Does the church hide faith in social action?

Is it too busy with social action to pursue social justice?

Summit of Christian community leaders debates direction of social policy

Community launch of Christians on the Left 

Christian community workers will get together next month to ask vital questions about the direction of social policy in this country. The recession has left many people in poverty, with demand for both payday loans and food banks rising rapidly. Despite the lack of support in government for its own 'Big Society' agenda, the church has helped fill the gap by supporting communities across the country.

Christian community workers will get together next month to ask vital questions about the direction of social policy in this country. The recession has left many people in poverty, with demand for both payday loans and food banks rising rapidly. Despite the lack of support in government for its own 'Big Society' agenda, the church has helped fill the gap by supporting communities across the country.

 

The Summit, organised by Christians on the Left, will ask whether the church risks simply becoming a service provider rather than being known for its distinctive faith. The Summit will also ask if the church risks simply treating the victims of social injustice rather than our economic and social system itself.

 

The Summit boasts an impressive line-up of speakers. They have been the chief instigators of the explosion in Christian social action in the last few years.

Chris Mould – CEO Foodbank Network (Trussell Trust)

Alison Gelder – CEO Housing Justice

Matt Barlow – CEO Christians Against Poverty

Annie Kirke – Bishop’s Missional Community Co-ordinator for London

Kevin Davies – CEO The Vine Trust

Graham Miller - CEO London City Mission

Jon Kuhrt – CEO West London Mission

They will also be leading facilitated networking sessions.

 

Andy Flannagan, director of Christians on the Left, said:

"Christian leaders in community action will be exchanging ideas and experiences at the Summit, developing new thinking on how the church can be a better witness to the values of God's kingdom. The Summit is the place to be for Christians involved in social action."

 

The Summit will be held on 18 February at 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Vauxhall Community Centre/Foodbank in central London. Full details are at www.christiansontheleft.org.uk .

 

Christians on the Left will hold its community launch at the same event, highlighting its recent name change from the 'Christian Socialist Movement'. Christians on the Left, affiliated to but independent of the Labour Party, supports Christian political action on the left of politics in the UK.

 

Andy Flannagan said:

"Part of our mission in politics is to serve the church by being a bridge into politics. We link concern  for social justice with political action to fight against poverty and inequality."

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