Striving for Justice

Journeying with the Methodist Church in Britain

Authors

  • Megan Seneque Research Associate, Susanna Wesley Foundation, Roehampton University
  • Sue Miller Director of the Susanna Wesley Foundation, Roehampton University
  • Ermal Kirby Methodist Minister, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) committee
  • Jill Marsh Methodist Minister & Implementation Lead for the Methodist Strategy for Justice, Dignity and Solidarity, Methodist Church in Great Britain
  • Charity Nzegwu Methodist Minister, District EDI/JDS (Justice, Dignity and Solidarity) Officer in the East Anglia District
  • Bevan Powell Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Adviser, Methodist Church in Great Britain
  • Adrian Roux Methodist Minister and Learning Network Coordinator for the Church’s Southern and Islands Region

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47061/jabsc.v1i2.1950

Keywords:

Systemic injustice, racial injustice, intersectionality, collective transformation, systemic injustice, justice, dignity & solidarity

Abstract

Black ministry has historically found itself at the intersection of theology and racial justice. In this dialogue, a group of people, both ordained and lay, discuss their work in the Methodist Church in Great Britain, taking a deep look at self and system through the lens of justice and inclusion. The Methodist Church has a long history of grappling with issues of (racial) justice. In 2019, at a Racial Justice Symposium convened by the Methodist Church, participants engaged in an awareness-based systems change process to take a deep dive into what it means to shape inclusive community. Theory U (Scharmer 2016, 2018; Scharmer & Kaufer, 2013) provided the overarching framework and key principles for this journey of co-inquiry.

References

Cowan, M. A. & Lee, B. J. (1997). Conversation, risk & conversion: The inner and public life of small Christian communities. Orbis Books.

Scharmer, C. O. (2016). Theory U: Leading from the future as it emerges (2nd edition). Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Scharmer, C. O. (2018). The essentials of Theory U: Core principles and applications. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Scharmer, C. O. & Kaufer, K. (2013). Leading from the emerging future: From ego-system to eco-system economies. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Veling, T. (1997) What if community were possible (Epilogue). In M. A. Cowan & B. J. Lee, B.J. Conversation, risk & conversion: The inner and public life of small Christian communities. Orbis Books.

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Published

2021-11-30

How to Cite

Seneque, M., Miller, S., Kirby, E., Marsh, J., Nzegwu, C., Powell, B., & Roux, A. (2021). Striving for Justice: Journeying with the Methodist Church in Britain. Journal of Awareness-Based Systems Change, 1(2), 127-144. https://doi.org/10.47061/jabsc.v1i2.1950