Poverty, Social action

Tranforming communities: what the world can learn from the Philippines – by Tom Graham

It’s a village community Christmas party, and a bunch of over-enthusiastic men are on stage, dressed as lady boys, dancing enthusiastically to the repetitive and yet (dare I say it?) catchy tune of Gangnam Style. Whilst everyone enjoys the show, you imagine these Alpha-males will regret their performance the next day. So far, this Filipino… Continue reading Tranforming communities: what the world can learn from the Philippines – by Tom Graham

Social action

Lament, protest and resistance – by Keith Hebden

I met recently with Manohar, a South Indian priest and activist, in his office in central Bengaluru (Bangalore). Manohar is a Dalit and a determined champion of the rights of the Dalits whose spiritual and political solidarity with the oppressed are integral to each other. He told me of a community of Dalits whose job it… Continue reading Lament, protest and resistance – by Keith Hebden

Homelessness, Social action

Homelessness: how the Church still offers hospitality and hope

Two major events happening in November show why the Church continues has such an important role in addressing  homelessness. Firstly, on November 8th there is the Annual Service of Commemoration for homeless people who have died in the past year which is held every year at St Martins-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square. This is always a… Continue reading Homelessness: how the Church still offers hospitality and hope

Social action

The Paralympics, Stoke Mandeville and the Church in Action – by Martin Kuhrt

Dr Ludwig Guttmann was the founding father of the Paralympics.  He was an eminent Jewish doctor who had fled Nazi Germany just before the start of the Second World War and became head of the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville, near Aylesbury.  There, 'Poppa' Guttmann, organised the first Stoke Mandeville Games in 1948 which began… Continue reading The Paralympics, Stoke Mandeville and the Church in Action – by Martin Kuhrt

Social action

Going Beyond ‘the Project’: why we need to be less professional and more radical – by Anna Hembury

The defining, shaping character of Christian youth and community work is the Incarnation - Jesus’ birth, life death and resurrection. This presumably means we are confident that Jesus had a pretty good grasp of what constitutes “good practice” so the standards by which we might measure “being professional” should first and foremost be from an… Continue reading Going Beyond ‘the Project’: why we need to be less professional and more radical – by Anna Hembury

Social action

If you want to go fast, go alone – if you want to go further, go together

Aylesbury I have just had a great weekend with my brother's family in Aylesbury.  My brother Martin is Chairman of the Aylesbury Churches Network and they put on a brilliant Fun Day as part of the Town's Park Life weekend where around 4000 people came for football, bouncy castles, face painting, burgers and loads of great games.  Everything was free… Continue reading If you want to go fast, go alone – if you want to go further, go together

Social action

The best conference for Christian social activists

If you involved in Christian social action then you know that time away from the front line is precious.  You can't afford to go to conferences which are disorganised or cynical or which are not going to inspire and encourage you. I am slightly biased because I used to work there but I have no doubt in… Continue reading The best conference for Christian social activists

Social action

The 7 Deadly Sins of Managing People Badly…

Another letter from a senior to a junior devil… (with apologies to C.S. Lewis) Dear Wormwood, I write to you today on the subject of managing people – the art of supporting and encouraging people to do their job well. As you know, churches and Christian organisations are employing an increasing numbers of paid staff. Now,… Continue reading The 7 Deadly Sins of Managing People Badly…

Social action

Livability Community Mission Advisor (London)

There is a great job going within the team I used to be part of: Community Mission Advisor Central London Salary:    £33,221.16 per year including ILW Hours:   Full time, 35 hours per week Do you have a passion to see communities transformed? Can you inspire and equip others for action? "You'll be known as those… Continue reading Livability Community Mission Advisor (London)