Power, Poverty and the Church

January 2012

How can we build a movement of Christians committed to tackling poverty in this country? And how can we help churches to engage more effectively with those in power?

Organised jointly by Church Urban Fund, Church Action on Poverty and St John’s Waterloo, this workshop brought together church leaders, activists and anti-poverty charities from across denominations to begin to address these questions.

To stimulate debate, we asked three prominent Christian social thinkers to share their views and experiences: Dr Luke Bretherton, Reader of Theology & Politics at King’s College London; Canon Paul Hackwood, Chair of Church Urban Fund; and Niall Cooper, National Coordinator of Church Action on Poverty. The event was chaired by The Revd Helen Dawes, Deputy Secretary for Public Affairs at Lambeth Palace.

Rosie Bairwal (CARJ), Mo Smith (RISE-Regenerate) and The Revd Giles Goddard (St John’s, Waterloo) contributed to the panel discussion.