Richard Kirlew: ‘Mostly hills and sheep’

2014-10-07 18.57.29Mostly Hills and Sheep; a Rural View offered by Revd Richard Kirlew, National Lead Rural Life Adviser, Church in Wales.

Richard has a passion for rurality and finds this means pushing boundaries and working outside the box, with farmers, farming unions, charities and very small rural communities, pub ministry.

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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,



Archbishop’s Task Group on Responsible Credit and Savings Update

MARCH 2014

Welcome to our regular e-mail update on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s initiative to promote credit unions and other sources of responsible credit and savings.

Please forward this to anyone who might be interested, or respond on Twitter using the hashtag #goodcredit

We are conscious that many churches are already involved in supporting credit unions and tackling debt in their community.  Please keep us in touch with what is happening in your area.

Thank you for your interest.

Polly Taylor, Task Group Coordinator, Mission & Public Affairs, Church of England

Read the full article at

Dying Matters Awareness Week

from David McCoulough, Director of Partnerships & Mission, Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham

I was wondering if any colleagues have linked in with Dying Matters Awareness Week in May (Annually)

Does national church have any connection with this?

I am involved with a local Clinical Commissioning Group End of Life team and we have a sub group looking at Spirituality and End of life planning and care.



updated 14/11/18 djs

Church Responses to Domestic Abuse – IAFN Newsletter

From Janice Price, World Mission Policy Adviser, Mission and Public Affairs Division

You may already get this through other networks, but it is an interesting read. This theme focuses on domestic abuse and measures being taken by church groups around the world to prevent it and support those who have suffered abuse , Ann

Church Responses to Domestic Abuse

(Update 14/11/2018, DJS, notice that the web site [] linked to at the end of the 12-page newsletter, no longer exists)