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Gordon Brown to deliver inaugural Methodist lecture on justice and hope

by Cara Bentley

 The former Prime Minister Gordon Brown is going to give the first in a series of lectures for the Methodist Church on justice. 

The Methodist Justice Lecture will mark the launch of a two-year project called 'Walking with Micah: Methodist Principles for Social Justice', which aims to help the Methodist Church think about justice and how to seek it. 

The prophet Micah in the Bible reminded God's people to act justly, to love as God loves and to walk humbly with Him. 

The former Labour PM will deliver his lecture online on Sunday 13th June at 7pm and will argue that real change is possible when it comes to global inequality and climate change, and that people of faith have a role to play.

The Methodist Church hopes that the lectures will enable their members to speak and act more clearly on issues on justice, by reflecting on their Methodist heritage and listening to what matters most to their church goers. 

Rachel Lampard, who is leading the Walking with Micah project, said: "I am delighted that Gordon Brown has agreed to give the first Methodist Justice lecture to launch this project and has chosen to speak on justice and hope. His political record shows his commitment to tackling child poverty, cancelling international debt and reducing global inequality and many in the churches share these passions. 

"Methodists often say that working for a fairer world is embedded deep within their faith. The prophet Micah reminded people that the worship God wants is for us to act justly, to love as God loves, and to walk humbly with God.  Walking with Micah aims to hear stories about how Methodists are working for justice, by responding to needs locally and campaigning for change, and how we are shaped in our walk with God.

"I hope that people from around the Connexion and beyond will come to reflect together on ideas of justice and hope through this lecture, and find out how they can take part in this project."

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