Did we witness social action / evangelism ‘holy grail’ on BBC documentary?

Oct 9, 2018 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. Every few years the church’s ministry among the urban poor in Britain comes into renewed focus. It can take the form of church leaders in advocacy mode for social action, looking at the big picture, addressing government policy on issues such as housing and benefits, and setting up a nationwide fund to assist local development projects. This was largely the legacy of the “Faith in the City” report of 1985. Or it can look more at the local level: how to...

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The Debt Saviours: Bradford’s Christians Against Poverty opens religious support for vulnerable up to BBC scrutiny

Oct 6, 2018 by

From the Yorkshire Post. A Christian debt charity founded by Bradford’s John Kirkby has opened its religious methods up to scrutiny for an access-all-areas BBC documentary tonight. Chris Burn reports. “I have sat down with a father who has told his wife and children that they are going on an adventure and will be moving house when he knows they are going to a bed and breakfast that day, I have seen mothers considering selling themselves on the street to feed their children, I have seen people...

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How to measure – and vanquish – poverty? A new answer to an old problem

Sep 18, 2018 by

by Mark Wallace, Conservative Home: How best to measure poverty has long been a vexed question in British politics. The naive hope that statistics would be able to produce an answer simultaneously accurate and robust enough to withstand the pressures of political misuse, abuse and misunderstanding has yet to be fulfilled. In the Blair years, a story – likely apocryphal – had John Prescott raging that “we’ve been in power for five years, and half of people still earn below average”. It’s a...

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Archbishop of Canterbury Wants Government to ‘Put Church-Run Food Banks Out of Business’

Sep 14, 2018 by

by Tyler O’Neil, PJ Media: On Wednesday, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who leads the Church of England and is the symbolic head of the global Anglican Church, said he “dreamed” of a time when governments would replace church charities. This arguably represents a weird trusting of the state over the charitable efforts of followers of Jesus Christ. “Today I dream that governments, now and in the future, put church-run food banks out of business. I dream of empty night...

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The noise of victimhood culture has drowned out the plight of the poor

Jun 13, 2018 by

by Jenny McCartney, UnHerd: Destitution is a term that feels antiquated: the words “the poor and destitute”, go together like a horse and carriage, conjuring the exploited, desperate masses of Victorian England. It’s a condition that was addressed, but barely relieved, by the grim charity of the workhouse and the orphanage. For as a recent report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation reminds us, destitution is still very much with us. In 2017, more than 1.5 million people in the UK were ‘in...

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The ‘burning injustice’, Mrs May, is that the poor no longer wed

May 18, 2018 by

by Harry Benson, TCW: Harry and Meghan are about to do it. His older brother did it a few years ago. Some of his cousins have done it. His father has even done it twice. Indeed it would be considered quite odd if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle weren’t going to get married. Royal weddings are a bit of a tradition. Marriage is what they do. But is that all there is to it? Has marriage been relegated to little more than a tradition? It’s certainly the case that many people today would ask why...

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