The Rev Brian Anderson, the newly installed Methodist President, addressing the Methodist Conference at his Installation Service in St.Patrick's Church of Ireland parish church, on Newtownards Road spoke of the need to engage with those who differ from us in matters of human sexuality.
This week is National Volunteer Week and the Belfast Central Mission (BCM) would like to say a massive thank you to all their volunteers for their hard work and dedication.
Volunteers have always played a vital role in the life of BCM: from befriending older people in their own homes or supporting children with autism, to helping with fundraising or organising weekly lunch club for older people. Many of BCM’s services could not take place without crucial input from volunteers.
The Council on Social Responsibility of the Methodist Church in Ireland notes with some concerns the judgement of the Court in the case of Gareth Lee v Ashers Bakery Limited.
The Rev. Dr. David Clements, Chair of the Committee said:
We have sympathy with the owners of Ashers Bakery who seek to order their lives and that of their business, in accord with their Christian faith. If they are now compelled by the law to make products that conflict with their Christian conscience this raises important issues for all of our society.