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Blog 1214 2014-5
2014 - A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF JUBILEE+
Now is the time for looking back and looking forward. Individuals do it, families do it – and Jubilee+ does it as well! Those of you who regularly follow this blog and our website will be aware that it has been a busy and productive year for us. More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1214 bridge gap
THE ASSET GAP - A MISSING PART OF THE SOLUTION TO POVERTY - PART 3
In previous parts to this blog, we’ve been looking at the reasons behind the large and growing gap between rich and poor in this nation. We identified that this was not just a difference of income but also of asset ownership. We looked at some insights fr More ...
Geoff Knott
Blog 1214 gap 3
THE ASSET GAP - A MISSING PART OF THE SOLUTION TO POVERTY - PART 2
In the first part of this blog, we looked at the reasons behind the large and growing gap between rich and poor in this nation. We identified that this was not just a difference of income but also of asset ownership. We looked at ways a government might h More ...
Geoff Knott
Blog 1214 gap 1
THE ASSET GAP - A MISSING PART OF THE SOLUTION TO POVERTY - PART 1
Channel 4’s programme Dispatches: How the Rich get Richer, shown in November 2014, highlighted the large and growing gap between rich and poor. One can immediately think of difference in income as the main factor, but the programme also highlighted More ...
Geoff Knott
Blog 0314 Baggage Hall
IMMIGRATION THROUGH A BIBLICAL LENS
Immigration is always in the news. With the rise of UKIP and the coming General Election, we can expect to hear more and more heated debate in the coming weeks and months – much of it scaremongering or simply ill-informed. How should Christians seek More ...
Guy Brandon
Blog 1114 C4 Dispatches
HOW THE RICH GET RICHER
Inequality between the rich and the poor is increasingly in the media spotlight. Our strengthening economy appears not to be making the slightest dent in this growing gap, as demonstrated by Dispatches: How the Rich Get Richer on Channel 4 on Monday 19th More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 1114 Cardinal Vincent Nic
A SOCIETY OF JUSTICE, COMPASSION AND ENERGY
It was a privilege to be able to attend a recent event in Parliament to celebrate the work of CSAN – Caritas Social Action Network – the social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Catholic More ...
Geoff Knott
Blog 1114 Pitch
GET ON THE PITCH!
Last week I attended an event in Parliament called Your Church and Political Engagement. Run by Christians in Politics, the event featured short talks from Christian MPs from each of the three main political parties. From new Conservative MP Fiona Bruce More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 1014 MUP book launch
LORD ALTON'S KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Lord Alton's Keynote Address at the launch of the “The Myth of the Undeserving Poor” at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, Tuesday October 21st. "Genuine poverty is an enduring problem in the UK. It has remained stubbornly persistent in the face of More ...
Professor Lord Alton of Liverpool John Moores Univ
Blog 1014 speech bubbles
COMMENTS ON OUR RECENT CONFERENCE
People from across the country joined us for our annual Churches that Change Communities conference in Bournemouth on Saturday 11 October. It was a day of worship, seminars and Bible teaching on how we can take practical steps to serve the poorest More ...
Sian Francis-Cox
Blog 0813 Fork path
PROMPTED TO REASSESS....
The Jubilee+ conference in Bournemouth on 11 October was a great opportunity to get together with like-minded Christians for friendship, worship, networking and some great sermons (as well as the chance to visit lovely Bournemouth). But it was so much More ...
Otto Haas
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INSPIRING, EYE-OPENING, VALUABLE
At the beginning of the Churches that Change Communities conference on Saturday, Jubilee+ leader Martin Charlesworth explained the heart behind the event: that we may change our attitudes towards the poor. The vision of the team is More ...
Sian Francis-Cox
Blog 0914 wallet
WHEN WILL ENOUGH BE ENOUGH?
“I need to get paid more,” someone said to me a couple of weeks ago over a pub lunch. I can’t remember what we were talking about, but that sentence has stayed with me ever since, particularly because I know the person who said it lives very comfortably More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0914 MUP Cover 3x2
SO WHY WRITE A BOOK ON POVERTY?
It was not really in the plan to write books when we started Jubilee+ a few years ago. We had plenty of other things to occupy our energies in the early days: we were setting up conferences, developing our website, building relationships with community More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0914 Ronald Davis
'I'M NOT A BUM; I'M A HUMAN BEING'
Last week we mentioned we have a book coming out in October called The Myth of the Undeserving Poor. One of the points we make in the book is this; "Our attitudes towards people in poverty (and people in general) can so often be based on the things they More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0914 MUP Cover
A BOOK TO READ 'SLOWLY ON YOUR KNEES'
The first Jubilee+ book will be published next month and available to buy at our Churches that Change Communities conference. In the run up to the event we want to let you know a little bit more about the book, The Myth of the Undeserving Poor More ...
Natalie Williams
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JUST A FEW DAYS LEFT...
