Church Action on Poverty has announced a series of regional events to help churches and other faith groups respond to the economic crisis and to support those worst affected by it.
The ecumenical anti-poverty action group declares: "The recession will have profound impacts on families, communities, jobs, housing, financial services and wider economies for years to come.
"Faith communities often provide direct support to those who are worst affected. We can also offer a vision of how things could be done differently and how we could use this opportunity to close the appalling gap between the UK's richest and poorest people."
CAP adds: "The churches have rich resources to draw on in responding to these challenges."
Church Action on Poverty's roundtable events on the impact of the recession are are being organised in conjunction with a wide range of partner organisations.
Each event will take up a different theme and will explore the churches' previous work, develop new ideas and approaches and provide a forum for people to share stories and ideas from their own situations.
They will also feature high-profile and expert keynote speakers.
The following have been planned so far:
* Faithful cities in a time of economic crisis - 21 September 2009, Manchester.
* Homes or assets? Restoring faith in housing - 20 October 2009, Bristol.
* Acts 4:35: a strategy for our time? - 21 October 2009, Birmingham.
* Redefining prosperity - 14 November, Sheffield.
* Unemployment and the future of work - 17 November 2009, London.
* Ethics and finance after the crisis - 23 November 2009, Leeds.
* Developing our communities: patterns of empowerment - 2 December 2009, Newcastle.
For more information, go to: www.church-poverty.org.uk/event-items/roundtablesflyer