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!
Contact Andy Walton if you want a member of our staff to facilitate your 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
My Context: Understanding, reflecting & acting
Three ‘postcode tools’ and three Bible studies to help you understand your context and reach out faithfully and effectively
Living with other Faiths
The Centre’s Living with other Faiths resource pack includes materials which can be used flexibly – for study evenings and days, and for longer courses, helping churches in different kinds of contexts to minister faithfully, sensitively and effectively in our multi-religious society. (The link above is a word document for easy editing and flexible use. PDF version here.)
Contact Susanne Mitchell if you want a facilitator for a study event or course based on these materials
Asylum and refugees
The Centre is working closely with The Children’s Society to produce a series of resources. Our resources on asylum are available now and more film and Bible study notes on asylum and refugee issues are coming soon.
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)