Releasing the Talents aims, both practically and theologically, to answer the question: Debt Advice and Credit Unions: What can Churches do next? Through ‘action learning’ the project will trial a variety of approaches to help individuals-in-community manage their personal finances in a more effective manner that is financially realistic, community focused and expressive of the theological and liturgical resources of the Church. Part of this is recognizing mutuality, reciprocity and abundance within our networks of civic society. Releasing the Talents will be aiming for replication and scaleability, that is, the project will aim to be sustainable and the lessons learnt shared with interested stakeholders so that a successful model can be replicated. [website]
Some recent beneficiaries of the Trust
Food for Thought at its simplest level is a project to help people cook healthy and nutritious meals on a small budget. Diet is a major contributor to poor health and processed food is often more costly than food prepared and cooked at home. "Food for Thought" will trial an effective working model and then share the successful practices with other churches and institutions that may be interested in running such a programme.
"Food for Thought" also aims to bring people together around shared food in order to celebrate a common life and to empower individuals and communities to recognise the structural problems that maintain poverty and ill-health. The theological impetus behind "Food for Thought" is Eucharistic and, in this sense, it is both a celebration of the resources we already enjoy as well as a re-imagination of what may be possible. [website]
The report of the project can be found on this link http://www.londonpen.org/wp-
Faith in Free Speech is a research and educational project which aims to bridge the divide between the religious and secular and highlight how free expression and freedom of religion are sister rights. The project is managed by English PEN, the free speech and literature organisation, and delivered by a team of researchers of different faiths. It engages young people from a range of religious backgrounds in the free speech debate, which resulted in the creation an original and innovative learning module that can be found by following this link: http://www.englishpen.org/outreach/young-people/faith-in-free-speech/
Call to Change is an initiative of the Centre to equip congregations to engage with their communities in responding to the ongoing financial crisis - and to bring Christian teaching on economic justice to bear at local and national levels. With funding from the MB Reckitt Trust, the Centre is employing a worker to help churches run 'Community Conversations' in which local residents discuss the impact of the financial crisis, and ways they might work with the church to respond to it. It is also working with churches in Citizens UK to develop the alliance's campaign against exploitative lending (this was launched in the early days of the financial crisis, and is inspired by the Biblical and Qu'ranic prohibitions on usury.) [website]
The Feast is an innovative youth work charity based in Birmingham, helping young people of different faiths to come together to explore faith, create friendships and change lives. This funding is enabling them to respond to invitations to assist other communities around the UK to undertake similar work with their young people, who tend to live parallel lives with little interaction. Their hope is to nurture a generation of young people who have the skills and confidence to live well with people who are different to them, and make strides to build stronger and happier communities.
Who Is Your Neighbour? is a new project established to learn through experience how we can enable ourselves and our communities in South Yorkshire to better engage with, understand and value our different cultures, ethnic groups and faiths, and become more resilient to racist and divisive ideologies.
The project is funded through the Sheffield Methodist District and managed by a multi-faith management committee. The project works with communities which are vulnerable to racist and divisive ideologies in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.
Funding for a resource pack and series of training workshops, designed to build a network of speakers who are equipped to mobilise churches in their communities to take action on issues of poverty and inequality.[website]
The Revd Malcolm Torry is directing research into the work of faith communities in new housing developments in the Greenwich Peninsula and two nearby localities.
A pilot project to extend CTC's programme of community organising placements in Christian congregations (the 'Jellicoe Internships') to include students from London and East London Universities.. [website]
Prof. Esther Reed of the University of Exeter, a grant for support costs for Christians, Jews and Muslims to engage together in the practice of Scriptural Reasoning as part of a wider initiative on Civic Practice in the South West of England.
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- Las Casas Centre for Social Justice and Institutions, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford
- Faith Based Regeneration Network
- Church Action on Poverty - Just Church
- Centre for Theology & Community, St Katharine’s Foundation
- Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns (CMEAC)
- The Independent Asylum Commission
- The Christian Muslim Forum
- The Faith Based Regeneration Network
- Believing and Belonging in the Sustainability Process
- Roger Ruston
- Bridge Builders Preston
- Centre for Religion and the Biosciences, University of Chester
- Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI), Edinburgh
- Irish School of Ecumenics
- Kenneth Leech
- In addition the Trust