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Proposal to recognise Enoch Powell in Wolverhampton through a Blue Plaque:

A View from the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District of The Methodist Church The new series of ITV’s popular police drama Endeavour is set in 1968; the same year that Enoch Powell, then Conservative MP for Wolverhampton, made his “Rivers of Blood” speech.  In a recent episode featuring arson attacks upon Kenyan Asian…

Rachel urges others to join her in Mosque visits

The Chair of District is encouraging people to join her when she visits two local mosques as part of Visit My Mosque Day 2017. Thousands of Britons are expected to visit one of more than 150 mosques taking part in the third annual event of its kind on Sunday 7…

The Revd Christopher (Chris) Hardy

Rev’d Chris Hardy, a Methodist Minister who began work in the Shropshire and Marches Circuit last September, has died suddenly and unexpectedly at home. Whilst he had only been in post for a short period, Chris has already made many good relationships with local people.  He worked with Methodist congregations…

Ministers Don’t Move A Muscle About Benefit Sanctions

Ministers gathered at Presbyteral Synod didn’t move a muscle yesterday to challenge the regime of sanctions applied to those receiving benefit payments.  Synod was addressed by Paul Morrison of the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) which represents the Methodist Church on issues of social justice.  Santions involve benefit payments being…

New Site for the Chair’s Blog

Now that Rachel is in post she will be making more use of Facebook as a means for communicating with people and sharing her travels and thoughts. You can follow her travels by heading across to the Facebook Page and liking it.

Methodist Conference 2016

This week I have been at Methodist Conference meeting at Methodist Central Hall Westminster, it’s been an excellent but long week. Above is a picture from the closing act of worship and below is a picture of some of the District representatives.

Fishley Rock

Each year the Walsall Methodist Circuit organise a service at Fishley Rock in Pelsall where it is suggested that John Wesley preached from. This year it was my chance to preach from that spot.

District Pilgrimage

This years District Pilgrimage to the Holy Land has started, pictures will appear here as they come in. The Church of the Annunciation Revd Ivor Sperring eating Ice Cream.                                          …

Neuroscience: Body, mind and free will

So far this week I have been at St John’s University in Durham on a three day conference looking at Neuroscience: Body, mind and free will. An excellent few days linking science and religion.

Fair Trade Fortnight

As part of Fair Trade Fortnight I attended a Mayoral Reception at the Mayor’s Parlour in Wolverhampton held in partnership with Wolverhampton City Fairtrade Partnership, it was a wonderful morning and great to see schools getting involved in the fair trade initiative.