At the Methodist Conference
Greetings from London where this year’s Methodist Conference is being held – right at the heart of current media focus and political activity in Westminster. Not that the Conference has made the front pages (yet). It is good to be here, meeting old and new friends, hearing from around the Connexion, engaging with discussions on the nature and future of our church.
On Saturday Roger Walton and Rachel Lampard were inducted as the new President and Vice-President (you can read more about them here). The theme they have chosen for the year is “Holiness and Justice” – two powerful words to hold in mind throughout the debates on the budget, or on human relationships, or on church decline… We have had some stirring addresses from both new leaders; Roger’s Sunday sermon was on the text from Micah, “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God” and we were given wristbands bearing those words.
One happy outcome of this happened later in the day; travelling back to our lodgings on the tube, we saw others wearing the same wristbands and a friendly conversation ensued. My hope is that these words, encircling our wrists, will also encircle all the business of Conference and extend to the whole of our lives.