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.
After a visit to the region, a delegation of Methodist representatives expressed horror at the military occupation of the Palestinian people. “We witnessed the bitter fruits of military occupation that have fallen disproportionally upon the Palestinian people,” said a statement of the delegation, which was made up of leaders of the World Methodist Council, the British Methodist Church, and the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. “We heard stories of families being separated, the denial of basic human rights, inequality of treatment, and the need for the Palestinian people to have a voice in the process