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Bedroom Tax: See the latest briefing from CRC on the bedroom tax here.


Partners’ Events 

Preaching at Harvest: Food, farming and faith. Thursday 5th September. At Pavilions of Harrogate Great Yorkshire Showground HG2 8NZ. Hosted by Rural Churches Support Network. together with The Yorkshire Rural Support Network. Main speaker: Mr Howard Petch CBE Previously Principal of Bishop Burton College Active in Rural Church, Education and Farming circles on Thursday, 5th September 2013. Starts at 9.30am for coffee and finishing with lunch. Free of charge, but please book your place in advance for catering purposes:kated@yas.co.uk


Ebor Lectures on Theology and Public Life.  The morality of austerity. We live in the ‘Age of Austerity’. The global financial crisis has left governments with levels of debt and budget deficits which are unsustainable in the long term and most have opted to reduce public services and welfare payments as a consequence. Austerity, however, adversely affects the most vulnerable members of society, changes public expectations and potentially alters the relationship between the citizen and the state. In the Ebor Lectures for 2013-14 we take the question raised by Jim Wallis, the American theologian and activist, ‘What would Jesus cut?’ and use it as a way of evaluating economic austerity from a theological and moral perspective. Is austerity the only way of addressing the need for deficit-reduction? What might the moral alternatives to austerity be? And are we really all in this together? Thursday 5 September 2013 York Minster. Dr Anthony Campolo: Speaker, author, sociologist, pastor, social activist, and President of EAPE: ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?  Free enterprise, democracy and our moral obligation to the poor’

Wednesday 9 October 2013 York St John University Temple Hall. Mr Richard Murphy Tax researcher, chartered accountant and political economist. 'Jesus would cut the tax gap'

Wednesday 19 March 2014 York Minster Dr Kathy Galloway  Head of Christian Aid Scotland ‘The naked emperor:challenging the ideology of deficiency’

Wednesday 21 May 2014 York Minster Mr Larry Elliott Economics Editor, The Guardian 'In it together or in it for the money?'

Wednesday 4 June 2014 York St John University Temple Hall   Dr Helen Cameron

Head of Public Affairs, The Salvation Army ‘The morality of the food parcel: Emergency food as a response to austerity’

Wednesday 9 July 2014 York St John University Fountains Lecture Theatre Mr Jon Cruddas MP Labour Member of Parliament for Dagenham & Rainham, Member of Shadow Cabinet ‘The common good in an era of austerity’

Admission is free but by ticket only. Disabled access is available but please mention when booking. To book use our online booking form  or write to: Ebor Lectures, Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York Y031 7EX

If you would like any further information please contact the Ebor Lectures Co-ordinator on 01904 876474 or e-mail eborlectures@yorksj.ac.uk


Equip: A Lincolnshire expo to equip Christians in mission and discipleship. Save the date for an exhibition in the Exhibition Hall, Lincolnshire Showground on Saturday 14th September 9:30am – 4:30pm – with exhibitions, workshops, café and live performances. For further details contact equip@ctal.org.uk or 01522 504071.


Creative Leadership in the Rural Church (CLiRC). We are pleased to support the Arthur Rank Centre in publicising their exciting new programme to help both lay and ordained to develop creative and entrepreneurial skills for effective rural church leadership. Having been piloted successfully in Yorkshire, it is now ready to be offered nationally.  CLiRC is an 18 month subsidised programme with a residential event, programme days, mentoring and work shadowing.  A blend of learning styles is used, incorporating wisdom and experience from both secular and church leadership spheres.  Participants are now being recruited for 1 October this year to February 2015.  Full details are available here.   


Other news and links

Poverty is the question. Are you the answer? Whether you are hot on history, clued up about popular culture or fanatical about food, make sure your church is part of Quizaid 2013. Register today for your free fundraising pack at www.christianaid.org.uk/quizaid or by calling 020 7620 2248. You will receive everything you need to make your Quizaid a huge success, including quiz questions and answers and an easy-to-follow guide to running your Quizaid! Put your brain to the test this September, and join Quizaid 2013.

GOING DEEPER … into mission and leadership. A quality training programme to encourage discipleship and equip for leadership for anyone who is interested in exploring leadership within the context of their discipleship and Christian service. Each of the core themes is related to leadership, the Bible and the experience of the speaker, others in contemporary life or people from the Bible. On Second Saturday morning of each month from September 2013 to June 2014. Cost £5 per session. Come to all, come to a few, the choice is yours at Blenheim Baptist Church, Blackman Lane, Leeds, LS2 9ER, 9am to 12.15pm.  For more information see here: Dates, topics and speakers and download the booking form Going Deeper. Small groups are available for those who wish to explore themes further. Contact Graham Brownlee for details on graham.brownlee.mbc@btconnect.com or Tel: 07979 343857.

