Marriage & Relationships Discussions
Thursday 21st November 2019
7.30pm at St Andrew's Methodist Church
The second in our series of discussion evenings
We all live with a huge variety of relationships in our world; some closer and some more distant. Within our circles of friends, family and acquaintances, most of us will have at least some experience of conventional two-parent families, single parent families, cohabiting couples, single people, people who have divorced and re-married, same-sex partnerships, and many others.
The Methodist Church in Britain have been on a "Pilgrimage of Faith" over the last 25 years to discover how we can better express our love for God in how we love one another and enable each other to love. Many courageous steps have already been taken. It has not been easy. We do not all agree.
The journey has challenged us to listen and to learn from each other and to move together.
Sometimes, we find it hard to understand why others do not see things as we do. Yet as the Methodist people, we have chosen to journey on together and find ways of living with contradictory convictions.
The questions at the heart of this pilgrimage are fundamentally about how we can live and love appropriately. Looking at these relationships raises questions about the nature of marriage, cohabitation, living in relationships and living with different sexualities.
The 2019 Conference has published a report entitled "God in love unites us" which addresses many of these issues together with resolutions about the nature of marriage within the Methodist Church that will be put before the 2020 Conference for ratification.
To enable a better understanding of the report and the proposed changes to the definition of marriage, a series of three Discussion Evenings will be held on;
- Tuesday 22nd October 2019: 7.30pm at Hoddesdon Methodist Church
- Thursday 21st November 2019: 7.30pm at St Andrew's Methodist Church
- Tuesday 14th January 2020: 7.30pm at Epping Methodist Church
The meetings are open to all who are interested, and you don't have to be a Methodist to attend!
The focus for each meeting will be slightly different and although we hope people will attend all three evenings, we do recognise that some may only be able to attend one or two — this is not a problem...
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