The President of the Methodist Church offers a Methodist view
It is the widely held view among our Methodist people that earthquakes are the result of the movement of plates along fault lines.
The President of the Methodist Church of New Zealand, Te Hahi Weteriana O Aotearoa, the Rev. Prince Devanandan, has expressed concern at statements attributed to religious leaders over the last two weeks.
When we speak, we have a responsibility to our religious communities and to society, to highlight the positive contribution that our faiths can make. We should not speak in ways that denigrate, stigmatize or alienate.
The Methodist Church has a tradition of supporting human rights and working for social justice.
The President said that The Methodist Church is guided by the teaching of Jesus, who said I have come that you might have life in all its fullness. Ours is not the way of condemnation.
While recognising the importance of freedom of speech, he suggested that there is an obligation to speak with respect and humility.
The Methodist Church claims that Christian Churches need to learn to be accountable to one another. The Rev. Prince said that Only through dialogue and the building of healthy relationships, can the great religious traditions make their essential contribution to society.
President Prince expresses the solidarity of the Methodist Church with those who have been affected by earthquakes in North Canterbury and further afield and calls on parishes to assist both practically and offer support through prayer.