Truth and Lies about poverty: Well over a thousand letters were sent to MPs as a result of the Truth and Lies campaign. Many wrote using the campaign web-tool and many more wrote the old fashioned way with pen and paper. Making politicians aware of concerns around how the poorest in our society are represented is important. People are also encouraged to continue the conversation with their MP. Many people have shared the responses they received from their MP’s with JPIT and others shared their frustration that their MP hadn’t responded. Some of the replies were simple agreement and encouragement, others denied there was a problem at all, while the funniest responses both denied there was a problem while saying it was the other party that started it. A real shock was the fact that a number MPs responding to a letter about the stigmatisation of the poorest and the misuse of statistics chose to explain the merits of upcoming benefit changes by using inaccurate and misleading statistics.  JPIT have produced a set of resources to help people continue the dialogue with their MP, with suggestions of what to say to common lines of response. They encourage people to write, get a response (write again if you need to!) and respond to what they are saying. As always any feedback or questions about the resources are welcome.

Responding to the Centre for Social Justice: The CSJ is a think-tank founded by Iain Duncan Smith which has considerable influence on the current Government’s thinking around social security. In June it produced a response to “the lies we tell ourselves: ending comfortable myths about poverty”. The Churches have welcomed this engagement with the report but were disappointed that while the CSJ picks at some details it does not engage with the central theme of untrue statements, stigma and public misunderstanding. A response has been sent to the CSJ seeking their views on the substance of the report and well as answering the detailed points, correcting some factual errors, and suggesting potential areas of common ground.
The response can be found
here.                   


St Wilfrid Lectures: ‘Who is my neighbour’ Thursday September 19 - Professor Tahir Abbas  Getting to Know Your Muslim Neighbour: Between Race, Class, Ethnicity and Culture. Thursday October 10 - Rt Revd John Pritchard Schools as Communities of Grace. Thursday November 7 - Professor Ted Cantle. Making Neighbours of the People of the World: from Multiculturalism to Interculturalism. The St Wilfrid Lectures are jointly organised and sponsored by Ripon Cathedral, York St John University, the Methodist District of York and Hill and the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds. Tickets for the lectures are available from the Cathedral Giftshop and from the Cathedral Office, Liberty Courthouse, Minster Road, Ripon HG4 1QS. email: judithbustard@riponcathedral.org.uk. Tel. 01765 603462


Church Urban Fund - Poverty Lookup Tool . The Church of England's Church Urban Fund has relaunched its poverty lookup tool.  Enter your postcode to find out where your parish ranks, nationally or within the diocese, on ten different indicators including child poverty, pensioner poverty and life expectancy.  The updated tool incorporates 2011 Census data and other more recent data sets.  Visit the tool here. It can also be downloaded as an app. A short report summarises the key findings from the updated tool. 


Health and wellbeing: making equality a reality: Annual Policy Conference 12 September 2013  Wakefield Town Hall. Health and well being are central to a more equal society. Government talks about equality but social mobility is stuck. Is there a growing gap between rhetoric and reality? What are major organisations doing about this in Yorkshire & Humber? Come and find out and help Involve shape its approach to a Voluntary Sector Manifesto for the 2015 Election. Key Note Speaker: The key note speaker will be Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England will be the keynote speaker. He places a great emphasis on frontline leadership by all professionals across the health and social care spectrum. This conference will help you: Understand the new public health agenda, Understand  what’s happening to well being and equality, Meet key policy makers working on different themes in Yorkshire & Humber and nationally, Hear  great speakers, Work out how you can contribute to Involve’s work to promote the voluntary sector and equality in the run up to the Election. For more info and details of how to book, click here.  Please find attached details of the ‘Geography of the Heart. An exploration of the spiritual terrain of end of life care’ study session which will take place on Thursday October 10 2013 at Saint Michael’s Hospice in Harrogate. Jonathan Singh a whole-time Chaplain to Saint Michael’s Hospice who has over twelve years’ parochial experience, and holds a professional doctorate in Spirituality and Spiritual Formation would like to invite you to attend this half-day session that seeks to explore the place and role of spiritual care at the end of life. To book a place please contact the education department at Saint Michael’s by calling 01423 856 794 or by emailing a complete booking form (attached) to education@saintmichaelshospice.org


Holistic Mission: Social Action and the Church of England a new report by ResPublica argues that the church must become an ‘enabling institution focussed on holistic, interpersonal, local social action’ and concludes that ‘local government and churches should work together to fight deep-seated poverty and social dysfunction, reveals that the church drives social action, and calls on Government to harness this for the common good’.


