Without prayer, we will not discern God’s purposes or act his power. Without listening, we will not discover our neighbours’ concerns - or be able to harness the power of common action.
Starting with relationships - with God and neighbour - has enabled churches to be at the heart of Citizens UK’s Living Wage Campaign. This has already won over £70 million for low-income families in London alone, and has ensured London 2012 will be the world’s first Living Wage Olympics. In the midst of the financial crisis, listening and relationship-building are more urgent than ever.
Christians in east London have produced this four week course on faith and community organising. With a blend of Bible study and practical exercises, it teaches participants how to engage in ‘listening campaigns’ in their area, and move towards action for the common good.
The course was piloted in Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Pentecostal and Salvation Army congregations.
With support from St Paul’s Cathedral Chapter, the Archbishop of Canterbury and members of Occupy, the Contextual Theology Centre has produced a resource pack on the financial crisis. It enables churches to hold Community Assemblies, engaging the whole neighbourhood in conversation and action. The pack comprises a briefing paper, guide for leaders and participants and a feedback form to feed the outcomes into our process of reflection and action.
The Children’s Society have launched materials which enable churches to hold Good Childhood Conversations - placing the (often overlooked) voices of young people at the heart of this process of prayer, listening and action.