07 September 2012

Methodist Church celebrates inclusiveness on Racial Justice Sunday

The Methodist Church will share stories on being and becoming a Church for all people when it celebrates Racial Justice Sunday on September 9. 

Over the past two years, the Church has focused on implementing a project called Belonging Together - a vision for unity in ethnic diversity within the Methodist Church. The project has involved engaging with a range of people and groups within and connected to the Church across Methodist districts, training institutions and the Connexional Team. 

As the project enters its final year, the Revd Katei Kirby, the Belonging Together partnership officer, said: "Historically, the Methodist Church in Britain has demonstrated its commitment to those people who wider society may have excluded or marginalised. Through Belonging Together, the Church is seeking to establish better ways to affirm, bring together and celebrate people of all backgrounds in its activities and opportunities."

The Belonging Together project is bringing the Methodist Church closer to social and theological inclusiveness. As part of its research, the Church is recording the experiences of people from different ethnic backgrounds coming forward for leadership, improving the induction and training support of overseas ministers joining the Methodist Church in Britain and mapping the diversity of Church membership.

The theme for this year's Racial Justice Sunday is "being an inclusive Church." Churches Together in Britain and Ireland has produced a free resource pack to help churches progress in their journey towards becoming fully inclusive congregations. 

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