Today, a new resource is being launched for churches who want to be more inclusive of congregation members who are in poverty. It contains notes and ideas from Church Action on Poverty – and a testimony from Revd Ali Dorey, based on her experiences of our own ‘Listen Up’ project. In this video clip and extract, Ali explains how she was herself changed simply by listening to people’s stories.
In Sheffield, the Listen Up! programme is helping local churches to hear the stories of people in poor communities, and work together for change. It’s an example of Church Action on Poverty’s ‘partner church’ work. In this guest blog, Revd Ali Dorey shares some of the stories that have emerged.
‘What I need is a good listening to’. That was the headline, a few years ago, of a powerful ad campaign run by the Children’s Society. Not the ‘good talking to’ from a cross adult, more familiar to many children. But adults need ‘a good listening to’, too.
In this guest blog, Revd Al Barratt writes about how an idea developed through our work with partner churches is helping his parish in Birmingham.
The challenges posed by current benefit changes, public sector cuts and wider economic recession have been described as a ‘perfect storm’. But do we, let alone politicians, really understand what that looks like to those living with the day-to-day reality?