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Linking Lives UK – Video launch

Linking Lives UK – a Christian project addressing social isolation and loneliness

You will no doubt be aware that loneliness and social isolation are issues of increasing concern in the UK, and Church Urban Fund have found that almost 70% of Anglican clergy see loneliness as the biggest issue in their communities.
You may also be aware that the government produced a Loneliness Strategy last November (2018) and we are working with them, along with other Christian organisations, to discuss the role of churches and faith groups in addressing these issues.
It is against this background that we launched a promotional film outlining our work, and we are looking for partners from churches and Christian organisations who would be interested in working with us to set up a Linking Lives befriending project in their community. The short film can be found on our website where further information can be downloaded.

Jeremy Sharpe, National Director, 10 May 2019

Click to view the Video!

This information is supplied by:

Jeremy Sharpe
National Director, Linking Lives UK

Tel: 0300 302 0225
Web: www.linkinglives.uk

Linking Lives UK – Registered Charity No: 1170325

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Germinate lecture 2019

SALT, LIGHT AND FEET OF CLAY
CELEBRATING THE MINISTRY OF LAY PEOPLE

(Strapline from advert for the event May 2019)

With George Dunn
CEO, Tenant Farmers Association

George Dunn has been CEO of the Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) since January 1997 and is on the leadership team of his local, Reading-based, Elim Pentecostal church

WEDNESDAY 15 MAY 2019
10 am-2 pm

Cost: £20.00

Location: John Kirkham Hall
King’s Park Conference and Sports Centre
Kings Park Road, Northampton
NN3 6LL

Please book online by going to germinate.net and searching ‘Germinate Lecture’. For more information email leadership@germinate.net or phone 024 7685 3060.
Please inform us of any dietary requirements in advance

Often when we think about church and leadership we think immediately of clergy of various descriptions. But what about head teachers, office managers, newspaper editors, financial controllers, magistrates, farm managers, school governors, youth football coaches, scout leaders and chief executives?In rural, suburban and urban communities across the UK, congregations are peppered with individuals such as these with spheres of influence that may never be touched by traditional forms of leadership within our churches.

Exercising Christian leadership in a secular context requires wisdom, sensitivity and strength. How can our rural churches find ways to nurture, support, protect and grow the leaders in our communities? And what might those leaders have to offer to our churches?

This event is for anyone who is interested in the nature and exercise of leadership in the rural church. Whether you’re a clergy person, lay leader, involved in a rural church or just curious, we’d love to see you!

OUTLINE OF THE DAY:
10.00: Coffee
10.30: Lecture and Q&A
12.00: Lunch
1:00 Celebration of completion of Germinate Leadership 2017-19
2.00: Close

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Mental health & wellbeing

Thinking of mental health and wellbeing, the Church has a great deal to say about what it means to be human with all its fragility, weakness and vulnerability alongside capacity for growth, development, wholeness, healing and the building of relationships. It is also able to offer alternatives to state provision and thinking about health and care.

Study day – Birmingham – 10 July 2018

The Social Responsibility Network arranged a study day for members and colleagues to share ideas, experience and resources on work with mental health and wellbeing and to talk about areas where the Church can make a contribution or a difference. Underpinning the conversations during the day was the fundamental importance of honouring the reality and gifting of each individual, using an asset-based community development approach in working with mental health and co-production with ‘experts by experience.’

Key Issues identified

Discussions in the morning identified a number of key issues that were addressed in more detail in workshops in the afternoon:

• Contextualised services and support for people moving back into the community.
• Theology and language used around mental health and wellbeing.
• Resources that are available, and what is missing that would be helpful. (A list of resources is now available!)
• Liturgy and spirituality. (see one example on this subject here!)
• Links between the Church and other professional organisations and services.
• Issues for dioceses.
• Campaigning and prevention. (For example Zero Suicide Alliance)

Top three discussion points…

Three sentences captured the thinking of the group discussions in the morning:
• No decision about me without me.
• Wellbeing and recovery depends on patient, personal agency.
• Broken people together can make whole communities.

Final thoughts

Some comments and questions from the day:
• There is more hope that a faithful parish church will be able to provide support than diocesan structures. It offers features that promote mental health – connection, belonging, identity, acceptance, meaning, a role, etc. But don’t give up on the diocese!
• Symptoms, not causes, are often being addressed.
• We can share insight that mental illness can be a spiritual / transformative experience.
• What will be the role of the Church in the political / social / economic map in the next 10-years? We need to begin to engage with these issues now.
• How do we make connections with other professionals and join things together? A good start would be to talk to people already in our churches who are working in mental health.
• Campaigns are based on engagement – does the Church own its investment in mental health?
• Talk to the most vulnerable people in the church about a spirituality that works for them.
• Affirm the importance of communities, love and relationships.
• Where is God calling me?

Prepared by Ann Wright, SRN, 2/8/2018

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stories for the soul

Weekly e-bulletin from Sheffield – 27 November 2018

Click to view!

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

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

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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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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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