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  • 9 Dec 2014

    Archbishop Justin Welby has been commended for highlighting UK hunger, but questioned for focusing on charity rather than justice.

  • 9 Dec 2014

    Responding to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Child Poverty, the TUC warns that new rules for benefit claimants will increase food bank usage.

  • 8 Dec 2014

    There has been a mixed response from NGOs to the launch of the report of the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Food Poverty and Hunger today.

  • 8 Dec 2014

    Before coming to Ekklesia, I worked for many years in social care. I loved the work (mainly in services for adults with learning disabilities), though it was not without challenges. The biggest of which, was the constant scrabble to make money stretch as far as it could. Though this was less evident in the times of plenty than it is in today’s Austerity Britain, I’ve never known a year when we weren’t asked to do a little bit more for the same amount of money. A trend which in the last few years has shifted towards being asked to do a whole lot more for a whole lot less.

  • 8 Dec 2014

    Pilgrimage towards peace and justice formed the theme of remarks opening the recent five-day Ecumenical Peace Consultation in Sweden

  • 8 Dec 2014

    Today (Monday 8 March 2014) an All Party Parliamentary Inquiry has published an extensive report into causes of food poverty in the UK and has suggested some responses. Campaigners from End Hunger Fast were invited to the initial launch of this report so here are some reflections on where it has ended up and what that means for the rest of us.

  • 8 Dec 2014

    Scotland’s poorest households are paying £1,300 a year more than their wealthier neighbours for everyday goods and services.

  • 8 Dec 2014
  • 8 Dec 2014

    Campaigners have gathered outside the Methodist Central Hall to call on the Methodist Church and the Church of England to divest from fossil fuels.

  • 7 Dec 2014

    Early Quakers held a 'Testimony against times and seasons'. Although this is not observed with as much rigour in our own day, we still hold to the belief that as all life is sacramental, so all times are holy and none should be marked as more holy than another. Christmas therefore, is a rather more low-key event with us than it is with society generally.

  • 7 Dec 2014

    “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,” writes St Paul in the Epistle set for today in many churches.

  • 7 Dec 2014

    Gender justice in institutions, communities and societies is the central concern of an advisory group set up by World Council of Churches members.

  • 7 Dec 2014

    While government representatives continue to deny UK hunger or describe foodbanks as a 'lifestyle choice', Archbishop Justin Welby is highlighting the reality.

  • 7 Dec 2014

    The scale of public spending cuts proposed by UK Chancellor George Osborne is shocking, but we shouldn’t be surprised. Not because such savage cuts are necessary, but because to many in government they are desirable.

  • 6 Dec 2014

    Tomorrow morning (Sunday 7 December) I am taking part in a discussion on BBC Radio Scotland unpacking the ethics of inheritance, how it touches our heads and hearts, and how it relates to issues of social justice for this and future generations.