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:

London Churches – Common Voice on Migration

Dear all,

We had an excellent day seminar on migration last week (June 2015), attended by around 50 people from across London and across the denominations.
The contributions from the day, together with the Bible passages people brought with them, and an art work created on the day, are now on our website:
Click for their home page!
The next stage in our Common Voice process is to reflect more deeply on the issues raised on the day and what the Spirit is saying to the churches on migration.
Please let us know if you have any reflections on the day. We will feed these into the core group’s next meeting when we shall draft some common voice for us all to consider further.

Peace to all, Steven.

Canon Steven Saxby,

Tel: 020 7654 3857
Text: 078 5555 1050
Follow us on Twitter: @londonchurches

Shellshocked Prophets

SHELLSHOCKED PROPHETS Former Anglican Army Chaplains in Inter-War Britain by Linda Parker

“The Anglican chaplains who served in the Great War were changed by their experience of total war. They returned determined to revitalise the Anglican Church in Britain… ” (Read more)

Could you circulate the attached to the SR Network, it is a little unusual, but it may be of interest.

With best wishes

Terry (

Material it might be useful for SR officers to know about – volunteers

I’ve worked on this jointly with the CUF volunteer Co-ordinator, and it aims to be user-friendly and relevant in church-based projects CUF supports, as well as churches and for lay ministries.  It draws on experiences of good (and not so good) practice that both of us have encountered over the years and has run the gauntlet of NCVO and several compliance officers.  Continue reading Material it might be useful for SR officers to know about – volunteers

Submission to the Butler Sloss Commission on Religion and Belief

Alison has shared the submission to the Commission on Religion and Belief from Oxford Diocese, which looks really useful for other contexts as well.
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 7:56 PM
Subject: Submission to the Butler Sloss Commission on Religion and Belief
Hi Ann, I wondered whether other colleagues have made submissions to this?
I attach something we have sent in. It may be useful to others – not necessarily in connection with the Commission, but in suggesting models for mapping faith community engagement in public life. Feedback and help to make it better would be appreciated!
If you could circulate, that would be great.
Alison Webster
Social Responsibility Adviser
Diocese of Oxford
North Hinksey
(01865) 208213
07919 456451

The Actress, The Bishop and …Credit Unions!

I’ve just watched the short version well worth 3 minutes of anyone’s time! (will check out the longer one later)

Do please pass this on to anyone else who might be interested

Regards, Ann

If you think that any of our SRN colleagues might be interested please could you forward this on to them.

Hot from the premier!!

14 min version:

3 min version:

Kind regards, Debbie

Deborah Dalby

Head of Mission and Ministry

Tel: 07435 971910

Mission and Ministry Department

Church House, 90 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2GH


Review: Humanising Work

Could you please circulate the details of the book below to the network?

Many thanks Malcolm

Chris Beales: Humanising Work: Co-operatives, credit unions and the challenge of mass unemployment

Rainmaker Books, published 1 October 2014. ISBN 978-1-909863-02-6

E-book £2.49 Paperback £5.99  Available from Amazon, Kobo etc and on

Does the search for meaning in work matter? and is it even possible to ask such a question against a backdrop of mass youth unemployment, widespread poverty and growing inequality? Drawing on the experience of the Mondragon co-operative movement in Spain and other innovative models of employment and enterprise from around the world, as well as the visions and values derived from his faith, Chris Beales explores how “work” might be humanised and education and employment made not only responsive to what the Economy needs but also purposeful, satisfying and rewarding for people.

International Anglican Women’s Network Newsletter

Dear All,

Attached (IAWN Newsletter August 2014) the most recent International Anglican Women’s Network newsletter, which includes various articles of interest, including pieces on:

  • a recent African Anglican women leaders’ meeting
  • the Anglican Communion’s appointment of Terrie Robinson as Director for Women in Church and Society
  • the recent Church of England Synod vote
  • Sri Lankan Anglicans’ perspectives on the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict and on interfaith work
  • how Anglicans in the UK and Pakistan are working to end violence against women and girls

As noted below, the next edition is going to focus on human trafficking, and the editor, Elaine Cameron, welcomes suggestions for contributions.

Please do circulate this to your networks and anyone who might be interested.

