For the Wesleys, 'works' as well as 'faith' were essential to the whole of Christian living, and caring for the poor, for prisoners, for widows and orphans mattered a great deal. Methodists were not only interested in welfare, they were concerned to remedy social injustice, and John Wesley's last known letter urged the abolition of 'that execrable villainy' slavery.
The Wesleys were an influence in prison reform and, inspired by Susanna Wesley, they earned a reputation as pioneers in education.
John Wesley himself wrote, edited or abridged some 400 publications. As well as theology he wrote about politics, music, marriage and slavery and medicine.
Methodists were encouraged to work to their utmost to improve the lives of others.
John Wesley exhorted them to "Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can."
February 20th is recognised as World Day of Social Justice.
Whilst Holiness and Justice is the theme of the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference 2016/2017, the Revd Dr Roger Walton and Rachel Lampard.
Their booklet is an invitation through words and art to consider how you might make a difference both in yourself and in the world.
It explores what is meant by Holy Justice and how it changes the way you see the world and act in it.
Holy Justice flows from God's generous gift of love to us.
The booklet is illustrated by Ric Stott. Ric is happy for churches to project the images but asks that they are not printed.
You can buy the booklets from Methodist Publishing
Or it is available to download for free here
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