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More than Feeding the Five Thousandfeast

When: Saturday 13th April 2013, 10.00 – 13.00
Where: St Peters Church Eastwick Road, Taunton TA2 7HD

South West Churches Forum and Social Responsibility Network South West
invite you to

More than Feeding the Five Thousand
Telling our Stories – Raising Our Prophetic Voice

A South West gathering for Christians who are addressing poverty in their communities, especially those who are involved in sharing food with those in need.

April 13th 10.00 – 13.00
St Peters Church Eastwick Road, Taunton TA2 7HD

“We have to start asking why this many people? What we are increasingly concerned about is that we don't take on a responsibility for the deeper, longer term resolution of poverty.”
Director of the Trussell Trust Chris Mould

What are we doing? What are we learning?
An opportunity to share with other church initiatives in the region and to raise questions about what we are seeing in our communities

What are the causes of poverty in the UK?
Professor Ruth Levitas of Bristol University, Research Fellow in Sociology

How can we develop our response?
The Living Wage and other initiatives addressing poverty

Increasing numbers are attending food banks in the South West. In April there will be significant changes to the welfare state bringing many more people into poverty. The government has accepted that 200,000 more children will be pushed into poverty with the new changes to benefits and tax credits.

A significant proportion of the population is being affected by more than one cut in public spending as well as inflation rises in energy, food and rented housing. Poor households spend a higher percentage of their income on these things compared to average and wealthier households.

We are called to give bread to the poor, but we are also encouraged to ask why the poor have no bread. As we respond pastorally to care for people facing vulnerability, we are also called to speak prophetically and to seek social justice with them.

Further details and to book please contact:
01749 685104

David Maggs  Chair of SWCRF