On Brexit, our Chair of District, Revd. Helen Cameron writes, – "We know that there are many diverse views held even within a single family, and this diversity is reflected across the people we worship with and meet as Christian community. As a result there are high levels of confusion, frustration and anger. Stories are already emerging that some people in our District are experiencing racial abuse as they carry out everyday tasks because they look and sound different to those abusing them.
The indications are that the coming months may be difficult to navigate. No option for the Brexit process is without pitfalls. Hurt, disappointment and anger will affect supporters of at least one side of the debate. The impact on our public life and that of the nations will take months and years to work through.
There are no easy answers as to a best way forward, but we know that among us in our churches there is great wisdom.
Alongside other Church leaders the President and Vice President of the Methodist Conference asked the government about the consequences of leaving the EU without a deal. The government has responded but has not directly addressed the greatest concern that families on low income, those needing personal care and people with long term health conditions will face particular difficulties.
In response to the current situation, we are encouraging you to be active in peace-building and reconciliation"
For the full text of the letter, click here.