Last week we told you a little about the speakers and seminars at this year’s Churches that Change Communities conference, as well as two of the reasons why we run this event annually. After our 2013 conference, we were delighted to receive great More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 1013 Conference
A MEANINGFUL DIFFERENCE
One of the highlights of each year for the Jubilee+ team is our annual Churches that Change Communities conference. We really enjoy bringing together a few hundred Christians from across the country to focus on the fact that the gospel is good news to the More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0814 Credit Union
WE NEED A UNION ON THE STREET
A song promoting credit unions and warning of the ‘dangers’ of payday loans was launched recently by The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Taskforce on Responsible Credit and Savings. It tells the story of young people who get into debt because of pay-day loans More ...
Geoff Knott
Blog 0814 Homeless 2
I NEVER IN MY LIFE GOT TREATED LIKE THIS...
"Everyone wants some dignity," says Dennis, one of 50 homeless people in the US who were recently surprised by a 'good prank'. Watch this 5-minute video to see what happened – be sure to keep watching to the end to be moved and inspired by how relatively More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0814 Five Pounds
GOT A FIVER?
So a couple of weeks ago we presented the good people of East End Church with a challenge: what good can you do with a fiver? We gave everyone who came to the meeting on Sunday morning a crisp five pound note and asked them to be creative in the way More ...
Tom Head
Blog 0714 MyNextBuy
HOW TO START CHANGING THE WORLD: ITS SIMPLER THAN YOU THINK
The question my group grappled with was: “How can I live my life without negatively affecting the global community?” Motivated by Charlotte's first-hand experiences of meeting garment workers in Oman and India, we began asking ourselves what small part More ...
Robin Peake
Blog 0714 Suited and Booted
SUITED AND BOOTED
I was chatting to a group of church leaders in east London recently and they mentioned an initiative called Suited and Booted. Run out of the appropriately named St Andrews-by-the-Wardrobe church in the City of London, Suited and Booted is a charity More ...
Geoff Knott
Blog 0714 Team photo 2014
PRECIOUS TIME TOGETHER; EXCITING DAYS AHEAD
Every summer the Jubilee+ team takes two days out from everyday life to spend together worshipping, praying, listening to God and strategising for the next 12 months. There are currently five of us on the team, all with busy lives, and these away-days are More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0714 Monopoly
MORE THAN WE NEED CAN LEAD TO GREED
Are you richer than you were 10 years ago? I am. Unlike in 2004, today I am debt-free, my monthly income exceeds my monthly expenditure, and I have some savings. But as my bank balance has risen, has my greed increased too? More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0714 Overgrown Church
CHURCHES THAT CHANGE COMMUNITIES
"If your church closed down today, how long would it take for your community to know you had gone?" That was the question posed by David Carr of Renewal Church Solihull at the Newfrontiers Everything Conference a couple of years ago. More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0614 spikes
A STEP FOR A PILLOW ISN'T MUCH BETTER THAN SPIKES FOR A MATTRESS
The issue of homelessness has been all over social media over the last few weeks with one image shared over 100,000 times. I'm sure you've seen it. Spikes installed to prevent rough sleepers spending the night in a doorway. More ...
Tom Bray
Blog 0614 Prayer Breakfast
PARLIAMENTARY PRAYER BREAKFAST
Quoting from The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby began his address to the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast earlier this week with: “I hope and pray [the Church] will never just be useful – what a dreadful More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0614 Breadline Kids
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES
No rehearsed party line, no clever rhetoric, no agenda, just this from a hungry 10-year-old: “It shouldn’t be like this. All people should have food.” Last night’s Breadline Kids on Channel 4 made for uncomfortable viewing, even for someone involved More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0511 People
98 MILLION HOURS
This week is Volunteers’ Week – it’s actually the 30th year of this annual celebration of the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. Its purpose is to recognise and honour the commitment and sacrifice of people from all backgrounds More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0514 possible
CAN YOU CHANGE THE WORLD?
A while back I heard a lot about a guy who was given up for adoption by his parents, dropped out of college, slept on friends' floors and exchanged used Coke cans for money for food. That guy was Steve Jobs – innovator, entrepreneur, co-founder of Apple More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0512 Cogs
CONNECTING FAITH WITH ISSUES IN SOCIETY
Emmanuel Church in Oxford actively encourages its members to engage with their community through their home-grown project, Nexus, which seeks to equip and train, as well as through inter-church practical initiatives. I asked Chris Le Marquand, who heads u More ...
Claire Musters
Blog 0514 Polling Station
HOW SHOULD WE ENGAGE IN LOCAL POLITICS?
Next week we have the opportunity (right, privilege, duty) to vote in local elections, to select the people we would like to make decisions that affect our communities. Did you know that Christians are more likely to vote in general elections than More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0514 Waterfall
MIRACLES OF MERCY, NO MATTER WHAT
When we look at the Gospels, we read account after account of the miracles of Jesus. For those who needed release from oppression and demons, Jesus released them; for those who needed to be set free from conditions that imprisoned them for years, Jesus ga More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0414 San Francisco man 30
POVERTY LINING THE PIERS
As I was wandering along Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco in February, I came across the man in the photo above. At the time, I'd been thinking a lot about the concept of distinguishing between a deserving and an undeserving poor and, if you believe we More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0414 clothes
WHO MADE YOUR WARDROBE?
