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End Hunger UK – Campaign

Everybody should have access to good food.
Nobody should have to go to bed hungry.

www.endhungeruk.org
#endhungeruk

Hello food poverty campaigners!

18,378! That’s how many people signed the End Hunger UK petition to ask Theresa May to fix Universal Credit!

We had a last-minute rush: our colleague Hannah-Mae, who works at The Trussell Trust, arrived at work on the Monday morning before the hand-in to a HUGE pile of envelopes and over 6,000 new signatures!

Thank you so much to everyone who signed the petition, got other people to sign the petition or who raised awareness of the petition.

A group of people who have experienced the problems associated with Universal Credit either first-hand, or through working with claimants, dropped it off at 10 Downing Street. Unfortunately the Prime Minister didn’t come to accept it from them.  (We weren’t expecting her to, but it would have been great as we could have told her exactly what she needs to do to make Universal Credit fit for purpose!)

We got some great press coverage, including a big piece in The Mirror.

Obviously the battle is not won yet, but we raised lots of awareness and it is this constant pressure and highlighting of the issues that will hopefully lead to real change. Well done everyone.

With very best wishes,

Annie

Photocredit: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

Annie Connolly
Interim Campaign Manager
End Hunger UK
0161 872 9294 / 0745 568 8535
@EndHunger_UK
Church Action on Poverty, 28 Sandpiper Court, Water’s Edge Business Park,
Modwen Road, Salford M5 3EZ

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Sharing the Gift Of Meditation

Grant Fund:
Sharing the Gift of Christian Meditation

CUF is working with the World Community for Christian Meditation on this small grants fund to enable more people to find out about meditation, help them develop their own personal and group practices and through this, reach out to the wider world.

The fund has three key objectives:

  1. To promote the understanding and practice of meditation. For example, is there a particular group of people you want to introduce to meditation? How can you do that?
  2. To encourage meditators to deepen their practice. For example, do you have ideas for helping people persevere and go deeper?
  3. To reach out to all parts of society in order to share the gifts that meditation brings. For example, do you particularly want to take meditation out to people and places beyond the reach of churches, or where traditional language isn’t readily understood.

Grants are available from £100 to £5,000 or more.

Further information is available here (Click!)

This information came from – Amy Page
DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, CUF

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!

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Modern Day Slavery

BBC National News in July 2018

Here are links to BBC articles on this topical subject:

“Slavery victims complete college course”

Click to read the BBC News article!

“Modern slavery law review as gangs ‘evolve’ “

Click to read the BBC News article!

“Trafficked and forced into prostitution”

Click to view the BBC News Video article!


Virtual College

Here is another useful resource on this subject:

“NCA: Modern slavery is more prevalent than previously thought”

Click to view the ‘Virtual College’ article!

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Community Engagement – Livability

Mental Health in the community

Click here to reach the full newsletter !

The March 2018 edition includes an article by David Primrose entitled:

Let’s change the culture of our churches by lifting the lid on mental health

Other articles in this edition include:

Christians in Practice – connecting discipleship and community engagement

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SRN 2017 Annual Conference: Summary Report

Between Glory and Grief: the precarious wonder of the Body of Christ

Here is the Summary Report of the SRN Annual Conference, held 24-26 October 2017, at Luther King House, Manchester

Click here to reach the report! (This report is freely available)

The following list links to five further reports from Conference 2017 . Items 2-4 cover the three main sessions

(Please note, access to these documents requires a password, available with membership of SRN)

  1. Introduction to Manchester, Bishop David.
  2. Whose body is grievable? Session One
  3. The precarious body in the outer estate. Session Two
  4. The precarious body as glorious other. Session Three
  5. Community sponsorship of refugees

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Calling People of Goodwill

The Bible Reading Fellowship

Calling People of Goodwill: The Bible and the Common Good

We are living in turbulent times with religious, political and social divisions challenging our identity and common life. So what kinds of conversation and encounter will help us move forward? The common good is a means to seek the welfare of all people and this new Booklet from Bible Society in collaboration with Together for the Common Good, explores how Christians of all traditions, can build the common good – both now, and for future generations.

Looking at what the Bible can show us about the common good, we have chosen six short passages from the Old and New Testaments which prompt reflection, discussion, prayer and action.

It isn’t easy to respond to God’s call to live for the common good. It requires us to be people with the courage to stay in the room, negotiate and keep dialogue going by recognising the humanity of everyone, including those with whom we disagree. This is a Booklet for our times.

 

Calling People of Goodwill: The Bible and the Common Good

Available @ £3.99 from: biblesociety.org.uk/commongood

Follow us on social media using: #commongood

Bible Fellowship

Modern Day Slavery

The Church of England

Mission and Public Affairs Division (MPA)

…launched on 31 May 2017, The Clewer Initiative’s website to assist dioceses detect the instances of modern day slavery and to care for the victims. The website has some wonderful resources to assist parishes and dioceses as well as individuals to think through suitable responses.

Click this link to visit the site now!

The Clewer Initiative will be producing a monthly newsletter which anyone can subscribe to. You can also follow The Clewer Initiative on twitter @theclewer

Many thanks, Charles

Dr Charles Reed
Foreign Policy Advisor

Blog: www.reimaginingeurope.co.uk
Twitter: @ReimaginingE

The Church of England
Mission and Public Affairs Division
Church House
Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3AZ