The Living Wage

This campaign was launched in 2001 by churches, mosques, schools and unions in Citizens UK. It’s roots were in a meeting of community leaders in east London, who identified low pay as a key barrier to a good childhood and flourishing families. Too many parents had to choose between having enough time for their children and earning enough money to provide for them. In London alone, the campaign has won more than £70 million for low income households - securing the backing of politicians of all parties.

The Church Urban Fund has produced this briefing on why Christians should support the campaign, and five practical ways to get involved, whatever part of the country you live in.

On 13th September the Contextual Theology Centre is hosting a debate about the morality of tax, in association with Christian Aid at Christ Church, Spitalfields. Find out more here.

A Better Banking System

Nehemiah 5 tells the story of the Jewish people gathering in assembly to end exploitative lending. It is a key inspiration for Christian responses to the credit crunch.

Since the financial crisis began, Citizens UK and the Contextual Theology Centre have been calling for an end to exploitative lending, and a stronger local, mutual banking system.
Jonathan Freedland reported on the launch of this campaign in 2009, and the Nehemiah 5 Challenge blog has a toolkit with practical ways you and your church can get involved.

The blog also contains video testimony from church leaders and essays by theologians Luke Bretherton, John Milbank and Angus Ritchie.

Giving for a Change

Fundraising events for Church Urban Fund are a fantastic opportunity for your church to reach out to your local community whilst raising valuable funds to tackle poverty in England.

Whether you’re fundraising as a small group or a whole congregation, we can provide support, advice and materials to help you really make the most of your event. You can be as inspired and creative as you like. The Church Urban Fund website has a few ideas to get you started this Lent.

You can find out more about how the Church Urban Fund uses the money it raises here, and make a personal or corporate donation here.