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Methodist Conference 2019

conference 2019

See below for updates on what happened at our Methodist Conference this year and to hear more from our new President and Vice President:

marriage and relationships conference 2019Methodist Conference commends marriage and relationships report

A new set of principles outlining the qualities of good relationships has been commended by the Methodist Conference for prayerful discussion and response across the Church over the next year.

The report, “God in Love Unites Us”, makes a number of proposals, including:

principles or qualities of good relating
an understanding of cohabitation
to allow same-sex couples to marry in Methodist churches
providing resources and liturgies to celebrate civil partnerships
prayers for when marriages end in divorce

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climate emergencyMethodist Church recognises a climate emergency:

Faced with a climate emergency the Methodist Conference has called on the UK to achieve net zero emissions well before 2050.

This follows recent initiatives including participation in the #TheTimeIsNow Climate Coalition lobby of MPs in London last month as well as engagement with investor bodies on reducing humanity’s global carbon footprint.

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New President of the Conference calls for confidence in telling the story of God to a fractured world:

president of conference 2019In an address on Saturday to the Conference outlining the theme for her Presidential year,  ‘So what’s the story…?’, the Revd Dr Barbara Glasson used stories from her own life and ministry to reveal how we can find a “fragile strength”  and from being present in difficult places we can, “surprise ourselves once again with the way of Jesus”.

She said: “We are called to tell stories, to listen to stories and to wrestle with stories, to search for truth not fake news, to challenge the malicious stories we tell about each other and to go on believing that as people of creation, exodus, crucifixion, wilderness wandering and even in exile we can still claim the hope of resurrection and the gracious promise of life in all its fullness.”

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vice president of conference 2019Pleasure, piety and politics – the new Vice-President sets out his framework for a Christian life:

At the beginning of his year in office as Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, Professor Clive Marsh, set out how life-experience can be contained in the relationship between pleasure, piety and politics. In addition, this framework can be used to commend the Christian faith to others.

Professor Marsh is Head of the University of Leicester’s Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning and an International Research Consultant at the Queen’s Foundation. He seeks to help people think creatively about how faith, life and popular culture interweave, and what happens to theology as a result.

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new pres and vp conference 2020New President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference elected for 2020/21:

The Methodist Conference has elected the Revd Richard Teal to serve as President and Carolyn Lawrence to serve as Vice-President, starting their year of office when the Representative Session of the Methodist Conference opens in Telford in June 2020.

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