Statment on political situation

Home » News » Statment on political situation
parliament-0419

The Revd Dr Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference, has released the following statement regarding the current political situation.

It is right that there is a passionate debate about Brexit, but there is much about the tone of the current debate that is concerning, sometimes it appears that many are committed to win regardless of the cost.

Our nation flourishes when we are able to respect and love one another — even those with whom we might fundamentally disagree. I am disturbed that the current political situation is apparently eroding our ability to be a society that nurtures such respect and love.

Our constitution is being tested. Opinions appear to have become more entrenched and extreme as the scramble to win continues. The recent vitriol and hatred expressed towards MPs across the political spectrum, who seek to serve their constituents with diligence and integrity, is a deeply worrying symptom of the recent discourse.

I pray that we can see past the chaos of the moment and focus on the kind of society in which we wish to live. The yardstick for our actions should not be "Does it help me win today's battle?" rather whether it helps us create the sort of society in which all of us can flourish.

God of bounty and brilliance
When public life is tarnished
When we fail to discern the common good
And when some shine at the expense of others,
Whatever our political allegiance and persuasion
Conform us to your will and your way

Statement on political situation

You may also be interested in

UkraineFlagStylised
: Thu 03 Mar 8:57am

In common with people across the world, people in the Stokesley Circuit are praying for peace in Ukraine. The following prayer was published on the Methodist Website, and many Methodists are using it to help them pray God's peace into the situation:Holy and Gracious GodWe pray for the people of Ukraine and the...

Easby1
: Wed 23 Feb 6:25pm

Easby guild returns! After a long hiatus due to Covid-19, Easby Guild is resuming this Spring — although in a slightly different format.Please join us at 4:00 pm on Thursday 3rd March 2022 for a meeting of fellowship and planning as we move forward following several significant changes since we last met.A hot drink and biscuits will be provided.We very much hope that you can make...

News, blog, white keyboard
: Wed 22 Dec 10:08am

As previously mentioned, there will be an Online Act of Worship on Sunday 26th December. This will be available on the Great Ayton Methodist Church Youtube Channel from 10:30am, and you can watch it at any time after that. You can find the Channel here or just search for "Great Ayton Methodist Church...