Churches can be places offering a huge amount of service and support to those who live with a lack of economic power. At the same time, some living in poverty often experience exclusion from faith communities, and there are things that churches could do better to ensure this doesn’t happen. The resources here are to support our churches in this work.
Britain is one of the world’s largest economies, and yet people are going hungry. Millions of people have visited foodbanks in the UK since 2013, and thousands of people are admitted to hospital in the UK for malnutrition each year. One in five mothers report regularly skipping meals to better feed their children, and even more families are just one unexpected bill away from waking up with empty cupboards. Over half of people using foodbanks have been put in that situation by cut backs to and failures in the benefit system, whether it be payment delays or punitive sanctions. For more facts and figures on poverty in the UK, go to our partner Church Action on Poverty's website.
Poverty: The Inclusive Church Resource
The Inclusive Church Resource book series is published by Darton Longman and Todd.
Designed as resource books for churches, each book has an introduction, theological reflection, stories from lived experience and a practical resource section
There are 6 books in the series.
Disability by John Hull
Mental Health by Jean Vanier and John Swinton.
Sexuality by Susannah Cornwall
Poverty by Susan Durber.
Ethnicity by Michael Jagessar
Gender by Rosemary Lain Priestley.
The book on Poverty has an introduction by Inclusive Church trustee Savi Hensman. Susan Durber is Theology Advisor for Christian Aid. The book contains stories of lived experience from individuals and churches. The resource section is drawn together by Church Action on Poverty.
This is a really exciting project for Inclusive Church and we are proud to be working in partnership with DLT.
A comment in from someone who has read the first 2 books:
"Have just received the first books, and dived into one of them. They are excellent, and all churches should have them for the clergy, and PCC."