The Vice-President of the Methodist Conference for 2014/2015 laid down four building blocks of faith for 21st-century Britain in her address to the Conference. Gill Dascombe suggested that Scripture, science, culture and community should be the blocks upon which Methodists build their faith.
“Methodism provides us with four building blocks of faith, derived from the writings of John Wesley,” Gill said. “These are Scripture, reason, tradition and experience. But Wesley too was a man of his time, and Britain is a very different place now from what it was in the 1700s.”
Gill went on to say that when Methodists affirm Scripture today, they make a claim, not of uniformity, but of the embracing of diversity. She explained that science was important because we no longer live in the age of reason but the age of science. “Religion and science have been in conflict for too long,” said Gill, a medical pharmacist. “It’s time to take the blinkers off.”
Her address also challenged Methodists to think about what is distinctive about Methodism in 2014: “How can we shape a spirituality that reflects our time, our place and our world view, within which we can address our fears, doubts and concerns, and, yes, our demons, real or perceived, and seek strength and hope and purpose for the future?”
Extract from The Methodist Church in Britain News and Events www.methodist.org.uk