All best wishes,


Promoting Responsible Credit and Saving July 2014 Newsletter

Promoting Responsible Credit and Saving July 2014 Newsletter

Murston ‘Community Bank’

A recently retired couple with banking experience, a generous gift from a local builder and the prayers and determination of a small congregation have been the key ingredients in the launch of Murston Community Bank.

In June Westminster Abbey hosted a celebration of 50 years of credit unions in Great Britain

And more

Cumbria Welfare Reform Commission

I haven’t been involved in a poverty hearing but I was heavily involved in the work of the Cumbria Welfare Reform Commission, looking into the impacts of welfare reform, including several days of hearings in the first few months of 2014. The Commission was chaired by Rt Rev James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle, and I was a member of the support team.

The Commission’s report was published on 27 June. Please find attached here both the full report and the executive summary. I would be grateful if you could circulate them to SRN members.

Thanks and best wishes,

Helen Boothroyd

Social Responsibility Development Officer, Churches Together in Cumbria

Promoting responsible credit and saving: July newsletter

Promoting Responsible Credit and Saving

July 2014 Newsletter

This edition includes:

  • Murston ‘Community Bank’
  • In a recent speech to the Credit Union Foundation Archbishop Justin Welby reflected on the Church’s activity to support credit unions
  • In June Westminster Abbey hosted a celebration of 50-years of credit unions in Great Britain.
  • 70 people gathered in Birmingham to hear about the work of the Archbishop’s Task Group and the Church Credit Champions Network,
  • Payday Lending; Fixing a Broken Market is a new report from The Association of Certified Chartered Accountants
  • The Financial Conduct Authority has recently issued new regulations for the consumer credit market
  • ‘We need a union of the streets’ is a song and music video produced by Charles Bailey and featuring rapper Question Musiq.

Responsible Credit and Savings newsletter – May 2014

Promoting Responsible Credit and Saving

May Newsletter

Welcome to our bi-monthly email newsletter on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s initiative to promote credit unions and other sources of responsible credit and savings.

This month we feature the work that Manchester Diocese is doing to promote and support their local credit unions, as well as highlighting national and local news news and events, including a new campaign from the Children’s Society and the London launch of the Church Credit Champions Network.
Please let us know what is happening in your area and how we can support you.

To hear more stories of exciting initiatives around the country and to hear Sir Hector Sants talk about the work of the Task Group, register to come along to our free workshop event in Birmingham on Tuesday 3rd June.

Polly Taylor
Task Group Coordinator

Focus on Manchester

The Bishop and the Actress is the headline grabbing title of a short film promoting credit unions, developed by Manchester Diocese and produced by a young local film maker. A local Bishop and an actress take a bus journey around Greater Manchester visiting local credit unions and exploring the reasons why people become credit union members. The film will be launched later this year alongside a tool kit to help churches and other organisations engage with their local credit union.

Read More

New report from IPPR
Jumping the Shark: Building institutions to spread access to affordable credit

This report sets out a comprehensive strategy for ending the ‘poverty premium’ faced by many consumers who have no alternative to borrowing from payday lenders.
Launch of the Church Credit Champions Network
27th May, St Martin in the Fields, London
The Church Credit Champions Network is a pilot project in the Dioceses of Southwark, London and Liverpool which aims to connect churches with their local credit union. It will do this by training and resourcing a network of ‘Credit Champions’ who will be the main link between the church congregation and the credit union.
The Debt Trap
The Debt Trap is a new campaign from the Children’s Society about the impact of debt on the lives of children. The campaign was launched with a report from StepChange and The Children’s Society The Debt Trap: Exposing the impact of problem debt on children.
Music video launch
Music producer Charles Bailey and rapper Question Musiq, in partnership with the Church of England, are producing a song and video, aimed at young people, about the dangers of payday loans. The video will be launched in early June.
See the next newsletter for a link to the video.
3rd June 2014, Birmingham
Promoting Responsible Credit
Hear from Sir Hector Sants on the Archbishop’s Task Group and share exciting new initiatives and ideas for promoting responsible credit and savings in your area.
We want to hear from as many areas as possible so please come along if you can and share the date with others.
Support from high street banks
Barclays and Lloyds have both recently demonstrated their support for the credit union sector:
Barclays has committed £1m and promised to provide space in branches and the help of expert staff to local communities and credit unions.
Lloyds has pledged £4m over 4 years as part of their commitment to financial inclusion.
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Church Urban Fund – The Web of Poverty

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 marginalized 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,