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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 of them see here.  Many of these people are now relatively famous for their achievements.… Continue reading R&R’s Christmas Quiz: Activists who have changed the world

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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 Services Organisation) was, and remains, an incredible organisation.  Back in those days, it organised over… Continue reading Faith without deeds: the dis-integration of student Christianity

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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 frequently emerge between a Christian ethos and the delivery of professional social care. This has… Continue reading Faith Full Service? Integrating Christian faith alongside high quality social care, 4th November, central London

Homelessness, Social action

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 diverse. Christians, Muslims, those of other faiths and those of none. The marginalised celebrating alongside… Continue reading Social action, or gospel-centred mission? A story of GrowTH – by Tony Uddin

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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 these projects maintain their Christian ethos and integrate this alongside their high quality practical service. I know… Continue reading For God’s Sake Make a Difference

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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 mental struggle with extreme isolation and loneliness. One of the key factors in Chuck's survival is… Continue reading Isolation and loneliness destroys lives…but we can do something about it – by Jeremy Sharpe

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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 best to explain that while I am motivated by my faith, I have never seen… Continue reading Endurance inspired by hope: why churches remain at the heart of tackling poverty

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Alan Henning: a ripple of hope in a world of injustice

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls… Continue reading Alan Henning: a ripple of hope in a world of injustice

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The dis-integration of Christian social action

In the last 15 years there has been huge growth in social action projects established by churches. The rise of Food Banks has probably been the most high profile example but there has also been a massive increase in Church-run Night Shelters and debt advice services. These newer initiatives have joined well-established projects which have… Continue reading The dis-integration of Christian social action

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From the DRC to London: helping Theodore realise his hope of education – by Rachel Henry

Theodore*, 18, comes from the North East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He was brought up in a region where there are regular attacks on civilians by armed groups.  When he was a child, his family fled an attack on their village and settled in a camp for internally displaced people on the outskirts… Continue reading From the DRC to London: helping Theodore realise his hope of education – by Rachel Henry