When we read the tabloids, we get the impression that there is no real poverty in this country.
Those who claim they are poor are condemned as scroungers and benefit cheats; lazy freeloaders taking advantage of our generous welfare state.
Perhaps that's why, according to the latest research from Church Urban Fund, only one in five of us think poverty is a result of social injustice.
Faced with constant news stories about rising debt, unemployment, homelessness and child poverty, the problems in this country may seem insurmountable; even unavoidable. What is the truth? Is social inequality eroding social well-being? And if so, what’s the solution?
The issues are never black-and-white, but Church Urban Fund’s Poverty Course brings them into sharp relief.
Our five-week poverty course, originally written in partnership with best-selling Christian author David Rhodes for Lent this year, aims to break down the barriers of prejudice and misinformation, stimulate debate and bring poverty in England back into the forefront of public consciousness.
- Search for the truth behind the news headlines
- Think honestly about your own feelings and beliefs
- Explore how the Bible suggests we should respond to those in need
- Discover the reality of life for people living on the margins of society
- Ask yourself: ‘what should we do?’
We’re asking some serious questions. Can our society afford not to answer them?
Download your free poverty course today:
- Poverty course: Are we washing our hands of England’s poor?
- Poverty course: Leaders' notes
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Linked DVD: Strood Community Project
Linked DVD: The Source
Linked DVD: Narthex
- Linked DVD: St Andrew’s Clubmoor
Although the Poverty Course was initially created for use during Lent it has been designed to be used throughout the year. We've made the Lent version available now whilst we're updating the text.
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