21 August 2009

How diverse is your Church?

The Methodist Church will take a snapshot of its richness and diversity through the launch of a web-based survey next month.

From September 1 Methodists across the country will be given the chance to feed back on equality and diversity in their church in order to gain a better insight into the kinds of Christian communities Methodists belong to.

Margaret Sawyer, Equalities and Diversity Officer, said: "This is a whole new area of work that is really exciting. It is really important at this early stage to map out what the Methodist Church looks like.

"In the future there will be further consultations to gain more insight into equalities and diversity, but for now we are really keen to hear from as many people as possible so that we can find out what the Church looks like."

The consultation, which was requested by the Methodist Council in April, will contribute to the Equality and Diversity report that will come before the Methodist Conference next year. The survey will help to shape a Methodist Church equalities and diversity policy and theological statement on inclusivity.

The Church is particularly concerned with justice issues relating to race, gender, disabilities, homophobia, ageism and class. If you would like to take part, email Margaret Sawyer: SawyerM@methodistchurch.org.uk stating whether you would like a hard copy of the survey posted out to you or alternatively you can complete the form online here: www.methodist.org.uk/index.cfm?fuseaction=opentoworld.content&cmid=2758.

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