A new course, aimed at bringing poverty to the political centre stage ahead of a general election, has been launched by a group of church bodies and charities.
Act on Poverty aims to help Christians call on the Government and arms constituents to petition MPs to advocate for the poor, both in our own nation and abroad.
Put together by Christian Aid, the Baptist Union, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church, Church Action on Poverty, and the Trussell Trust, the course has already been taken up by 100 individuals and churches.
It is a six-week series of resource packs including short Bible studies, recordings of conversations with activists, questions and prompts for group discussions, videos about taking practical action and a guide to steps churches can take to push for change.
Campaigns and Activism Officer for Christian Aid, Katrine Musgrave, said: “With a general election approaching, we have an opportunity to unite our churches with a compelling message for our next Government: it is time to act on poverty.
“We hope churches around the country will sign up to Act on Poverty and we look forward to seeing the results of their actions.”
Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani said: “Loving our neighbours means living out our faith on a local and global scale. This course offers valuable resources to help us make a difference by speaking out and engaging decision makers.”