Christian responses to poverty: community not charity

Life on the Breadline_communityAt the start of November 2018, Church Action on Poverty and our partners at ‘Life on the Breadline’ held a National Poverty Consultation in Manchester, drawing together many people in the churches who are involved in tackling poverty and injustice. At an opening panel on ‘Church of the Poor’, campaigner Stef Benstead shared these thoughts on Christian responses to poverty.

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Love and hunger in breadline Britain

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Credit: United States Department of Agriculture/Bob Nichols. CC0 Public Domain.

Chris Shannahan introduces a new project, being supported by Church Action on Poverty: working for a a moral and spiritual revolution to replace the culture of shame with a politics of love and solidarity.

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Extra resources for Church Action on Poverty Sunday: thoughts on the rich young man

Voices from the Margins logo no straplineWe usually read Jesus’ interaction with the rich young man in Mark’s Gospel as being addressed to one person with wealth. Sue Richardson from Christian Aid suggests it could be interpreted as an invitation to the whole church, following Pope Francis’ appeal for “a poor church, of the poor”. This reflection includes questions for groups to explore the idea – why not use it on Church Action on Poverty Sunday?

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