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The Council on Social Responsibility of the Methodist Church in Ireland is deeply saddened by the ongoing failure of the European Union in regard to those desperately in need of rescue in the Mediterranean Sea. This failure was exemplified last week by the European Parliament being unable to process a resolution, with all the appropriate safeguards, that would support the non-criminalisation of those involved in search and rescue operations.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is asking members of the public to be wary following the reports of two scams in recent weeks in Counties Antrim and Armagh.

A County Antrim man, aged in his fifties, has been a victim of fraud totalling some £60,000.  The telephone scam, which took place on Wednesday 23rd October, involved a number of calls to the victim’s landline and the combined, unscrupulous efforts of three males.

 
The Rev.Sam McGuffin, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland has issued the following Statement in the light of yesterday's events at the Stormont Assembly:
 

The leaders of Ireland’s main churches met the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Rt Hon Julian Smith MP, in Armagh yesterday evening to express their concerns regarding the continued Stormont impasse and its effect on civic society and the most vulnerable in particular. This morning (10 October) they issued the following joint statement.

 

The Council on Social Responsibility of the Methodist Church in Ireland continues to be immensely concerned about the nature of Brexit and the deep anxieties engendered, particularly by the nature of the debate currently. 

 

The Methodist Church in Ireland is committed to being part of God’s Mission in the world, we are a people who seek to have warm hearts, tough hands and wet feet. The ‘All-In’ Conference in 2018 was a wonderful time of teaching, worship  and  fellowship as we thought together about how this commitment to mission and witness can be lived out locally. Under God we want to keep going, being faithful to God who leads us on this Adventure.   

The Rev. Dr. David Clements, Chair of the Council on Social Responsibility, of the Methodist Church in Ireland has issued the following Statement on hearing of the death of Sir Anthony Hart:

On hearing the result of the voting in Parliament, the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev. Sam McGuffin and the the Chair of the Church's Council on Social Responsibility, the Rev. Dr.David Clements have issued the following Statement

On Sunday 14th July, the Rev Sam McGuffin, as President, will represent the Methodist Church in Ireland
at the Annual National Day of Commemoration.

The ceremony, which will be attended by the President of Ireland H.E. Michael D Higgins and an Taoiseach
Mr. Leo Varadkar TD, is to commemorate all Irish people who died in past wars or U.N. Peacekeeping Missions.

The Rev. McGuffin will be joined in the Inter-Faith service by senior representatives from the other main Christian
denominations as well as representatives from the Jewish and Islamic faiths.

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