THE BAPTIST UNION OF GREAT BRITAIN
THE METHODIST CHURCH IN BRITAIN
THE UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
Churches say “There is enough for everyone” - Homelessness and Poverty Action Week
There is enough for everyone – that is the message of Poverty and Homelessness Action Week beginning on January 30.
The Methodist Church in Britain, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church are supporting the awareness-raising week run by Church Action on Poverty and Housing Justice. The three churches have recommended resources produced for the campaign to be used in worship services.
Paul Morrison, Policy Adviser for the Methodist Church in Britain, said Poverty and Homelessness Action Week was especially important this year as the country prepares for a general election.
“Poverty is not just the problem of some people having too little; it’s also a problem of some people having too much,” he said.
“From the very start, Methodism has been about sharing the gospel, and sharing was not just about telling people stories, it was about having compassion for who they are and the situation that each person finds themselves in.”
Revd Dr Rosemary Kidd, Faith and Unity Coordinator of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, said: “It is quite clear that some people are paid too much but we have no mechanism by which we measure what is too much. There is enough for everyone, it’s just that wealth is poorly distributed.”
Frank Kantor, Secretary for Church and Society at the United Reformed Church, said: “We want to hear from people who wish to contribute to the debate on incomes and inequality in the UK which will be a key issue in the run up to the next election”
You can find out more on Poverty and Homelessness Action Week, and contribute to the debate via the Methodist Church website or by visiting the Homelessness and Poverty Action Week homepage: http://www.actionweek.org.uk/html/home.html
Source: Methodist News Service 22/01/2010