NEWS: New president of Methodist Conference: Racism hasn't been totally eradicated from our Church

The new president of the Methodist Conference believes the Church has work to do in regards fighting racial injustice. 

Rev Richard Teal told Premier: "The Methodist Church in Britain believes strongly that racism is a denial of the gospel. And we have to be honest, it has not been totally eradicated from our Church. It's still a problem despite excellent work which has been going on over many, many years."

Rev Teal was inducted in an online ceremony on 27th June, along with the new vice-president of the Methodist Conference Carolyn Lawrence. 

At a meeting of the Church's governing body on Monday, the Church voted to bolster its work on equality, diversity and inclusion.

Rev Teal told Premier the Church has "redoubled its efforts" to be more inclusive. 

"We are now actively working on the implementation of the 'Inclusive Methodist Church Strategy', that we will be a Church that commits itself totally to challenging all forms discrimination, and creating a church where people from every single background are welcomed and feel really safe from abuse or discrimination. 

"That's the Methodism I want to see and need to see because it is speaks of God's kingdom."

But when asked if the Methodist Church was ethnically diverse in tis leadership, Rev Teal said it's something the Church has to work on. 

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