Methodism and Social Justice

Authored by: Jonathan Rodell

The Ashgate Research Companion to World Methodism

Print publication date:  February  2013
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409401384
eBook ISBN: 9781315613789
Adobe ISBN: 9781317040996


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An active concern for social justice forms a key element in the self-understanding of many contemporary Methodist churches. The mission imperatives of the Methodist Church in Southern Africa, for example, include: ‘Justice and service in church and society … Empowerment and development which give dignity and new purpose to those who have been deprived.’ 1 1 (accessed March 2012).

The vision statement of the Methodist Church in Aotearoa/New Zealand talks of working: ‘For justice for any who are oppressed in Aotearoa/New Zealand.’ 2 2 (accessed March 2012).

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