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.
Much of our social justice work is done ecumenically, in partnership with other churches in the UK (including the United Reformed Church, Baptist Union of Great Britain and Church of Scotland), as part of the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT). JPIT exists to equip Christians to act and pray on issues of injustice, resource churches to reflect and campaign effectively and help our churches to speak out with a distinctively Christian voice on injustice. We work together around our ‘Six Hopes for Society’:
- A just economy that enables the flourishing of all life
- A world that actively works for peace
- A society that welcomes the stranger
- A society where the poorest and most marginalised are at the centre
- A planet where our environment is renewed
- A politics characterised by listening, kindness and truthfulness
Follow the link above to find out more about the work of JPIT.
There are also some projects that are distinctively Methodist, or which we undertake with other partners. You can find out more about these below.