Anyone who has been paying attention will know that churches do a massive amount in their local communities around our country providing services and support, the vast majority of which is funded entirely at their own expense. Last year Jubilee+,… Read More ›
Hope into Action: A 21st century model for unleashing the Church’s financial potential
Over the last few months my church has begun working with the charity Hope into Action. It is a relatively new charity having been set up just four years ago by Ed Walker, who previously had worked as a programme director… Read More ›
Are Christians really more hostile to benefit claimants than their bishops?
One of the most important lessons I’ve learnt the hard way about blogging is that the content of an article is not the most important part. What will usually make or break it are the few little words at the top… Read More ›
Can local religion revive local communities?
Today’s guest writer is Dr Chris Baker. He is Director of Research at the William Temple Foundation, an independent faith-based research institution working to advance the vision of William Temple (Archbishop of Canterbury 1942-44) in an ongoing search for a just and… Read More ›
Unsung Christian heroes awarded at Westminster for their community-changing work
And now for some good news… A former homeless couple, a youth project leader, and the pioneer behind a debt-advice counselling centre have been announced as the winners of the 2013 Inspire Award for unsung Christian heroes whose work has… Read More ›
Time for the Church to recover a vision of society transformed
Despite my best efforts, I usually find it hard to get excited about the workings of the Church of England’s General Synod. Mostly there is a feeling of frustration with the focus on internal legislation, when the more important issues… Read More ›
Is Sarah Teather’s departure a sign that faith and party politics cannot mix?
If you have a look at the politicians who have been mentioned the most on this blog, once you get past Cameron, Miliband and Clegg, you’ll find that Sarah Teather is right up there. When I published the transcript of her… Read More ›
As the State shrinks, just how much can we expect the Church to step in?
In Henry Chadwick’s History of the Early Church, he observes that ‘the practical application of charity was probably the most potent single cause of Christian success’. The early Church regularly cared for the poor, for orphans and widows, visited prisoners… Read More ›
Why faith should be on the agenda when working with those on the margins of society
Today’s article has been written by Jon Kuhrt and was published last week on his Resistance & Renewal blog. Resistance and Renewal is on my ‘must-read’ list and regularly publishes articles on the Christian faith and how it relates to transformation and… Read More ›
Ignorance, illiteracy and secularism – the barriers to effective relationships between churches and local authorities
Today parliament will be debating co-operation between local government and faith groups. This debate follows on from the Faith in the Community report produced by the Evangelical Alliance for Christians in Parliament. It finds that a large number of local authorities (LAs) are… Read More ›
I refuse to believe that this is a lost generation – my interview with Patrick Regan OBE, Founder and CEO of XLP
Patrick Regan OBE is the founder and CEO of the well known and highly respected Christian urban youth work charity XLP. I’ve been following the work of Patrick and XLP for a while now and finally was able to meet him… Read More ›
Christians: called to socialism?
I’m always keen to give other writers a chance to submit articles for this blog and share their views and opinions. I’ve had two sent to me over the last couple of weeks coming from very different viewpoints on the subject… Read More ›
Major new parliamentary report published on relationship between local authorities and churches
Back in February 2012 the All-Party Group, Christians in Parliament produced a major report on the freedom of Christians in the UK entitled Clearing the Ground. One of the main findings of the report was that there is widespread religious illiteracy in many public… Read More ›
David Cameron praises the work of churches in their communities
David Cameron’s dream of The Big Society may have fizzled away since the 2010 election, but there are still a few remnants that live on. One of these is the Big Society Awards that seek to recognise outstanding people and… Read More ›
Report finds that 35% of community welfare projects are run by Christians
Back in February I wrote an article on the value of voluntary work provided by churches for the benefit of their communities. The National Church Social Action Survey for 2012 by Jubilee+ referred to valued it at over £2.5 billion. One of… Read More ›
Church community work in the UK is valued at over £2.5 billion per year
In the last week two reports on the value of church social initiatives in local communities have received coverage in the national media. On Thursday, Andrew Brown in the Guardian wrote an outstanding article on the role some churches are… Read More ›