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The Methodist Peace Fellowship is GATHERING!

After a year of not being able to meet in the way we would like, MPF have organised a Gathering for members and friends on Saturday, May 8th 2021, from 10.00 a.m. We had hoped in would be face to face but it will be by zoom (Register with john@for.org.uk to be able to join us).

We have two major presentations:

The Rev’d Barbara Glasson, a former President of the Conference, will be welcomed as the new President of the Peace Fellowship and will share some of her own insights and experiences of peace and peace-making.

Molly Pugmire, recently appointed as a campaign worker by the Methodist Church to alert Churches to the issues and possibilities raised by the COP26 climate crisis conference in Glasgow in November. Molly will introduce us to her work and offer ways in which churches can engage with the conference and the issues it will raise.

There will be opportunity for questions and conversation after each presentation.

The Gathering will conclude with a “compressed” MPF AGM for 2021.

We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones!

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SECRETARY

Immediate vacancy for a Secretary to the Methodist Peace Fellowship

MPF are looking for a Secretary to the Executive of the Fellowship, responsible for convening its meetings, taking and circulating minutes and dealing with correspondence. The position requires a modest level of computer skills to deal with e-mails, the website and zoom as well as liasing with admin staff at the Fellowship of Reconciliation with which we have a close working relationship. The Secretary works closely with the Chair of MPF, as well as with other members and associates when helping to organise occasional open meetings and gatherings. All positions in MPF are honorary though expenses may be claimed.

The present Secretary, Bea Foster, has indicated that she will step down at the forthcoming AGM, which will take place at the close of the Gathering organised for 8th May. It is hoped to appoint the new Secretary at that meeting. For more information contact David Rice (current Chair)- or Bea Foster (see right panel for contact details)

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For news from the Fellowship of Reconciliation click here

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A DAY OF CELEBRATION

On January 22nd 2021 we joined worldwide celebrations for the entering into force of the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty which states that nuclear weapons, not only are immoral, but also unlawful according to international law.

At noon on that day peacemakers worldwide rang a bell to celebrate this milestone on the road to a nuclear weapon free world.

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MPF is delighted that its President, Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal, has been appointed Honorary President of the Fellowship of Reconciliation England and Scotland for the period 2020-2023 click here for details.

Dr Bhogal presented the 2020 Beckly Lecture, PEACE, PANDEMICS AND PLASTIC BOTTLES – PRIORITISING THE FUTURE? at the 2020 Methodist Conference. Click here to download the text. or here to watch the video on YouTube.

He was awarded the 2018 World Methodist Peace Prize (see also the News item from the United Methodist Church, USA). Inderjit, now a supernumerary minister in the Sheffield circuit, has been a tireless supporter of refugees and has worked to foster interfaith relations and multicultural communities, peace and reconciliation. One of the peace-related movements initiated by Inderjit was City of Sanctuary, a grassroots, movement to build cultures of welcome, hospitality and safety for asylum seekers, refugees and other vulnerable people. Inderjit is president of the Methodist Peace Fellowship. An interview with Inderjit on Radio 4's 'Ramblings' was broadcast in 2020 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000fpbq).

The citation of the Peace Prize describes Inderjit as a “central figure” in inter-faith relations in Britain and Ireland. On hearing news of the award, Inderjit commented: “I am surprised but deeply honoured. My whole life has been inspired by people around the world who have held up the witness to peace-making, challenging war, violence and killing. I am more persuaded than ever that non-violent resolution of conflict is the way forward at all levels and in all human relationships.

The most challenging issue facing human beings is how to live with those who are different from you.”

This follows the award of the 2017 Wilson-Hinkes Peace Prize for his work in initiating the City of Sanctuary movement. That award is shared with Wycombe Refugee Partnership, a multicultural group of concerned people who seek to support refugee families when they are reunited in the UK.

We offer Dr Bhogal our warmest congratulations on these appointments and awards awards.

Dr Bhogal recently preached a 'Sermon for Peace Sunday' at Hinde Street Methodist Church. The full text can be downloaded here.

Talk, Truth and Trust … Rev Harold Good in conversation Brian Rowan - "Discretion and being trusted is at the core of Rev Harold Good’s contributions to the peace process in Northern Ireland as well as the Basque Country and Colombia. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have much to say, and a lot of wisdom from which we can learn." (Read on ......)

The Methodist Peace Fellowship (MPF) is an association of Methodist pacifists within the Fellowship of Reconciliation (England), part of the the International Fellowship of Reconciliation.

For more information, or to join MPF, please contact the Secretary, Bea Foster (Contact details on the final page of the Membership Leaflet, which can be downloaded here).

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* JPIT is supported by the Baptist Union, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and, for a trial one year period, the Church of Scotland.