Dear Friends,

This week we launched our Spring Appeal in the week we reflect on the meaning of Easter. At this time we recognise that Jesus’ death on the cross invites us to ally with those who are oppressed and suffering. That by his death and resurrection he is calling us to work together for justice,  to create a new world rising out of the darkness of the old.

Ekklesia is a think tank committed to building that new world, particularly when it comes to developing alternatives to welfare reform.

For the last six years we have been urging the government to stop cutting benefits for the poorest people in society. Whilst we are pleased to see the latest threatened cut to Personal Independence Payments has been shelved, previous cuts have continued to hurt sick and disabled people and cause immense suffering. Which is why yesterday we and many other Christians wrote to Stephen Crabb, the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, asking him to change the approach to welfare reform.  The letter has been picked up in the national, Scottish, Welsh and church press, and Virginia Moffatt, Ekklesia's Chief Operating Officer discussed it on Premier Radio at lunchtime today. (19 mins in).

We believe this work plays a vital part in raising awareness of the terrible impact  of welfare reform. Can you help us continue to make such interventions?

A £10 donation pays for a week’s phone bills, or a month’s worth of stationery.

£20 covers a week’s web maintenance

£50 will help fund the refreshments for an event.

£100 pays for speaker’s costs

£250 will contribute to the printing of a report

£500 will pay for half a year’s website maintenance, or quarter of a researcher’s fees.

We are very appreciative of your support, which is vital to keep the work of Ekklesia going.

 

We know there are a lot of calls on your resources, but even the smallest donation can help. If you are able to assist please send your donation, marked "Spring Appeal" to Ekklesia, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP or by donating via our Paypal account

 

Thank you for your continuing interest and support in our work. This means more to us than we can say.

Simon Barrow, Jonathan Bartley (co-directors) Henrietta Cullinan (administrator), Virginia Moffatt (chief operating officer)