This section of the site will launch in 2013 when the focus of the bicentenary will be 200 years of Advocacy.
After receiving a conditional pardon in 1813, one of the founders of Methodism in Australia, Edward Eagar, went on to become one of the leading advocates for the emancipist cause. This tradition of speaking out and acting for a more just society continues today.
Highlights from the last 200 years
In response to the economic depression, the Rev WG Taylor led a deputation to the Premier urging the establishment of a Labour Bureaux throughout the state as a proactive step to help “decent working class people in great distress through the want of work”.
A vocal advocate for social justice, the Rev Alan Walker called publicly for an end to Australia’s participation in the Vietnam War, echoing calls by increasing numbers of Australians at that time.
Wesley Mission was invited to participate in high-level NSW Government initiatives to combat homelessness. Rev Dr Keith Garner was appointed the Deputy Co-chair of the Premier’s Advisory Council on Homelessness.