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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM JUBILEE+
As we come to Christmas and the end of the year, we have so much for which to be thankful. It’s been another busy, fruitful year for Jubilee+, in which we have worked with many churches and Christians to help us all more effectively serve the poorest More ...
The Jubilee+ team
Blog 1215 COP21 Conference
CLIMATE CHANGE AGREEMENT IN PARIS - WHY DOES IT MATTER TO CHRISTIANS?
Most politicians and commentators have hailed the recent UN-sponsored climate change agreement in Paris as a great success. It is certainly a stark contrast to the indecision and wrangling that characterised the last attempt to reach a worldwide agreement More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 1215 christmas sparkle
IDEAS FOR INTENTIONAL GENEROSITY
Yesterday my mum asked me if I’ve finished wrapping my Christmas presents. Wrapping them? I haven’t even finished buying them! At this time of year it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas, especially if, like me, you feel like you More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 1215 christmas for poor
A STOMACH-CHURNING DREAD OF CHRISTMAS
How do you feel about Christmas? I love celebrating it, but I don’t like to think about it until December! I enjoyed spending Christmas in China during my year in Beijing, mainly because no decorations went up in shops until the 24th of December! More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 1215 Show you care
HOW DO WE SHOW WE CARE ABOUT POVERTY AT CHRISTMAS?
The first time I ever gave to charity was back in the 1980s when I bought Band Aid’s Do They Know it’s Christmas? record, which raised much needed funds for famine relief. Elsewhere, in the same era, Christians responded to this challenge. Traidcraft More ...
Andy Biggs
Blog 1115 Paris attacks
SHOCKING EVENTS SHINE SPOTLIGHT ON OUR HEARTS
The events on Friday in Paris are simply shocking. As the news unfolded late that night, like most people I found myself horrified and perplexed. It’s difficult to imagine how one person starts a conversation with another person about planning to kill More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 1115 mercy
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO 'LOVE MERCY'?
Four years ago, a friend of mine was killed by a lorry while cycling to work. The lorry driver was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and warned that he was facing a custodial sentence. But between the verdict and sentencing, More ...
Natalie Williams
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A LIVING WAGE - AN ISSUE OF JUSTICE
This week is Living Wage Week and we are pleased to announce that last month Jubilee+ received our accreditation as a UK Living Wage Employer. We've actually always paid our small team of staff above the Living Wage, but we wanted to make it official for More ...
Andy McWilliam
Blog 1015 CTCC15 Chris Mould
CHURCHES THAT CHANGE COMMUNITIES
It was so stimulating to gather with over 250 passionate and like-minded people for the annual Jubilee+ conference! The opportunity to learn about how to be more effective in ministry with those who are poor and disadvantaged, to receive fresh vision, More ...
Nigel Ring
Blog 1015 CtCC15
'IT'S NOT A GLOOMY PICTURE!'
On Saturday 17th October, we were delighted to hold our fifth national Churches that Change Communities conference. I use the word 'delighted' deliberately – it truly is a great joy for us (the Jubilee+ team) to welcome hundreds of people from across More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 1015 Refugees on boat
'NOW I WONDER WHAT THEIR STORIES ARE...'
“In the end, when you meet people, we’re all the same. You don’t see that in the news. You just see them as a group, not as individuals. Now I wonder what their stories are. I see it completely differently.” These are the words of just one of the women More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 1015 equipping
DADS, FITNESS, EMPLOYMENT AND MORE...
One of the thing I love about being part of the Jubilee+ team is that I have the privilege of hearing about all sorts of projects and activities that are springing up across the country to help people. There are literally hundreds of inspiring stories More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0915 refugees on croatian
THE CRISIS CONTINUES...
Three weeks ago, our newspapers, TV screens and Facebook timelines were filled with the image of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed up on the beach after his desperate family tried to reach safer lands. To a certain extent, the More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0915 Cookery class
EMPOWERED FOR LIFE
Last night, I started a ‘cooking from scratch’ basic cookery course. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I’m in my mid-30s yet have never learnt to cook. I wasn’t taught at home; I do remember some lessons at school but I think they pretty much involved More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0915 waterdrops
HOW DO WE INCREASE OUR IMPACT?
