Bedroom Tax: See the latest briefing from CRC on the bedroom tax .
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
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-
Wednesday 9 October 2013 York St John University Temple Hall. Tax researcher, chartered accountant and political economist. 'Jesus would cut the tax gap'
Wednesday 19 March 2014 York Minster Head of Christian Aid Scotland ‘The naked emperor:challenging the ideology of deficiency’
Wednesday 21 May 2014 York Minster Economics Editor, The Guardian 'In it together or in it for the money?'
Wednesday 4 June 2014 York St John University Temple Hall
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 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 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-
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 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 .
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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
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-
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: and download the booking form . Small groups are available for those who wish to explore themes further. Contact Graham Brownlee for details on 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 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 to help people continue the dialogue with their MP, with suggestions of what to say to common lines of response. They encourage people to , 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-
The response can be found
St Wilfrid Lectures: ‘Who is my neighbour’ Thursday September 19 -
Church Urban Fund -
: 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, 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-
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-
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-
A new interactive website, 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, Church Urban Fund report on involvement in social action
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-
The , 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
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:
Church Action on Poverty and Oxfam have launched , 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.
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 .
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-
“Better Off Without Them? 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-
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 , along with a directory of sources.
Microsoft Office 2013 is the latest addition to – 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,
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-
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.
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