UPDATED: 2 May 2018. Revd Martin Kettle, policy advisor to the Church of England (writing in a personal capacity), argues that Christians do not want a hostile environment but want to love everyone and that means illegal immigrants too. He says the thread of Christian values running through our country’s self-identity has a real and […]
Churches have long been concerned with fairness in society, particularly related to poverty and homelessness. Here we detail the involvement of the Churches in Britain and Ireland in social justice.
Poverty and homelessness
Details of churches and Christian organisations involved in poverty and homelessness issues are listed under Economics and Poverty.
Churches and Christian organisations are also campaigning against tax dodging by large corporations which deprives governments here and abroad of funds that could be used to help the less well off (hidden offshore wealth has been estimated at as much as $36 trillion). These include:
Church leaders are among those outraged by the treatment of the ‘Windrush generation’ – those who arrived in the UK between 1948 and 1971 from Caribbean countries – with many supporting a petition to be debated in the UK Parliament on 30 April 2018. The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) and Liberty […]
Faith communities in post-industrial towns across Scotland are delivering social action to tackle the effects of poverty and to try to create a Good Society. Many of these projects are dealing with ever-growing need and are stretched thin. Everyone is aware of the effects of poverty in big cities, but less attention is paid to […]
Movement Day UK is a two day gathering of Church leaders, and leaders and practitioners (emerging and established) from many areas of society, who share a heart for the transformation of their towns and cities. It takes place at Westminster Central Hall, London on 6-7 October 2017. It is aimed at those who share a […]
The Centre for Theology and Justice was launched at Luther King House in Manchester on 10 May 2017. It is the culmination of various collaborations between Christian Aid, Church Action on Poverty, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and Luther King House, and aims to be ‘a space and an opportunity for sharing reflections, resources […]
This new resource from the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) is designed to bring people together and help churches explore the important underlying questions about the sort of society we wish to live in, and to leave to future generations, following the UK referendum to leave the European Union (EU). It recognises that talking about […]
Think tank, Theos, has followed up its ten year anniversary report looking at the future of Christianity in the UK with a series on its blog. The Theos report, Doing Good: A Future for Christianity in the 21st Century, put forward the concept of ‘Social Liturgy’ – doing good without overt proselytism (while always being […]
Homeless Sunday, a partnership between Housing Justice in England and Wales, and Scottish Churches Housing Action in Scotland, is an opportunity for Christians to pray for those in their own community who are homeless, consider practical steps they could take and voice their own concern about the scandal of homeless. In 2017, there will be a […]
This year’s Church Action on Poverty Sunday will be on 26 February in 2017. This corresponds with ‘Transfiguration Sunday’ in many churches marking the Transfiguration of Jesus. On Church Action on Poverty Sunday 2017, you are invited to help transform and transfigure the Church. Pope Francis and other church leaders have called on Christians to […]
What does Pope Francis’s challenge to be a ‘church of the poor’ actually mean? This is the theme of Church Action on Poverty’s annual conference from 10am to 4pm on Sat 19 November 2016 at Cross Street Chapel, Manchester. The conference will address: What is our shared vision of a Good Society? How does a […]