Sunday 12 August 2018. An annual joint prayer for peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula has been composed by the Korean Christian Federation Central Committee (North Korea) and the National Council of Churches in Korea (South Korea), for use by churches who may wish to use it on Sunday 12th August 2018, the weekend before […]
Continuing from last week’s focus on Christian unity, we bring a reflection from our materials from the 2015 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, The Well is Deep. They are based on John 4:1-42 where Jesus was compelled to go through Samaria and met a Samaritan woman at a well, where Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’.
The issue As we prepare materials for the 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we look back to a previous year and ask ‘Is Christ divided’? Our resources for 2014 were based around Paul’s provocative question in 1 Corinthians, ‘Has Christ been divided?’ In faith we respond, ‘No!’ yet our church communities continue to […]
There can appear to be a clash between caring for the poor and caring for the planet. All the talk about tackling global warming, about carbon footprints, greener lifestyles and the need for renewable energy might seem to take us away from focussing on justice for the world’s most vulnerable people. Yet this is a false dilemma. The fact is that it is the world’s poor who are suffering first and suffering worst in a world affected by avoidable Climate Change.
The issue Crisis has launched a plan to end homelessness in Great Britain, called Everybody In, endorsed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The charity says rough sleeping levels in England have increased by 132% since 2010 and by 16% since 2015, and 58,000 households were accepted by local authorities as homeless in 2015/16, […]
Today, 244 million people are on the move as international migrants and over 65 million people have been forced to move. Refugee Week runs from 18-24 June 2018 with Sanctuary Sunday taking place on 24 June 2018. Our reflection this week was written by Inderjit Bhogal and comes from our 2015 Racial Justice Sunday material. Inderjit has made a version of the resource available for Sanctuary Sunday.
Over 1.5 million people were destitute in the UK in 2017 says a new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). This week we continue exploring what the Bible teaches about poverty, again based around our 2014 Lent course. Churches have a special interest in speaking about poverty – the Bible teaches us that the voices of the vulnerable and underprivileged must be heard by the rich and powerful.
Update 4 May 2018. Bilingual Welsh/English version now available to download. This practical theological resource uses the document Christian Witness in a Multi-religious World: Recommendations for Conduct produced by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA). It aims to help you: Gain a practical understanding towards application of the guidelines. Provide […]
‘What does a church of the poor look like?’ This question was asked recently by Church Action on Poverty. The phrase originates from Pope Francis, who said he wanted ‘a poor Church, for the poor’. In this Weekly Focus, based around our 2014 Lent course, Parables and possessions, we encourage you to consider how being poor in Britain and Ireland in the 21st century invites more ridicule than sympathy.
While 176 states ratified the UN climate change agreement in Paris two years ago, the big remaining issue is climate finance – poorer countries need the funding they have been promised for emissions reductions to be delivered. As Christians, we have responsibilities to care for the poor and the planet. So we need to be aware of the issues and know what we can do both as individuals and as churches.