Our Weekly Focus features a reflection on a topical issue. The latest is based around Refugee Week, which runs from 18-24 June 2018, and Sanctuary Sunday, taking place on 24 June 2018. Refugee Week and Sanctuary Sunday 18-24 June 2018 Today, 244 million people are on the move as international migrants and over 65 million […]
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.
‘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.
The issue In the 12 months until March 2017, police in England and Wales recorded 2,255 modern slavery offences (although there is an estimated tens of thousands of offences), according to a new report from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA). ‘The barbaric nature of modern slavery means it destroys the lives of its […]
Following the Windrush scandal and calls for the UK government to re-think its immigration policies, we continue our focus on welcoming the stranger. This week’s reflection comes from our resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018, which uses material originated by the Caribbean churches. Although many traditionally observe the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity during January each year, some also observe it during Pentecost.
In a reaction to the Windrush scandal, calls have been made for the UK government to re-think its immigration policies. But what is the Biblical perspective? As followers of Jesus do we have any option but to welcome the stranger and to share good hospitality?
The issue Latest figures from the Trussell Trust show that foodbank use in the UK has increased 13% over last year, with the organisation having distributed 1.3 million three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. Over 480,000 of these went to children. According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation two thirds of working-age adults […]
Syria is home to one of the oldest Christian communities in the world but with the conflict entering it eighth year is rarely out of the news. For this Weekly Focus we are asked to consider how the life of Jesus helps us to respond in love and faithfulness to the plight of our fellow Christians.