Revd Al Barrett is vicar at Hodge Hill Church in Birmingham, and a member of a collective which helps Church Action on Poverty to reflect theologically on our work. We asked him to share a story about how his worship reflects the idea of an ‘outside-in church’.
Some inspiring thinkers have been helping us to develop our vision of how churches could engage better with poor communities. Communications Manager Liam Purcell shares what we learned.
We 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?
Faith communities in post-industrial towns across Scotland are delivering social action to tackle the effects of poverty. On 12 October 2017, in partnership with Action of Churches Together in Scotland and the Conforti Institute, we hosted a gathering of faith-inspired social activists from Scotland’s post-industrial towns alongside leaders from church and civic society, to explore, reflect and share experiences.
Read more in our Stories from the Edge report.
Lynne Cullen, a working-class single mother and Anglican priest, attended our National Poverty Consultation in Manchester on 2-3 November. Here are her reflections on the event.
Our local group in Sheffield has a very successful annual ‘Pilgrimage’ event. Revd Phil Borkett, a regular pilgrim, explains why this is such a powerful event.