John, and two of his friends (both called Andy) disposed of all their clothes (yes, all of them), and committed to only wearing garments if they knew who had made them, and knew that those people had been able to More ...
Jennie Pollock
Blog 0414 foodbank
FOODBANK BLAME GAME MISSES THE POINT
Last week The Trussell Trust released some shocking statistics from its foodbank network, revealing they provided at least three days’ food for 913,138 people between April 2013 and March 2014, of whom 330,205 are children. The total number is a 163% inc More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0414 Rule of Thumb 1
BEING GOOD NEWS: A SIMPLE RULE OF THUMB
I became Christian when I was 15 years old and for the first few years adopted a disturbing misunderstanding about God: I thought that the God of the Old Testament was mainly concerned with rules and laws, and then Jesus came and was more interested in More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0414 Handover
JUBILEE+ BLOG - A NEW PHASE
I started writing this blog shortly after the launch of Jubilee+. It seems a long time ago and much has happened in that time. My aim has been to provide some commentary on social issues relating to the work of Jubilee+ and to offer More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0414 Stockton Infinity Br
NETWORKING IN THE NORTH-EAST
Sometimes we get the impression that all the action in the Church is based in the south-east and London. It’s certainly true that there are a lot of large churches in that particular part of the country. Also, as far as social action is concerned, More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0314 payday loans
SUCCESSFUL PETITION TO BAN PAYDAY LOAN ADS
On Wednesday evening, 27 November 2013, Tower Hamlets Council took a decision to ban payday loan adverts on public billboards and bus shelters and/or setting up business in local authority property. This followed a petition organised and led by churches More ...
Geoff Knott
Blog 0314 Baggage Hall
REFUGEES, IMMIGRATION AND THE CHURCH
Immigration is a hot subject politically at the best of times. It divides communities and politicians alike. It’s emotive. It tends to bring out the defensive instincts of human nature. It’s not the best of times to talk about immigration in the UK. More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0314 hand in hand
FOSTERING AND ADOPTION - CRISIS AND OPPORTUNITY
A few months ago I was talking to a social worker who told me that in her area there were virtually no placements available for children needing fostering. In that particular local authority, all children needing to be fostered were being sent to other More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0314 EU Flag
THE PARADOX OF POVERTY IN EUROPE
There has been an intense focus in the media on the economic state of Europe for a long time now. For a while, the news was dominated by the recklessness and weakness of the banks. Then there was a focus on the desperate economic weakness of southern More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0214 hand with sun
CLIMATE CHANGE - A BURNING ISSUE THAT WON'T GO AWAY
Some people ask me why I keep on talking about climate change in the context of the work of Jubilee+. Well, the answer is simple: climate change is a vital issue of social justice and long-term human welfare. All people of faith should be concerned about More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0214 Water
THE POLITICS OF WATER
I opened my newspaper the other day to read yet more distressing news of the impact of severe flooding in the UK. There were further dramatic pictures of flooded homes, besieged communities and swollen rivers. Then there were the interviews with harassed More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0214 On Gods Side
JIM WALLIS - A MAN FOR OUR TIMES
If you haven’t read anything by Jim Wallis, you need to. He was in the UK towards the end of last year, on a visit from the USA to promote his latest book, On God’s Side. It’s a really stimulating book and great reading for anyone interested in the social More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0214 Holistic Mission
'HOLISTIC MISSION' - A GROUND-BREAKING REPORT
One of the research highlights of last year was the launch of a ground-breaking report by think-tank ResPublica on the place and significance of social action in the Church of England. Entitled 'Holistic Mission: Social action and the Church of England' More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0114 Jubilee Centre
THE JUBILEE CENTRE - A TRIBUTE
An important anniversary took place last year – the Jubilee Centre, based in Cambridge, celebrated its 30th anniversary. This one may have passed you by, but I want to write a post giving a very personal tribute to this unique and pioneering organisation. More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0114 Lifebelt
THE GOOD SAMARITAN - FOR GROWN-UPS
When Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan it was all a big shock for the original listeners – especially for the expert on the religious law who first asked that crucial question: “And who is my neighbour?” Here’s the basic story – it is about More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0114 man on side
THE GOOD SAMARITAN - MORE THAN JUST A GOOD STORY
Jesus had the knack of telling really revealing and memorable stories. We call them parables. They tend to have powerful punch-line and they always make us feel a little uncomfortable or provoked. Stories are a wonderful means of communicating important More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0913 Bible and compass
JUBILEE+ - REVISITING THE VISION
Last year, I wrote a fair amount about both major social issues and things that were happening in public policy and the political world. These matters are very important, but sometimes I like to take a pause from that type of discussion: I like to go back More ...
Martin Charlesworth
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