As Christians, we are called to act justly, and to work for God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. The Methodist Church has a long history of living out our calling to justice and peace, by speaking up in the public square. 

From the Wesleys' work on prison reform and the abolition of the slave trade to a Methodist presence in campaigns such as Make Poverty History, the Fairtrade movement and Jubilee 2000, taking a stand is part of our Methodist heritage. Today, Methodist churches around the connexion reflect this in Our Calling, to be ‘a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice’.

As churches host debt centres, food banks, supper clubs and mutual aid groups, they continue to question why such help is needed. Not only do we want to see poverty and inequality alleviated, but we also want to change the structures and systems which bring it about in the first place.