The Bible says more about money than about almost any other ethical issue. In a world where critics of capitalism are described as "unrealistic", Christians can point to a greater reality than the dominant values of our own time and culture. We can recognise that capitalism depends on faith in the idols of money and markets.
For John Wesley and the Methodist Church he founded, it is inconceivable to follow Christ and not have the welfare of the poor and the vulnerable close to your heart, says Alison Tomlin. That is why the Church says that the government's spending cuts should be judged by their impact on the most vulnerable.
Methodists in Britain and Ireland are urging a day of prayer and fasting on 25 February in solidarity with Methodists in Fiji. The military regime in Fiji has banned the Methodist Church's meetings and arrested its leaders.
Appeals for Haiti launched by the Methodist Church and the Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MDRF) have raised more than £270,000. They are channelling funds through Action by Churches Together International on the spot.
An Indian church leader has criticised the chief minister of India's southern Karnataka state for saying that those responsible for a continuing series of attacks on churches should have their hands cut off.
Nine Methodist Church leaders appeared in court in Fiji yesterday, pleading not guilty to charges of breaching Public Emergency Regulations. They have been released on bail but are forbidden to preach, speak in public or meet with each other.