Have you ever wondered how to help people who have battled with poverty and oppression to change their mindset and break old habits? How do we bring dignity and hope to people who have not experienced those things before? Or maybe you’ve been involved in More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0915 Aylan Kurdi
EVERY REFUGEE'S LIFE MATTERS
On Thursday I was wandering around my local supermarket trying not to cry. I was in the toothpaste aisle buying tubes to send to Calais, when I spotted the milk teeth toothpaste. It made me immediately think of the image of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0915 refugees
REFUGEE CRISIS - RED ALERT
I have a friend called John. He is from what we now call the Czech Republic. In 1938 he and his brother were put on a train by their parents, along with many other children, to be sent to the UK. John never saw his parents again. They wrote letters for a More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0815 Key in Door
SHOWING WOMEN IN PROSTITUTION THEY ARE PRECIOUS
Rebecca* stood in anticipation as she knocked on the door. The months of weighing up what God had spoken to her about were becoming a reality. What would happen when that door opened? Acceptance or rejection? She even wondered if she was putting herself More ...
Gemma Yates
Blog 0815 Birds Flying
POVERTY - BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT
Claims of ‘social cleansing’, appallingly low wages and ‘Foodbank Britain’ – you only have to read the headlines to see that poverty is an increasing problem in the UK today. What some people don’t realise, though, is that poverty isn’t just about what we More ...
Sian Francis-Cox
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SOCIAL ENTERPRISES: THRIVING WHILE DOING GOOD
Social enterprises are outperforming regular businesses on growth and impact, according to early findings from the latest State of Social Enterprise Survey. Other preliminary findings reveal that 39% of social enterprises in the UK have expanded into More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0715 candles
TIME AWAY TO REFLECT, PRAY AND PLAN
A particular two days in July have been the highlight of each of the last four years for me: the annual Jubilee+ away days. I love being part of a team that prioritises time together like this to really reflect on the previous 12 months, pray, seek More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0715 Tim Keller
WHAT CAN CHRISTIANITY CONTRIBUTE TO BRITISH SOCIETY TODAY?
Dr Tim Keller, the best-selling author of books including The Reason for God and Generous Justice, addressed MPs, peers and guests in a packed Parliamentary room on Monday 22 June, exploring answers to the question: what can Christianity contribute to More ...
Geoff Knott
Blog 0511 Face
A SIMPLE SOLUTION TO HOMELESSNESS
In May 2015, a place called Medicine Hat became the first city in Canada to virtually eliminate homelessness - people living on the streets. How did they attain what sounds like a remarkable achievement? Simply put: they gave homeless people housing. More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0615 Justice Matters
JUSTICE MATTERS
On 2 July, Traidcraft will be holding 'Justice Matters' – a service to reflect, pray and act for justice in international trade and business – in central London. The preacher will be Jubilee+'s Martin Charlesworth. In this blog More ...
Martin Charlesworth
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SHARED PASSION AND PURPOSE
One of the things we love to do at Jubilee+ is connect people together who have a shared passion or project: helping people to network so they can share their experiences and learn from others has been one of our key aims since we launched at the start of More ...
Natalie Williams
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EQUIPPED TO RESPOND TO THE NEEDS AROUND US
Last week we delved into some of the findings of the Evangelical Alliance’s Good news for the poor? report, revealing three specific challenges that emerge from the statistics. These were: More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0615 Good news for the po
THE CHALLENGE OF THE EA RESEARCH INTO POVERTY IN THE UK
“78 per cent of evangelicals say the last government’s policies hurt the poor” according to an Evangelical Alliance press release issued on Sunday May 31st to announce the results of the organisation’s latest research More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0515 Benefits Street
WHAT'S THE BENEFIT OF BENEFITS STREET?
On Monday night I watched Channel 4’s Benefits Street with a growing concern. I found it hard to see any good coming from the programme. It's clearly not designed to foster a deeper understanding of those on benefits among those who aren't. Like series More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0515 future
ELECTION DRAMA - WHAT NEXT?
For most of us interested in public life in the UK, the general election and the preceding campaign was a real roller-coaster ride! The polls and pundits mostly got their key predictions wrong – especially the widespread expectation of a hung Parliament! More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0514 Polling Station
HOW TO VOTE TOMORROW
Tomorrow people all across Britain will go polling stations to vote in what is sure to be one of the closest and most interesting elections for decades. Recent surveys by the Evangelical Alliance have shown that Christians are highly likely to vote, but More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0814 Homeless
TAKING TIME FOR CONVERSATIONS
When you wander around your city or town, do you ever find yourself wondering about the lives of the people you pass? Maybe it’s the former nosey journalist in me, but I often catch myself contemplating people’s lives and wondering what motivates them More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0415 Foodbank
FOODBANKS - IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT STATISTICS
Jeremy Paxman’s opening question to David Cameron in the first TV election leaders programme was a scorcher. He started with foodbanks – specifically asking about the number of foodbanks in the UK today. No, the Prime Minister didn’t know the exact number More ...
