with Rev. Dr. Claire Potter Ministerial Co-ordinator for Oversight of Ordained Ministries in the British Methodist Church Sun – 02 Apr 1:00 p.m. @ Railton Road
Theme: “As Methodists, How, has our Welcome Been?”
Why @ Railton Road? In 1999, Rev. Dr. Claire Potter was invited to preach at the Harvest Service at Railton Road where she asked the congregation if they would allow her to interview any of them. Many took her up on this and shared their stories about their experiences of welcome from the Methodist Church.
As Methodists living in Lambeth, we are all invited to come to Railton Road for an opportunity to learn more about Rev. Dr. Claire Potter’s research that she carried out between 1998 and 2002 on the theme of the Methodist Church’s experience of welcoming people from Jamaica from the time of the Windrush generation until today.
Rev. Claire was motivated to do these interviews because she had recently been a community worker in a small Methodist church in Smethwick where the majority of the congregation were Jamaican people who had arrived in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s. Their hospitality, openness, resilience, and willingness to share their stories was a life changing experience for her. She wanted to tell those stories accurately in order to be fair to them and to benefit the whole church. She later wrote her thesis on: ‘British Churches and Jamaican Migration - a study of religion and identities1948 to 1965’. She has written: “Much has been written about migration from the Caribbean to Britain in the decades following the Second World War, however, little has been studied concerning the church history of this migration. In addition, much research has considered Black Theology and Black Church history in Britain. However, rarely has Black Church history been regarded as a part of British Church history.