Social & International Affairs
Chairperson: Bishop Dr. Chibuzo Raphael Opoko (Methodist Church Nigeria)
The Social Justice Committee of the World Methodist Council brings attention to current events and issues and how they affect constituents around the world. Current focus has centered on economic justice or injustice. A World Methodist Social Affirmation was developed and refined by this committee and approved in 1986. It has received worldwide acceptance and is published in literature of several member church denominations.
August 11-12 in Charlottesville, Virginia we began to witness images of white nationalism, protests, counter-protests, violence, death, and tragedy. I denounce any behavior couched as Christian that dehumanizes people and elevates one group over another. Our doctrine as Christians and history as Wesleyans in particular compels us not to be silent or inactive, but to engage in love. I call on all Wesleyan Churches to pray for our nation, Charlottesville, and for pastors and community leaders on the front lines risking their safety there.
The world woke this morning to the heart-breaking news of yet another bombing, yet another terrorist attack. The United Kingdom is reeling following the deadly events at the Manchester Arena last night, and another suicide bomb exploded in Damascus, Syria this morning. Each attack that we hear about leaves an indelible mark. No matter how close, or how far away, our lives are forever changed. We imagine in the back of our minds who the persons were that died: mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, young, old, weak, strong. We imagine the void such a violent death leaves in the lives of