Does Faith have a place in today’s society? 6pm – 8pm Monday 23rd September Wakefield Interfaith Group invites you to join their discussion and debate in Treacy Hall (next to Wakefield Cathedral)  Please bring vegetarian food to share.   For further information contact the secretary on 01924 863956 or chair on 01924 250781. Everyone welcome.


Find out about water: Community groups across West Yorkshire are being encouraged to find out more about their water through a talk from one of Yorkshire Water’s Speakers Panel. As part of its commitment to customers, the company is offering community groups water saving advice. People can find out more about how Yorkshire’s water is cleaned, where it comes from and how waste water is dealt with. Anne Reed, who runs the company’s Speakers Panel, says: “We’re keen to help people understand more about the complex business of supplying clean water and treating dirty water. People often don’t even realise that we deal with dirty water as well as the water which goes down drainpipes on their houses. “Our Speakers Panel are specially-trained members of staff who volunteer to talk to community and voluntary groups in their area and offer water-saving advice too. “If anyone wants to request a speaker they can fill in a simple form on our website on www.yorkshirewater.com/speakers-panel or give us a call on 01274 692548.”


A new interactive website, www.churchofengland.org/how2help taps into a wealth of parish experience from across the country via major research by the Mission & Public Affairs Div and Church Urban Fund drawing on 45 initiatives from 36 dioceses.  Prof Hilary Russell looked in depth across food banks to children’s centres, debt counselling to work with offenders, in urban, rural and suburban settings. See also:

Faith groups providing local community services, www.demos.co.uk/files/Faithful_Providers_-_web.pdf?1358533399  Church Urban Fund report on involvement in social action www.cuf.org.uk/church-action?dm_i=5DF,19CT0,4VVQGO,49NEZ,1


Benjamin Britten: Music & Faith   Saturday 28th September 10am – 3.30pm. Listening, talking, singing and enjoying the mysticism and emotion of the music at the Mirfield Centre, Stocksbank Road, Mirfield WF14 0BW  Cost £18.  Ring 01924 481920 or e-mail centre@mirfield.org.uk to book your place.


The Faith in the Community report, published recently by Christians in Parliament and the Evangelical Alliance, shows the great value of churches and other faith groups to local communities across Great Britain.  Following a survey of local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales the report illustrates the range of activities provided by faith groups – from dog training, astronomy classes and anger management to running libraries and post offices.  And churches run food banks, debt advice centres and Street Pastors in most towns and cities.


About My Area is an online community magazine designed to support groups who may not have their own web site or the ability to reach thousands of people per week. By posting articles free of charge about events and promotions, listing local clubs and groups the site becomes a one stop shop for local residents and visitors wanting to find out more about the area. It also gives your congregation a place to find details of everything that’s happening. As a regular church goer, Fran Etherington and bought up immersed in the parish church environment by my Archdeacon father,  she is thrilled to be partnering with Network Leeds and offer the local churches the opportunity to use the website for no charge to promote their activities and events. She operates specifically in the LS7, LS8 and LS17 postcodes. By sending her your information you will be able to reach a large and growing audience of around 15,000 per week (rising to around 40,000 in the weeks between Bonfire Night and Christmas), made up of local residents and visitors to the area. She will post articles onto the sites and also put some information onto Facebook and Twitter for you. She is  looking for non-profit organisations to do this for no fee. Here Is How You Can Get Involved: Subscribe to the Newsletter for your area and Send Fran details and articles about any events you would like to promote: fran@aboutmyarea.co.uk


Funding bulletin: The next edition of the Funding Bulletin is now available to download from the News page of the York & North Yorkshire Funding Advice Network website via this link: http://www.ynyfundingadvice.org.uk/index.php/news.html      


The benefits system is causing hundreds of thousands of people to go hungry. Church Action on Poverty and Oxfam have launched Walking the Breadline, a report which shows that food poverty is growing out of control in the UK. Rising prices, spiralling unemployment, and attacks on our social safety net are having a terrible impact. Half a million people are dependent on emergency food aid. The single biggest cause of this hunger is the benefit system. People turn to food banks because they cannot get crisis loans, because benefits are delayed, and – alarmingly – because benefit sanctions have left them with nothing to live on. The benefit sanctions regime has gone too far, and is leading to mass destitution. Benefit cuts and the introduction of Universal Credit are likely to make the situation worse. Food banks may not have the capacity to cope. Find out more and read the stories - click here to see our report Walking the Breadline.


