The Marriage and Relationships Consultation
At the 2019 Methodist Conference, the Marriage and Relationships Task Group presented a report with recommendations on various issues surrounding relationships in general and marriage in particular. As a result of these recommendations, the 2019 - 2020 connexional year represents an opportunity for the Methodist Church, and its people, to reflect and prayerfully consider the recommendations with a view to a final decision being made at the 2020 Methodist Conference.
To facilitate these discussions and considerations, the Methodist Church in Britain has produced a range of resources for your perusal. Please find these below. You can also view the message from Rev Dr Jonathan Hustler and Frequently Asked Questions, on the Marriage and Relationships 2019 section of the Methodist Church in Britain website.
The 2019 Marriage and Relationships Report
Large print version available here.
Film - The work of the Marriage and Relationships Task Group
The Methodist Church has not fully reflected on the theology of marriage and relationships since 1992 although work has been carried out by several Task Groups since then.
The Marriage and Relationships Task Group set up in 2014 identified the need for an update and to revisit the ‘definition’ of marriage and the current Task Group (set up in 2016) have been looking at this.
The 2018 Conference directed that, instead of a statement, the Task Group should bring a report on these matters which could include any proposed changes to Standing Orders, were the definition of marriage to change.
Worship resources have been published by Singing the Faith and are designed to be used in worship or opening and closing devotions when the theme of 'God in Love Unites Us' is being discussed.
The resources can be accessed in accordance with the content of the Report and the structure of the Guide.
District Conversation Days
As a District, we are aware that there will be many diverse views on the subject of Marriage and Relationships and the particular resolutions that were passed at the Methodist Conference earlier this year.
These three District Conversation Days offer a way of ensuring that all voices are heard and will take place across London in October and November for those who would like to engage in the discussion, within the wider context of the District.
All three dates, along with time and locations are below. Please register your attendance at Eventbrite.