The Christian Muslim Forum is hosting an event on Christian-Muslim Marriage. Their aim is to offer exploration of the issues to religious leaders and others working with inter faith couples and provide pastoral support to those who are in inter faith relationships.
On October 3rd 2013, 150 people came together from across the Middlesbrough area to learn, share and pray together about issues of poverty. The conference was opened by Rt Rev.Terence Drainey, Bishop Of Middlesbrough and included a rich and varied programme, with presentations from Teesside University and Andy McDonald MP, stories from local people and church-based projects. The key findings of "Faith in Action" a report into Christain Social Action around Middlesbrough were presented and followed up with some theological reflection from Revd Canon Dr Stephen Cherry.
The HCF invites you to take part in:
Saturday 19 October 2013 - 10 am – 4 pm
A Tour of Temples & Churches
An insight into the design and architectural heritage of the oldest, newest and most famous places of worship in Leicester
The percentage of Britons believing that "benefits for unemployed people are too high and discourage work" seeing its biggest fall in thirty years! This good news comes from the annual British Social Attitudes survey, which shows the biggest softening in attitudes so far. Does this mean that the UK is becoming a more caring, compassionate and tolerant place? Jesus promted us to love our neighbours. We therefore need to empathise with people in need in our communities, not blame them!
This is an interesting question that Raquel Rolnik, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on housing is now investigating. Housing benefit changed in April 2013.
Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murphy speaks to Carmel McConnell, founder of a charity which delivers free breakfasts to schools and Jeanette Brumby, a London headteacher about the problems of children going hungry in the UK - http://www.channel4.com/news/kids-hunger-government-action-poverty-line
The charity the Children's Society has preoduced a report that's well worth a read. The Children’s Society has serious concerns that funding cuts hitting children’s centres will make it increasingly difficult to help disadvantaged families and is urging for ring-fenced government support. http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/news-views/press-release/sweeping-cuts-and-barriers-block-families-using-childrens-centres
Yesterday saw interesting differnt views about the new Universal Credit benefit, which aims to roll six previously separate benefits into one. The National Audit Office has warned that the government's flagship welfare reform has been badly managed, is "overambitious" and poor value for money. Ministers however say that the rollout of universal credit would be delivered "within budget and within the timescale" What are your thoughts?