The Methodist Conference is concerned by an apparent upsurge in racism as a result of the EU Referendum campaign.  Conference has passed a resolution to be read out at churches, with the further option that people can use the text of the resolution in a message to their local Member of Parliament.

The Conference also encouraged Methodist people to join the campaign to wear an empty safety pin as a badge symbolising solidarity against racism.  See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36661097 for details.

enough welfare reform

Major UK Churches (including the Methodist Church) are warning that the government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill marks a dangerous shift away from a core principle of the Welfare State and will make poor people even poorer.

A YouGov survey commissioned by the Churches has also revealed that 61% of UK adults believe that welfare benefits should be set at a level that allows families with children to cover their basic costs.

In contrast, only 25% of those polled said they thought that benefits should be set deliberately low to encourage families to find work or get more work.

 methodist legend and orb CMCU logo 

The Methodist Church in Britain has joined with other major British churches, including the Church of England and the Church of Scotland, to form a credit union, operating on mutual principles.

The Churches Mutual Credit Union (CMCU) offer a range of savings and loan products.  Fairness is at the heart of the CMCU's values.

Members are able to invest in the 'Founder Member's Bond' and take out ordinary savings accounts and loans.  In due course CMCU will offer ISA savings accounts.

good samaritan[clave 1838]From 'The Good Samaritan',
by Pelegrí Clavé i Roqué, 1838

The House of Bishops of the Church of England have called for a church which seeks the good of all the people of the country, looking for a new direction that Christians believe our political life ought to take.

They deprecate the a growing appetite to exploit grievances, find scapegoats and create barriers between people and nations.

They feel that the political issues that are expressed call for a fresh moral vision of the kind of country we want to be.

They state that Christians should support policies which respect the natural environment, enhance human dignity and honour the image of God in our neighbour. 

Feeding Britain parliamentary report

The report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the United Kingdom: A strategy for zero hunger.

"In 1942, the new Archbishop of Canterbury published a book called 'Christianity and Social Order'. It is a remarkable work that was instrumental in the creation of the welfare state in this country.

"It is time for another such work to ask fundamental questions in the light of the new context and a very different world." [Bishop of Truro, co-chair of the all-party group]

The report makes 77 recommendations across a wide range of areas, from food banks to the school curriculum.

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