Recent Items: SR Issues

Christian social action is part of our understanding and commitment to holistic mission, a means of relating our faith to the world in which we live, an impetus to growth in discipleship and a contribution to building God’s Kingdom.  It relates particularly to the Marks of Mission to:

  • Respond to human need by loving service.
  • Transform unjust structures of society, challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation.
  • Strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

Social Responsibility covers a wide range of topics and issues, with each diocese and member having their own priorities for current and future work within the diocesan / organisational strategy for mission.  However, there are some areas of work that are common across the SR Network and where it is helpful to share resources, information and links, and we will be collecting these on a thematic basis.   New pages will be added on an ongoing basis as new themes and issues arise.

Suggestions for future ‘SR Issues’ or contributions to existing pages will always be welcome, and can be sent to this email address: info@srnet.org.uk

stories for the soul

Weekly e-bulletin from Sheffield – 27 November 2018

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Here is some information from colleagues in Sheffield:

Stories for the Soul is an exciting initiative in the Diocese of Sheffield which offers an innovative ministry with older people, including those living with dementia. Inspired by Godly Play, it recognises the need for community, story and creativity to bring spiritual well being. It is having a significant missional impact in the Diocese and one of the leaders, Carrie Twist, has been awarded Dementia Care Champion at the National Dementia Care Awards 2018.

For more information and to book a day’s training on Dementia, Well being and Creativity in your Diocese. http://www.storiesforthesoul.org

The ebulletin that went out to the Diocese of Sheffield gives the photo that they used and more information

with thanks

Kathryn Lord

lichfield: for richer for poorer

A report about the Diocese of Lichfield’s four year church partnership project. This report draws on material produced by Ruth Clay, Church Partnerships Worker for the project.

This information was supplied by:
Revd Dr David Primrose, Director of Transforming Communities
07975644044 (m); 01785 748976 (h); 01543 622591 (o)

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The Church of England, Diocese of Lichfield
Unit 1 Three Spires, Station Road, Lichfield WS13 6HX

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Web: www.lichfield.anglican.org
Twitter: @Lichfield_CofE
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/LichfieldDiocese
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/60802986432/

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CUF Plan germinates!

 

Dear David,

Thank you for your continued support of the Mustard Seed Appeal and the Just Finance Foundation. We wanted to update you on some significant pieces of news as we work towards fairer finance.

First step towards fairer credit as Wonga goes into administration

The announcement that high cost credit provider Wonga has gone into administration is a sign that the Just Finance Foundation’s work is having a real impact. The rates charged by Wonga for their loans have been one of the criticisms of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who wants to see a fairer credit landscape for all. In 2013 he announced the church would compete Wonga out of business by supporting more ethical credit unions.

Canon Paul Hackwood, Executive Director of Church Urban Fund and Trustee of the Just Finance Foundation says:

‘Today we are seeing the result of the much-needed tougher financial regulations starting to bite. The Just Finance Foundation (JFF) – the Archbishop’s charity focused on fostering a fair financial system – is working to promote financial health, of many struggling with debt right across the social spectrum, and particularly among those for whom making ends meet is a daily struggle.’

Read the full article in yesterdays (30/08/2018) Guardian  here

What comes after Welby’s War on Wonga

Just a few weeks before ago, Rowena Young, Executive Director for the Just Finance Foundation (JFF), outlined the plans for how the JFF might help to increase our nation’s financial capability.

Read her article in the Church Times here

This extract came from an email from:

Church Urban Fund

Church House, 27 Great Smith Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AZ

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Help available from charity ‘Buttle UK’ for children without a bed

“More than four hundred thousand children do not have a bed of their own, forcing many to share or sleep on the floor. Gerri McAndrew from the charity Buttle UK and Assistant Head Teacher Bex Wilson, who realised one of her own pupils was having to sleep on the floor, discuss.” Quote from BBC Radio 4, Woman’s Hour, Sat 4 Aug 2018, 4.00 pm
Link to BBC Radio 4 to listen!
WAKE UP CALL Half a million British children don’t have their own bed so help us change that with our Beds For Kids campaign We need your help to give every single child a place to sleep tight Ruth Harrison, The Sun, 5 May 2018
Read the full article in the Sun!

Be aware! Some readers may find neighboring articles in the Sun unacceptable

Link to charity ‘Buttle UK’, web site to apply for help! end of post

Report: Overlaps and common issues in rural and urban contexts

Churches Together in England Urban and Rural Forum Meeting 11 August 2017 at CTE Tavistock Square, London

“Christians in urban and rural areas have discovered similarities and links across the different contexts in which they work. Following informal discussions about cross-overs and the implications for ministry, Churches Together in England convened and hosted a meeting for members of the Churches Rural Group and the Urban Forum. Chaired by Rev Dr David Cornick (General Secretary of CTE), it provided an opportunity to listen to one another’s experience, share information and identify overlaps, common ground and potential areas for collaboration in future work. A number of common issues that have wider implications emerged from the case studies, stories and experiences shared.”

To study this report in full follow this link!

(The report contains further links to a multitude of other relevant information ! – DJS Jul 2018)