MPF is delighted that its President, Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal, was awarded the 2018 World Methodist Peace Prize (see also the News item from the United Methodist Church, USA). Inderjit, now a supernumerary minister in the Sheffield circuit, has been a tireless supporter of refugees and has worked to foster interfaith relations and multicultural communities, peace and reconciliation. One of the peace-related movements initiated by Inderjit was City of Sanctuary, a grassroots, movement to build cultures of welcome, hospitality and safety for asylum seekers, refugees and other vulnerable people. Inderjit is president of the Methodist Peace Fellowship. An interview with Inderjit on Radio 4's 'Ramblings' was broadcast in 2020 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000fpbq).
The citation of the Peace Prize describes Inderjit as a “central figure” in inter-faith relations in Britain and Ireland. On hearing news of the award, Inderjit commented: “I am surprised but deeply honoured. My whole life has been inspired by people around the world who have held up the witness to peace-making, challenging war, violence and killing. I am more persuaded than ever that non-violent resolution of conflict is the way forward at all levels and in all human relationships.
The most challenging issue facing human beings is how to live with those who are different from you.”
This follows the award of the 2017 Wilson-Hinkes Peace Prize for his work in initiating the City of Sanctuary movement. That award is shared with Wycombe Refugee Partnership, a multicultural group of concerned people who seek to support refugee families when they are reunited in the UK.
We offer Dr Bhogal our warmest congratulations on both these awards.
Dr Bhogal recently preached a 'Sermon for Peace Sunday' at Hinde Street Methodist Church. The full text can be downloaded here.
"Letting in the Light: Positive steps for peace in a turbulent world" a joint conference with the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship, Fellowship of Reconciliation, and the Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Church Peace Fellowships took place from 20-22 April 2018 at Hinsley Hall, Leeds.
Talk, Truth and Trust … Rev Harold Good in conversation Brian Rowan - "Discretion and being trusted is at the core of Rev Harold Good’s contributions to the peace process in Northern Ireland as well as the Basque Country and Colombia. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have much to say, and a lot of wisdom from which we can learn." (Read on ......)
The MPF January 2017 Newsletter can be downloaded here.
The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT)* has published a statement on nuclear weapons: "Throughout 2017 the United Nations is holding negotiations to create a legal framework for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons. Our churches have long held the position that nuclear weapons are ‘a critical moral issue of our time’ and therefore we welcome this treaty and have produced a briefing for you about the negotiations, why the treaty is needed, and what you can do to take action towards banning nuclear weapons – forever." Download the full briefing from their site - click here.
* JPIT is supported by the Baptist Union, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and, for a trial one year period, the Church of Scotland.