Historic Churches Preservation Trust grants.  2013 sees the 60th anniversary of the Historic Churches Preservation Trust, set up in the early 1950s to help to repair war damage and neglect. Details of their grants programmes for 2013 have now been launched. You can find details by selecting NCT GRANTS 2013 from the dropdown list under Supporting Churches on the homepage www.nationalchurchestrust.org.  


Together for the Common Good Conference 6 to 8 September Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, L16 9JD: T4CG is a national project looking at how different Christian traditions and other faith communities can work better together for social justice. Superb contributors will share in working groups, panel discussions and informal sessions.  


September TRiL Annual General Meeting Thursday 19th September 10.30am. Leeds Church Institute, New Market Street LS1 6DG.  To continue with Treasures Revealed in Leeds – sharing our multi-cultural treasures - the group needs new volunteer committee members.  Contact Jamie Guest bethandjamie@ntlworld.com  0113 2522797


“Better Off Without Them? Report of the FaithToEngage (London) study into the proportion of voluntary sector welfare projects organised by churches and other faiths” found that faith organisations were running 40% of all voluntary sector welfare projects in the borough (35% by Christians and 5% by other faiths), two or three times the number that might be expected based on, for example, regular church attendance/membership.  An additional 7% of secular projects had been founded by a faith organisation.  Projects run by faith-based organisations were significantly smaller serving ¼ as many users at a similar proportion of the cost and staff but with more volunteers.


Concord’s Annual Peace Service Wednesday October 23rd 7pm. Representatives of nine faiths will light candles and share words of peace in the Banquet Hall, Leeds Civic Hall in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Leeds.  Everyone welcome.


Nesta has published a how-to guide to crowdfunding, along with a directory of sources.


Microsoft Office 2013 is the latest addition to http://www.ctxchange.org – the site where eligible charity users can obtain very low cost software licences.


Fuel Poverty Exhibition. A new Exhibition about Fuel Poverty is now vailable for display in your Church. Over 57,000 homes in Leeds are fuel poor.  This means that they would have to spend more than 10% of their household income on fuel to keep their home in a 'satisfactory' condition.  The consequences of fuel poverty are serious, including ill-health, declining mental health and difficult economic choices (such as do I heat my home or feed my family).  Leeds End Fuel Poverty Network has developed an exhibition which highlights the issues, based on real stories of people in Leeds.  This exhibition is available to be displayed in your church building, community centre, school or anywhere else where you think it would help to highlight these issues. There are simple steps that we can do to help make a difference – whether we experience fuel poverty, know someone who does or can offer our voice to see change happen.  The church is ideally placed to raise its voice together to support this issue. To book the exhibition or discuss the issues further contact Laura on laura.mcfarlane-shopes@leedstidal.org or 0113 373 1752. See more about fuel poverty on the Leeds Tidal website

August Funding Bulletin is now available to download. Funding highlights include: a large number of funds to support people and communities with health and social welfare activities; Post Office Community Enterprise Fund encouraging sub-postmasters to work with local people to come up with innovative ways that post offices can support the local community; The Ernest Cook Trust supporting organisations wishing to encourage young people's interest either in the countryside and the environment; Concertina providing grants to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly; People and Parks Fund encouraging local people more involved in the management of their parks and for the first time, is providing funding to conserve historic cemeteries.


Bradford Faith Trail  Saturday 7th September 10.30am – 3.45pm 10.30am St Peter’s Church, 651 Leeds Road BD3 8EL; 11.30am Shree Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 321 Leeds Road BD3 9LS; 12.30pm Abu Bakar Masjid, 38 Steadman Terrace BD3 9ND; 1.30pm Guru Gobind Singh Ji Gurdwara, Off Leeds Road BD3 9JN (lunch stop); 3pm Bradford Cathedral, 1 Stott Hill, BD1 4EH. Booking is not essential; but if a group is coming please let us know by leaving a message with Bradford Cathedral on 01274 777720.


Yorkshire Living Churchyard Project. For up to date news on the Yorkshire Living Churchyard Project see here


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