Methodism is in for a great year. This news story from the Methodist Church is a must read. I mean it, go and read: Methodist Vice-President speaks of God's transforming love: The Methodist Church of Great Britain | 26 June 2010.
I have met Eunice through Methodist Council (the designate President and Vice-President are both on Council), in the address you have just read is the authentic voice of our Vice-President. That is cause for great celebration cos she is going to love us and push us and encourage us and inspire us to be the Church that God has called us to be and tell the world all about it:
Tonight I want to remind you all here of a very simple message, aware that there is nothing new about this wisdom; the message is old and it is ancient; it has been there from the very beginning. God loves you, he thinks you’re absolutely amazing. The awesome God who created and sustains this universe thinks you’re fantastic. God loves you.
If the Church is to be a sign of God’s kingdom, it must participate in the world that God loves. For the Church does not have the monopoly on God. God is already at work in people’s lives, in the world he created and sustains. In being sent into the world we get to join in with what God is doing. In the doing and engaging we meet God.
I want to be part of a church that throws parties for prostitutes – a church that welcomes those who seek asylum, a church that longs and yearns for justice, a church that listens to those no-one else wants to listen to.
Great isn't it. Inspiring, exciting. Makes me want to sing "Oh I do like to be a Methodist", but out of consideration for the environment I won't
Not only is Eunice a great Vice-President for the person she is but what a great reminder of two wonderful things of Methodism:
- No office or role restricted by gender.
- The Methodist Diaconal Order
Thank you Jesus for our Vice President for 2010/2011!