Updated 2 February 2017.
Churches and Christian organisations have been concerned for years about growing levels of personal debt and the disproportional effect this has on the poor in various ways.
The following linked resources may be useful to find out more about debt.
This is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s initiative to create a fairer financial system aimed at serving the whole community, providing everyone with access to responsible credit, savings and essential financial services. It will use the national and grassroots resources of the Church of England to support the growth of credit unions, community finance organisations and local financial advice services. It was originally called #TOYOURCREDIT.
A mutual society, savings and loans co-operative owned and controlled by its members. It was formed in a collaboration between the Church of England, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church of Great Britain, the Church in Wales and the Scottish Episcopal Church. In July 2016 it was extended to include eligible members of the United Reformed Church and from January 2017 eligible members of the Catholic Churches in England and Wales, and Scotland were included.
A Church of England campaign originally launched in early 2008, kept up to date with a variety of resources both practical and spiritual responding to the credit crunch.
Prayers to comfort people made redundant, those remaining in the workplace following a round of redundancies, and those in debt.
A campaign network of which Church Action on Poverty is a founder member, which aims to end extortionate lending and ensure universal access to affordable credit and other financial services.
A Christian financial support services charity.
The Evangelical Alliance’s response to the current economic crisis.
A national money education charity.
An open forum which seeks to make people more aware of the pertinence of faith to the economic order.