Methodists to ask whether people have faith in politics anymore

By staff writers
June 19, 2013

Politicians and Methodists will debate the question, 'Do we have faith in the future of politics?' during this year's annual Methodist Conference in London.

Dr Stella Creasey MP (Labour), Sarah Teather MP (Liberal Democrat) and John Glen (Conservative) will on the panel for this year's Beckley Lecture hosted in the House of Commons (Committee Room 10) at 8 pm on 8 July 2013.

No Green Party representative is mentioned as being included, despite the close affinity of many of that party's policies on development, environment, economy and peace with recent stands by churches of different denominations.

The British Methodist Conference is being held at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, London from 4 - 11 July.

The gathering is the governing body of the Methodist Church and meets annually to discuss matters affecting the life of the Church, the nation and the world.

Spaces for the Beckley Lecture are limited, the Methodist Church advises. Members of the press and public wishing to attend will need to book a ticket in advance via the website, and bring a copy of the confirmation page with them on the night.

The Conference is a gathering of 306 representatives drawn from each Methodist district, along with some who have been elected by the Conference, together with some ex officio members, and international, ecumenical and youth representatives.

Justin Welby, the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, will also give a talk on the topic 'Resourcing a Search for the Common Good'. After his presentation, he will take questions from members of the Conference.


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