Over the past month, we have been exploring what it means to Love, Pray, Vote, as we head to the polling booth on Thursday. New political challenges make the call to love those around us through the way we engage in this election particularly pertinent. As we cast our vote, how can we carry with us the voice of the common good? You can find resources to help you explore this below. In an advent season, we wait in anticipation for God’s arrival among us. And when God does come, he can be found as a child, with those normally kept on the margins called in close and a message of triumphant humility in his heart. … follow the link below to read on…
Since we last spoke, a lot has happened. We passed the October 31 Brexit deadline, and remained in the EU. After a series of votes, a General Election was called for December 12.
Over the past few months, the Brexit impasse has divided and coarsened debate, and has limited our ability to push for change on issues of justice and peace. This election is about more than just Brexit – it is an opportunity to call for justice and peace through our decision making. That’s why this campaign period, we’re inviting you to engage deeply and lovingly with those around you, and the options before us. Find out more below.
This month, we’ve seen the power of collective action. Over 100 of you wrote to your MPs, and we finally received a reply from the PM to our letter expressing concerns about the effect of a no-deal Brexit on those locked in poverty. Our Church leaders have spent time at the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences, and you’ve started buying tickets to our conference. You can find out about all of this, and more. However, we realise that being people who care about justice and peace has been particularly tricky over the last few months. There hasn’t been much peace in UK political life, and the coming months do not look any less tumultuous. … click the link to read on…
Tackling Modern Day Slavery Amongst Homeless Individuals
As winter arrives, churches and communities across the UK are opening their churches and community centres and running night shelters to provide a warm bed to those who have nowhere else to go. But homeless people are still vulnerable to another danger: modern slavery.
Homeless people across the UK are being targeted by people who want to exploit them for profit. They will recruit them on the streets, at soup kitchens, and at night shelters, promising them a job and a place to stay.
“When people are in such a desperate situation, you’re at such a low ebb in terms of your confidence, self-esteem, your self-worth, and you’re prime to being exploited.”
Mark Brennan, Shelter Projects Coordinator, Housing Justice