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Doing Justice to the Land

A Day Conference held at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, on 24 February 2009.

Doing Justice to the Land marked the climax of a three-year project undertaken by the Rev'd Professor John Rodwell, and funded by the Trust. The project developed a critique of the notion of sustainability in the UK, challenging claims that justice is being done to the less material aspirations of communities, their often contested histories and to notions of `belonging’ and ‘place’. It argued that all these things are crucial for `Securing the Future’, as the UK Government calls sustainable development.

At the Conference, chaired by the Bishop of London, the Rt Rev'd Richard Chartres, John Rodwell presented the results of his work in a lecture, Redeeming the Land.

John’s project has led to other initiatives. One is the Heimat Project, which networks German and English ecologists, theologians, practitioners in regeneration and landscape architects, together with those among communities of the faithful in the Christian churches in the UK and Germany with commitments to the importance of place. Stations, another initiative deriving from John’s three-year project, involves the Lancaster-based sculptor Alan Ward cutting and lettering stones which recall specific colliery rail termini in the Dearne Valley in Yorkshire. These were places of significance for generations of coalminers and their families, now expunged from a landscape of forgetfulness. The Stations will mark them, recalling the anamnesis of the Stations of the Cross.

The other keynote speakers were John Handley, Professor of Landscape Restoration at Manchester University on Dereliction & Restoration, and Paul Gough, Professor of Fine Arts at the University of the West of England, who spoke on Contested Remembrance.

In addition there were shorter contributions, which came at the topic from a tangent. Ruth McElroy, of the School of Creative & Cultural Industries at Glamorgan University, reflected on the widespread and deep-reaching responses of TV audiences to the BBC Wales series, Inside Coal House.

Janet Johnson, Director of Groundwork Dearne Valley, presented the moving experience of young people at risk of exclusion from school who engaged in the Bolton-upon-Dearne Allotment Project, who had learned, alongside a broad range of skills, to value the specific place of the allotment.

Lou Wilson, a site-specific theatre artist, who runs the Lou Wilson Company, www.louwilson.com , gave a fascinating account of a project, House, a journey of memories and emotions which transformed two 19th century terrace houses in Huddersfield.

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Welcome to the MB Reckitt Trust

THE MB Reckitt Trust (formerly the Christendom Trust) is

  • a UK registered charity (No. 262394)
  • a grant-giving trust that funds projects concerned with Christian social thought and action
  • an organization that takes initiatives and holds consultations on topics of Christian and social concern.

The aim of the Trust is to promote researches and activities that evaluate and develop social structures, processes and attitudes in order to release energies for change, from the perspective of Christianity.

Trustees are currently wanting to encourage work that supports the following outcome:

Being and building communities that are diverse and cohesive, in order to bring about a stronger society

Within this theme the Trust will prioritize applications focused on:

  1. Constructive communication and understanding between Christianity and the other principal faith traditions;
  2. People of faith engaging in social and political issues;
  3. Shared social action in plural settings;

The Trust will continue to focus its support on thoughtful/qualitative action research that can release energies for change, i.e. producing application and understanding that goes beyond the people or the project involved.

Since its funds are small, the Trust does not fund core activities, nor buildings, bursaries, but seeks to support work that has an element of research and innovation, with the likelihood of wider dissemination, replication or policy change.

With increasing competition for scarcer funds, the Trustees' strategy is to support work where their funding will make the largest difference. Grants rarely fall outside the £500-£10,000 range. The total number of grants will therefore be few, and predominantly awarded within the UK and Ireland. Grants may be given in association with other charities, if this is a means of achieving the Trust’s aims. The Trust prefers not to collaborate in quasi-governmental action research.

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