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Don’t use asylum seekers as a ‘political football’, warn church leaders

Senior leaders from the Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Churches have joined Anglican and Catholic Bishops to express their gratitude for those who work alongside refugees and asylum seekers, in the face of rising hostility and unjust malignment of this … Continue reading

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Churches express outrage at the Rwanda Bill

An open letter, signed by over 250 organisations from across civil society in the UK, including the Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Churches and the Church of Scotland, has been sent to the Prime Minister following the passing of the … Continue reading

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Is it “mental health culture” or hunger that has gone too far?

“Mental health culture has gone too far, says Mel Stride” said a  headline in the Daily Telegraph two weeks ago. In the article below it the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions outlined his view that a significant factor … Continue reading

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Sharpest increase in UK poverty for 30 years

The new government statistics on UK poverty make for horrendous reading. The median UK household got poorer by 1.5% after housing costs. However, behind that average hides a story of those with the most getting more, and those with the … Continue reading

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Myanmar: Remembering a Forgotten Conflict

Our churches recently issued prayers for Myanmar to mark three years since the 2021 Myanmar coup. For the people of Myanmar, this marks three years of living under repressive military rule. Three years of civil war. Three years of civilians … Continue reading

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£10,000 National Archives grant for the Methodist Church

13 March 2024 The Archives and Record Advisory Group (ARAG), a subgroup of the Methodist Heritage Committee, will receive a £10,000 Resilience Grant from The National Archives for its project ‘Ministry of Memory.’ From Shetland to Jersey, thousands of Methodist … Continue reading

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A response to violence in Haiti

13 March 2024 The following prayer has been written to support to the people of Haiti and the Methodist Church there where on-going violence continues to affect the country.   Almighty God, We weep with our Haitian brothers and sisters as they continue to … Continue reading

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Statement on Antisemitism and Islamophobia

12 March 2024 A statement from the President and Vice President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Gill Newton and Kerry Scarlett We are deeply saddened and concerned about the increase in antisemitism and Islamophobia in the United Kingdom. Such incidents, … Continue reading

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The Budget: a masterclass in ignoring poverty

The headline measure in the Budget was a 2p cut in National Insurance. This gives the bottom fifth of earners around £350m a year, however the top fifth of earners will receive over 10 times more – more than £4Bn. … Continue reading

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Response to the budget

Leaders from across the Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Churches have responded to the Chancellor’s announcements made in the Budget on 6 March. They have highlighted the lack of acknowledgement of people struggling against poverty in our communities, and the … Continue reading

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