Martin Charlesworth
Blog 0415 Ted
THE HIDDEN REASON FOR POVERTY
At the start of this week, a new TED Talk was released. Delivered by human rights attorney Gary Haugen, who was sent to Rwanda in 1994 to be the director of the UN’s genocide investigation, the talk is entitled: The hidden reason for poverty the world More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0415 kiva projects
EXTENDING THE REACH OF GENEROSITY
One of the wonders of modern technology is the expanded opportunity it gives us for generosity. It’s so easy these days to donate money to charities, sponsor friends or complete strangers online, to help dreams become realities through crowd-funding More ...
Natalie Williams
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A GROWING HEART FOR THE POOR
All across Britain today, Christians will be packing food parcels, giving advice to those overwhelmed by debt, making beds at night shelters, and offering hope to hundreds – maybe thousands – of people who are in one kind of poverty or another. More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0315 Waterfall
IS THE IMPACT OF YOUR CHURCH WIDE AND DEEP?
An interesting observation coming out of our recently published 3rd National Church and Social Action Survey Report is that some kinds of social action can impact a surprising number of people in the community for a short time, while other social action More ...
Geoff Knott
Blog 0315 youth group
DON'T EXCLUDE YOUTH FROM SOCIAL ACTION
The Cabinet Office has just published a report, Evaluating Youth Social Action, showing that school-aged children who take part in some form of social action are significantly more likely to volunteer their time later on in life. More ...
Geoff Knott
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UNSUNG HEROES, REACHING FURTHER WITH NEW CONFIDENCE
Our recently published results of the third biennial National Church and Social Action Survey demonstrate what an increasingly vital role churches play in our communities across the UK (and always have done). These efforts, largely financed by churches More ...
Geoff Knott
Blog 1013 compassion
HOSTILE TO THE HOMELESS?
The subject of homelessness was in the news a lot last month. At the start of February, national charity Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published the findings of their research into this issue, claiming that the number of people in England More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0215 Faith in politics
'POVERTY/INEQUALITY' IS KEY ELECTION ISSUE
The headline “Evangelicals could swing the General Election for good” appeared on the Christian Today website on Thursday 19th February 2015. It followed the publication of the Evangelical Alliance’s Faith in Politics? report, which reveals the findings More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0215 40acts
INSTEAD OF GIVING UP, GIVE AWAY
Are you giving up anything for Lent? It starts tomorrow, and so my Twitter-feed is already overflowing with ideas on what to give up, including giving up giving up! The hashtag that’s grabbed my attention the most so far, though, is #40acts. More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0215 Archbishop Justin We
AN ECONOMY THAT IS CREATIVE, GENEROUS, INCLUSIVE AND EMPOWERING
It was a privilege to attend an event in Church House, Westminster, last Wednesday, where the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, spoke on ‘The Good Economy’ – reconnecting wealth creation with social justice. The archbishop reminded us that More ...
Geoff Knott
Blog 0215 Overflowing
CULTIVATING GENEROSITY
Lately I’ve been trying to cultivate generosity in my life. I’m not naturally an especially generous person, but I want to be. I love hearing stories of generosity – it genuinely warms the heart to hear about someone going the extra mile to help someone More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0115 Colour
DON'T SIT ON THE SIDELINES
Over the last week you may have noticed a lot of activity on Twitter featuring #showup. It's been very exciting to see over 30 Christian organisations – including Jubilee+ – and hundreds of individuals coming together to encourage one another and all More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0115 Show Up
MAYBE IT'S TIME TO 'SHOW UP'
There are just 114 days until the General Election. The political parties have launched their campaigns and speculation is rife about what will happen both in the run up to polling day and on the day itself. Maybe we'll have televised debates More ...
Natalie Williams
Blog 0115 Jazz
PLAYING OUR PART
I love the story of a member of the Liberal Democrat Christian Fellowship who went to their party conference a few years ago. At a fringe meeting on poverty she found herself in conversation with the man sitting next to her. More ...
Gillan Scott
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As a result of Brexit, there are many people feeling disempowered. Whether they feel unheard or just angry at the situation, the outcome of disempowerment is the same. More ...
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