Starting tomorrow (24 January 2013), UK-based development agency Christian Aid is hosting a series of meals to engage young people in ending global poverty.
The 'Christian Aid Collective' events across England and Wales are taking place in Manchester, Bristol, London, Aberystwyth and Belfast throughout January and February.
Participants will be able to watch interviews with a range of campaigners and activists, to spark discussion and get people enthused about the issues.
The Christian Aid Collective, a new movement to encourage and inspire young people to come together to tackle injustice, will invite young people to wrestle with the big issues surrounding global poverty and work together to do something about it.
Sarah Rowe, of the Christian Aid Collective, explained: "These meals are about more than food, they’re about building a community of people who are drawn together by their hope and belief in a better world."
She continued; "We’re inspired by the early Church who did discipleship together, and an integral part of that was sitting down to eat. By coming together to eat and share, the early church ended poverty within their community."
"We want to start honest but challenging conversations about how we can take that radical vision and make it relevant to our own lives and communities.
"Globally, we’re more connected than ever before and yet over a billion people still live in poverty. That’s something we want to change, and know we can only do it if we work together, as a community that includes every last person on the planet," said Ms Rowe.
A new website has also been launched which aims to highlight some of the systems which keep people poor and suggests ways people can come together to change them.
A new film, More Than Food, directed by Jonny Flint, has been released which mirrors the vision of the early Church in Acts chapter 4, in the Bible, where Christians pooled their resources to meet the needs of all.
The dates of the meals are:
Manchester – Nexus Arts Café, Dale Street, Jan 24 7.30pm
Bristol – The Kitchen, Silver Street, Jan 30 7.30pm
London – The Gallery Café, 21 Old Ford Road, Jan 31 7.30pm
Aberystwyth – St Paul’s Methodist Centre, Queen’s Road, Feb 2 7.00pm
Belfast – 19-27 Chichester Street, Feb 25 7.30pm
* For more information about the meal events visit www.christianaidcollective.org/events
* Resources and the three-minute film, More Than Food, can be found at: www.christianaidcollective.org