The Rev Dr Barbara Glasson (pictured left) challenged all Methodists to make peace a verb, as she was welcomed as the new President of the Methodist Peace Fellowship at their Fellowship Gathering held (via zoom) on Saturday 8th May 2021. She took over the role from Rev Dr Inderjit Bhogal who stands down after ten years.
Dr Glasson gave a challenging and wide ranging address, based on Colossians 3v15 (15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful). She explored how different elements of the text compel us all to be active for peace.
In her address to the Fellowship she said ” Peace is not a thing, but a way of being, maybe we can understand it best as a verb – a doing word.
Peace is a vocation for all those who want to follow Christ – belonging to the Methodist Peace Fellowship gives an opportunity to be part of a community with others in wise, proactive and supportive ways.”.
The Fellowship Gathering also heard from Mollie Pugmire, Methodist Church Climate Campaign worker who highlighted the ‘Climate Justice 4 All’ campaign being run around the globe. She stressed opportunities for Methodists of all ages to engage in work on climate changed and highlighted the core tenants of the campaign.
She said “We are rooted in faith, working for justice and reminded by Wesley that our work is for all people, everywhere”
The meeting also gave thanks to Revd David Rice who stood down as chair and Bea Foster who retired as secretary. Revd Christopher Collins (pictured left) was elected as Chair.
The meeting attracted participation from around the country and shared in worship, elections and conversation. It was the first time that the meeting had been held online and the Fellowship was encouraged by the active participation of all who logged in.