Resources on the Housing Crisis
House prices and rents are soaring. Younger generations can’t afford to buy a home. Homelessness is rising while provision for the homeless is falling. But what relevance does Christianity have here – and what do the Bible and Catholic Social Teaching say about how we should respond? We have two new resources to help you and your church begin to explore what role you might have in the solution to the crisis. Our introductory guide to some of the theological issues, Building Something Better is here. You can find our study course for churches and small groups, Who Is My Neighbour? here.
Seeing Change: A Course for Churches
The Centre and the Church Urban Fund have launched ‘Seeing Change‘ – a course to help churches engage their neighbours on the impact of the financial crisis, and ways local people can act together for change.
The course includes five sessions of Bible study and reflection, equipping congregations to reach out to their neighbours and host a ‘Money Talk‘ – engaging local people with the issues raised by the continuing economic crisis, and asking what action they might take with and through the Church.
Click here to download the leaders guide and watch the videos – all free!
With Durham University, we have produced a new guide for churches to Taking Action on Debt and Supporting Financial Inclusion – which also contains information on how to run a Money Talk.
Worship resources on debt and its impact on Children
Bible studies, sermon notes and prayers – produced by CTC for The Children’s Society
The Centre is at the forefront of research and practice in Community Organising in faith communities. The following resources are especially helpful for those seeking to understand Community Organising and its effects from the perspective of a religious tradition.
Angus Ritchie, Caitlin Burbridge & Andy Walton, Just Church: Local churches transforming their neighbourhoods (PDF Booklet)
Michael Gecan (ed), Effective Organising for Congregational Renewal (PDF booklet)
Ruhana Ali (ed), A New Covenant of Virtue: Islam and Community Organising (PDF booklet)