Christians in Practice
Simon Foster writes…
“…David Primrose wants you to know about the launch of our research Christians in Practice, which will take place on Thursday 19 October 2017 in the West Midlands.”
“Our research, backed by CUF, Arthur Rank Centre, and the dioceses of Lichfield and Birmingham, has surveyed over 1,000 Church of England churchgoers in 32 congregations, and we’re interviewing 30 individuals in depth, to explore how Christians regard the connection between faith and practice. Like our previous research, What Helps Disciples Grow, we’re shaping a research report and launch event to provide practical learning for the church. The results are pouring in at the moment. The responses I’m seeing to questions like ‘how could your church help you connect your faith and your community activity?’ promise some very interesting reflection on the day.”
“If you’re interested, please put the date in your diary. We’ll add your name to our regular mailing list and send you more details in the coming weeks.”
Simon Foster, Researcher, Christians in Practice
Project website: www.christiansinpractice.net
St Peter’s Saltley Trust: www.saltleytrust.org.uk
The Project Team (seen in the photo)
You’re most likely to speak to project researcher Simon Foster (right). He’s been at Saltley Trust for 2 years and previously led the What Helps Disciples Grow project.
You might also meet Elizabeth Bramley (CUF Researcher) or Dr Ian Jones, Saltley Trust’s Director (left).
Martin Kettle writes…
The update I have done on hate crime and all that, with all the material about church initiatives having been supplied by Kat Brealey, is at
I attach the document as well.
Home Affairs Policy Adviser
Mission & Public Affairs Division
Archbishops’ Council, Church of England
Church House, Gt Smith St,
London SW1P 3AZ
Tel: 0207 898 1531
Mob: 07738 883715
Here’s another useful resource for Lent. Does anyone else have anything they have prepared, or are aware of? It would be good to compile a list to go on our website.
Hope for Lent
Disenchantment with our political and economic systems is running very high.
So where might we find genuine hope – hope that will not disappoint us?
Christians believe that any hope we can really trust must have its source in the grace and love of God. That’s more than a pious platitude: in the midst of so much cynicism and disappointment, the Church is both showing and telling a different way to live.
Hope, Actually is a five week Lent course which explores the hope we find in Jesus Christ, and its power to transform our increasingly anxious and cynical society. www.cuf.org.uk/lentresources
Each session has a mix of discussion, Bible study (on that Sunday’s lectionary readings) and video stories. It ends with suggestions for prayer and ideas for action.
I attach a report on a survey of poverty in Greater Manchester produced as part of a partnership initiative between the Greater Manchester Poverty Action Group, the University of Manchester and the Diocese of Manchester.
The report has been produced as a follow up to a recommendation of the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission, and sits alongside a new online Poverty Monitor designed to resource community groups and anti-poverty activists in the area:
Both the report and the monitor have a distinct geographical focus, but the report findings and citizen social science methodology may be of interest to members of the SR network working on similar issues. Everyone is free to share and use the report if at all helpful to your work – there are contact details for all organisations involved and I am happy to answer any questions if required.
Mission Planning Officer
Diocese of Manchester
From Bethany Eckley, Research Manager
I thought I might forward to you Church Urban Fund’s latest policy paper: The Web of Poverty.
This paper sets out our organisational understanding of poverty; what is it and how does it affect people’s lives?
We find it helpful to think about poverty as a web of interlinked factors that together, have a significant impact on an individual’s ability to flourish. As such, we group the diverse aspects of poverty into three categories: poverty of resources, relationship and identity.
The paper also explains our approach to tackling poverty and how, through our Together Network, we seek to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised in England. It shows that our aim is to inform, inspire, resource and support churches as they work to tackle poverty and build strong, flourishing communities.
If you would like any hard copies of this report, please let me know.
Very best wishes,