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CRC Groups

Social Justice Group

Social Justice has been at the heart of the CRC agenda since its creation. The Task Group looks to address some of the key issues of social and economic exclusion to assess where the commission can make a contribution to the life and work of churches serving their local communities across the region.  

The Group also operates an online collaborative community.

CRC has published a new version of ‘Muck, Brass and Credit’, about the reasons for indebtedness and what can be done; a briefing paper on the BNP, and a briefing paper on unemployment. The CRC has also surveyed faith representatives on Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) in a project with the Yorkshire and Humber Faiths Forum. CRC has also published papers on Housing Issues, the Big Society, Health reforms and Welfare cuts.

Inter-faith Group

CRC actively encourages inter-faith working to act in partnership and promote a more cohesive society. Employers, local authorities, policy makers and community groups must all understand faith so that they can act fairly and effectively. The Yorkshire and Humber Faiths Forum (YHFF) was launched in December 2005 following extensive research and consultation by CRC in partnership with the Yorkshire and Humber Assembly. The funding to employ staff, however ended in March 2011, and so CRC’s inter-faith task group is seeking to have more of a co-ordinating role.  The Interfaith task group is now focusing on resourcing Christians for interfaith engagement. The chair of the group is the Revd. Charles Dobbin, who works for the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds.

Rural Group

At a time of unprecedented change and ongoing crisis within the rural community, and agricultural restructuring in particular, CRC promotes the effective engagement of rural churches with their communities. The Rural Churches Steering Group seeks to gather and disseminate best practice in rural church initiatives; provide expertise to church leaders and partners in the region in the area of rural work from a Christian perspective and be a focus for theological reflection. It also provides training, and has acted as a catalyst for specific rural initiatives.