Tag Archives: Poverty

St John the Baptist Church: Communion, Sanctuary and Citizens

St John the BaptistOn Day 2 we started with a Eucharist at St John the Baptist Church and were welcomed by Rev’d Canon Dr Sarah Rowland Jones and then heard from the founder of the Women Seeking Sanctuary Action Group, a Cameroonian refugee Constance Nzeneu, and then from Jonathan Cox about Cardiff Citizens.

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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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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 …

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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.

Poverty Hearing

Revd David Primrose, Director of Transforming Communities, Lichfield Diocese writes:

We had our first poverty hearing ten days ago, with four partnerships of churches from areas of greater and lesser deprivation reporting back. There is a two minute video on:

www.lichfield.anglican.org/ournews/for-richer-for-poorer-hearing-stories-of-poverty-and-partnership/

The partnerships are continuing, and next year (2015) the Dean will be inviting us to Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday 13th June 2015.

David

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 marginalised 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,

Bethany

 

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 Co-ordinator, Mission & Public Affairs, Church of England

Read the full article at http://charityemail.org.uk/244X-2AD2U-59F8WF0L59/cr.aspx