The Methodist Church adopted the Strategy for Justice, Dignity and Solidarity in 2021.
The aim of the Strategy is to help churches to become as fully inclusive as possible and address matters of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), recognising this to be a crucial witness to the Gospel of God’s love for all in Christ.
The South-East District, in order to support and implement various strands of the Strategy, has appointed Deeptima Massey and Daniela Warr Schori in joint voluntary roles.
They will help churches, circuits and the district to uphold EDI values of dignity, respect, inclusion and love for all, and promote good relations and practices in the life of the church. Through this role, the District will also shape the culture of the churches to become a place of belonging and inclusion for everyone and celebrate diversity.
Deeptima is based in the Brighton and Hove Methodist Circuit. In February 2020, she was accredited as a local preacher. She is passionate about EDI values as besides its theological underpinning, it challenges her to step outside her comfort zone and accept and embrace everyone just as they are creating a sense of belonging for one and all.
Daniela (Dan) is based at Trinity Methodist Church, Woking in the Wey Valley Circuit. She is the church administrator, and coordinator for the Foundry project, supporting community development activities.
The project is part funded by the District.
Dan has an interest in the language of Gender, and has worked in EDI roles for many years.
If you’d like to get involved with our work please contact Deeptima or Dan on email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please listen to Revd Dr Jill Marsh's talk that was held on Tuesday, 10th May 2022:
Click here to be taken to the powerpoint presentation that was delivered at the recently held Representative Synod which was held on Saturday, 30th April 2022: