The Christian life begins with God’s initiative. We love because God first loved us (1 John 4.19). We can only feed because we have been fed; we are sent out in the power of the Spirit because have first been called together as Christ’s Body.
Jesus’ public ministry began with forty days of prayerful discernment. If our action is is to be part of God’s transforming work, it needs that same grounding.
Urgent patience: Christian spirituality and social action - This meditation has been written by Christian leaders in east London whose churches are involved in community organising. It includes testimony from Anglican, Catholic, Pentecostal and Salvation Army congregations.
Are we washing our hands of England’s poor is a course from the Church Urban Fund - designed for Lent, but usable throughout the year. It is designed for churches in all kinds of neighbourhoods - and enables them to listen to the experiences of people and communities who are all to often overlooked. It can be used by individuals or by groups.
The Contextual Theology Centre’s Jellicoe Blog includes a post on each Sunday’s lectionary readings, with prayer requests and testimony from Christians working in inner-city neighbourhoods.