How has austerity affected Christian engagement with poverty and what are the theological motivations which underpin it?
Church Action on Poverty is partnering with universities in a major new three year research project to explore this question. The organisation says it is the first evidence-led academic theological analysis of the impact that austerity has had on the Christian engagement with urban poverty.
It aims to facilitate the development of:
- Better informed government policy
- More effective faith-based activism
- Reductions in urban social exclusion and inequality
- Dr Chris Shannahan, Research Fellow in Faith and Peaceful Relations at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University.
- Professor Robert Beckford, Professor of Theology and Culture in the African Diaspora at Canterbury Christ Church University.
- Professor Peter Scott, Samuel Ferguson Professor of Applied Theology & Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute at the University of Manchester
- Dr Stephanie Denning, Research Associate at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University.
- Church Action Poverty, a national ecumenical Christian social justice charity, committed to tackling poverty in the UK.
From 2018-2021 the project will be producing resources including animated videos on faith and poverty, reports, policy documents, and resources for churches and groups responding to poverty.
For more details see Life on the Breadline website.