pm on 10 July. For further information contact the Revd Olufemi Cole-Njie on 07961642928.  

The Conference is a gathering of 306 representatives drawn from each Methodist district, along with some who have been elected by the Conference, together with some ex officio members, and international, ecumenical and youth representatives. 

The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will talk on the topic, Resourcing a Search for the Common Good. After his talk, he will take questions from members of the Conference. See here for further details.



  1. For more information on the Conference Fringe events, click on any one of the dates listed across the top of the programme page on the Methodist Conference website and scroll down to the bottom of the page for the time and venue of the Fringe event for that day.
  2. Members of the media wishing to attend the Conference should contact Karen Burke either on 0207 467 5208 or burkek@methodistchurch.org.uk 
  3. The Conference blog provides an informal look at the Conference, fringe events and the people behind it. 

Follow the Conference conversation on Twitter via the #methconf hastag. Please note that comments and opinions on Twitter and the blog do not necessarily represent the Methodist Church's position. 

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