The East Anglia District have a newly formed Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee, who have the intention of having joint EDI Convenors. Mrs Susan Eldridge has kindly filled one of the joint Convenor roles and the other role is vacant.
The EDI Committee are passionate to promote and support The Methodist Church's vision that we are an inclusive, justice-seeking church.
Mandatory EDI Training
The following groups of people are now required to undertake mandatory EDI training (as agreed by Conference 2021)
- All ministers (including Superintendents and District Chairs)
- Local Preachers and Worship Leaders
- Connexional Committee members
- Connexional Team members
- Circuit and District Safeguarding Officers
- Circuit stewards and church stewards
- Lay workers: a) Lay Pastoral Workers b) Children, Youth and Family Workers c) Pioneers
A link to the online training can be found here:-
This training is to help us to live out our commitment to being a church which is inclusive and justice-seeking. We are now committeed to life-long learning about the richness of human diversity and to learning from one another. Thanks for your help in putting this in to practice.
The Methodist Church has published additional materials for those who are running EDI training sessions as a group. The information is here: Mandatory EDI Training (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) (methodist.org.uk), and the resources are here: Training Resources (methodist.org.uk).
In addition the Central Norfolk Circuit (Rev Anne Richardson and Rev Jonny Bell) have developed their own in person resources which they are happy to share: here is the link to these resources.
Stuart Watkin who covers EDI matters for the Learning Network has prepared a document which sets out the pros and cons of using the various training methods. Here is a link to the document which it should be possible to open as a pdf file in your browser. A link to the same document in Microsoft Word format is here.
Below is the link to the webpages for the Justice, Dignity and Solidarity Strategy and include the resources that have been made available for people across the Connexion.
There will be various blogposts, emails, Methodists news, and a video to promote them.
We are grateful to those who have given their time to contribute to these resources.
Below is a link to a very interesting and challenging webinar!
Dismantling Whiteness Conference - Hosted by the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture on the 17 April 2021.
This conference was a historic first, in being the first occasion that Whiteness as a phenomenon was explored theologically in the UK. The video shows the two keynote lectures and the following panel conversation.
Jarel Robinson Brown's lecture, entitled 'Religion, Race and Sexuality, is available through this link:
This is an online series for Black History Month… please do share this link around your district if possible.
Black Lives Matter: Readings and Conversation - John Wesley’s New Room (newroombristol.org.uk)
There will also be material on the Connexional website to celebrate this important month of the year.
Below is also a link to the anti-bullying webinars:
Bullying Webinars (methodist.org.uk)
The 3rd one was particularly about EDI issues and bullying.