Build a 'poor Church for the poor' says Church Action on Poverty

By agency reporter
January 31, 2017

If churches are to be communities that put the poorest first, how must they change? What must they let go of? What sacrifices are they called to make? How are they to allow God to transform them into what Pope Francis has called a "poor Church for the poor"?

These are some of the questions that churches around the UK will be exploring as they raise funds for Church Action on Poverty on 26 February 2017. Church Action on Poverty Sunday is an annual opportunity for churches to celebrate and support the charity's work to tackle the root causes of UK poverty. Churches will hold fundraising soup lunches or take collections at their Sunday service – and, as 26 February is also Transfiguration Sunday, they are invited to reflect on how action on poverty can transform and transfigure their communities.

The day will highlight the changes that can be made when we work together to build a 'church of the poor'. In accompanying video materials, David Rhodes, author of Faith in Dark Places, comments: "What Church Action on Poverty does, locally and nationally, is really important. I don't see much else coming out of the churches that is so obviously gospel, kingdom stuff."

* Resources to help churches of all traditions take part can be downloaded here

* Church Action on Poverty is a national ecumenical Christian social justice charity, committed to tackling poverty in the UK. It works in partnership with churches and with people in poverty themselves to Close the Gap between rich and poor, and challenge the stigmatisation of people in poverty.



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