Category Archives: Social action

Losing their religion: why Christian charities lose their ethos

It cannot be disputed that Churches are very good at establishing social action projects. In recent years this is illustrated by the high-profile rise of church-based Food Banks, Night Shelters, debt services and a whole range of street outreach.  Organisations like The Trussell … Continue reading

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Love without structures: learning from the collapse of Kid’s Company

This week the BBC screened a fascinating documentary, Camila’s Kid’s Company: the Inside Story, on the demise of the famous children’s charity. What made the programme so compelling was its intimate portrayal of the Chief Executive, Camila Batmanghelidjh.  We see her close-up, … Continue reading

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Honour where it’s due: Neil Jameson, Citizens UK and the difference between profile and genuine influence

I am not a big fan of the Honours system which awards Knighthoods, CBEs, OBEs and MBEs every year. Again this year there has been controversy over political bias in the awards as the director of the Conservative election campaign, … Continue reading

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R&R’s Christmas Quiz: Activists who have changed the world

Time for an R&R Christmas quiz! Can you name these 12 activists who have put their Christian faith into action and helped to change the world: How many do you reckon you have got? For the answers and a little bit more about each … Continue reading

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Faith without deeds: the dis-integration of student Christianity

When I started at Hull University in 1991, I joined three societies at the ‘freshers fair’.  Firstly, the Cricket Club, secondly, the Christian Union and thirdly, the Student Community Action organisation, which was called HUSSO. Community action HUSSO (Hull University Social … Continue reading

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Faith Full Service? Integrating Christian faith alongside high quality social care, 4th November, central London

Date:   Wednesday 4th November 2015, 9.30am – 4.00pm Venue: Hinde Street Methodist Church, London, W1U 2QJ Cost:    £15.00, including lunch For more details and to book a place please go to Eventbrite In an increasingly secular environment, tensions … Continue reading

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Social action, or gospel-centred mission? A story of GrowTH – by Tony Uddin

Yesterday in a church in East London, a cross section of the community gathered to celebrate the 5th anniversary of GrowTH, the Tower Hamlets Churches night shelter for homeless people. The place was packed, literally standing room only. The crowd … Continue reading

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For God’s Sake Make a Difference

It cannot be disputed that Churches are very good at establishing social action projects. Recent years have seen a huge growth in projects such as Foodbanks, Night Shelters and a wide range of other initiatives. The big challenge is how … Continue reading

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Isolation and loneliness destroys lives…but we can do something about it – by Jeremy Sharpe

The film Castaway focuses on one man, Chuck Noland (played by Tom Hanks) who has been marooned alone on an uninhabited island.  As well as his frantic efforts to find enough food, warmth and shelter to survive, the film also depicts his … Continue reading

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Endurance inspired by hope: why churches remain at the heart of tackling poverty

A while ago an atheist friend of mine who also works with homeless people said to me: ‘My motives are purer than yours.  I do this work simply to help people, you do it so you can get into heaven.’ I did my … Continue reading

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