Making a difference

Love, truth, beauty, and human compassion, strength and resilience are all around us. But so too are inequality, injustice, environmental exploitation, and human pain and suffering.

Our world is changing in new and unprecedented ways, we must think afresh about inequality, our communities, and what it means to be human. We need to be the best Church we can be in such a time as this: a more Christ-like Church for the sake of God’s world.

The needs of the planet and society can feel overwhelming; paralysing many from acting. Yet we live in a time of unprecedented opportunity: ours is a counter-cultural Gospel, we are called to care for the Earth, to live sustainably and to love our neighbour.

God is already at work through more than a thousand churches, chaplaincies and schools in this diocese and also through each of us as individual disciples. From food banks, to the Eco Church movement and our successful campaign for fossil fuel divestment, much is being done… did you know that over 520 churches in this diocese are already involved in social action?

With over 400 of our parishes supporting food banks and as many as 1,700 community projects in this diocese, it’s clear that the church is doing some amazing things.

By engaging with our communities, dealing with the things on our doorstep that we can do something about and challenging unjust structures, we can begin to address the inequalities arising from austerity and be at the heart of tackling the environmental crisis.

What are your beliefs about the world, and where is your hope? What’s your passion for change? Throughout the Diocese, Christians are working to make the world a better place.

These pages are your guide to thinking, praying and taking action right now to make a bigger difference in the world.

Raise your conscience high, to be alive.

Justice-seeking friends who unite in unlikely coalitions are what I call church.