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Meeting national church leaders

Monday, October 5, 2009

Meg recently met leaders of four national Free Churches who wanted to talk to Christians involved in politics. One of the purposes of the meeting is for the representative elected leaders of the churches, who are only in office for a limited period of time, to learn about political issues from the perspective of MPs.  



They discussed the problems affecting small Pacific Islands caused by climate change and those affecting the Methodist Church in Fiji. The church people came from the Methodist Church, Salvation Army, United Reformed Church and Baptist Union of Great Britain. (See the article on climate change in the ’Views’ section of this site).



The following extract is from the blog of the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Church



http://methodist-presandvp.blogspot.com/2009/09/labour-party-conference-brighton.html


 


Later in the morning we had a good discussion with Methodist MP, Meg Munn, who told us about her visit to Fiji during the summer and reflected on the severe difficulties facing the Methodist Church in that country at the moment. We also had the opportunity to raise our concerns about the situation directly with the Foreign Office minister responsible for co-ordinating Britain’s response to the situation, Chris Bryant. We agreed on the importance of raising awareness of the situation, the important role the EU, Australia and New Zealand can play in putting pressure on the Fijian government, but also reflected on the difficulties of engaging with the military dictatorship when they can so readily accuse us of ex-colonial interference. 



Meg Munn also described the reality of climate change for low lying Pacific Islands, and how ground water was already becoming polluted by salt water, islands having to rely on scarce rainwater instead. There is now a resignation among islanders that it is already too late to avoid the loss of a large number of their small islands. They hope the rest of the world can wake up to the reality of climate change quickly before is too late for other parts of the world too.



 

Associated Photograph :

In the picture with Meg are the General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Rev Jonathan Edwards, and the Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, Dr. Richard Vautrey.

In the picture with Meg are the General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Rev Jonathan Edwards, and the Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, Dr. Richard Vautrey.


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