The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Rev Dr Heather Morris, and members of the Church's Council on Social Responsibility have met all five main political parties recently. From those meetings the Council on Social Responsibility strongly believes that all parties:
are genuine in their determination to achieve agreement on the three contentious issues
are of the opinion that there is a small window of opportunity between now and the start of the marching season in July for further discussions
At the quarterly meeting of the Irish Inter–Church Committee on 29th May 2014, the following statement was agreed:
“We regret that many people in Northern Ireland have been deeply hurt by the content and tone of Pastor McConnell’s comments in his recent sermon and we welcome the First Minister’s clarification of his own position.
We reaffirm our commitment to embracing diversity, promoting religious freedom and building inclusive communities. We also express our solidarity with all those throughout the world who are persecuted for their beliefs.
The Methodist Church in Ireland’s World Development and Relief Committee (WDRC) contributes to projects throughout the world. One of the projects which WDRC supported in 2013/14 is the Orthopaedic Unit in Wenchi Methodist Hospital in Ghana.
In 2013/14 the WDRC provided financial support to the Wenchi Methodist Hospital to help them to equip their orthopaedic ward and physiotherapy unit. The new facilities assisted the hospital to treat the increasing number of people injured in road accidents.
The Methodist Newsletter, in partnership with Edgehill Christian Writers’ Group, is delighted to invite entries for their short story competition. They are also very proud that Dr Sheena Wilkinson, Writer in Residence at the Church of Ireland College of Education in Dublin, has agreed to act as the judge in chief.
The theme for the competition is Christmas – a story that captures the true meaning and spirit of Christmas. The closing date for entry is Monday 30 June 2014.
This year Belfast Central Mission (BCM) celebrates its 125th Anniversary. Wesley Weir, BCM's archivist has written "Through Changing Scenes", the story of the first 125 years of BCM from 1889-2014.
The book charts the vast and varied history of Belfast Central Mission from its beginnings in 1889, through both World Wars, socialism, the Troubles and right up to the present day with the developments being actioned by BCM at this very moment such as Copelands Dementia & Nursing Care.
On Saturday 10 May an historic Bill to provide for interchangeability of ministry between the Church of Ireland and the Methodist Church in Ireland was passed by The General Synod of the Church of Ireland.
Following the vote, both the Archbishop of Armagh and the Methodist President spoke of the historic nature of the moment and the Synod gave a standing ovation.
The Church of Ireland and the Irish Methodist Church have set up a new web site called The Covenant Council at http://www.covenantcouncil.com/ to provide information about work towards greater unity between the two churches.
The amount of money raised by Belfast Central Mission (BCM) for their Copelands dementia project in Millisle is now at £365,665.02 . This bringthe Mission another step closer to making Copelands a reality.