Fr Rob Wickham, Rector of Hackney, describes a community organising assembly which his parish hosted in August 2009...
“About 150 people gathered at St John at Hackney Church on Monday night for its first TELCO Hackney Assembly. (TELCO is the eastern chapter of London Citizens). At this assembly, we gathered the four main Mayor candidates for Hackney, and we sought pledges of support and partnership work from them in relation to the main campaigns of Living Wage, Strangers into... Read more
The Parish of the Divine Compassion covers 60,000 people in the London Borough of Newham – one of the most diverse places in a very diverse city. Canon Dr Angus Ritchie was Curate in the Parish when it began its first community organising campaign. He tells the story:
“The Parish of the Divine Compassion was a founder member of TELCO (The East London Communities Organisation - part of what has now grown into Citizens UK).
The first thing... Read more
The Department for Communities and Local Government has recently issued a myth busting document because, they say, "a number of myths surround the funding of faith-bases bodies to deliver publicly funded services and can obstruct the fair access of such bodies to public funding and tendering opportunities as part of the third sector."
As well as reassuring for those faith based organisations running projects it is a useful document to put before critics and obstructionists.
The... Read more
Drawing on experience from a wide range of contexts, the Church of England has published some very helpful guidance on Countering far right political parties, extremist groups and racist politics. It includes practical advice on holding election hustings; dealing with elected representatives of extremist groups, and developing long-term strategies - as well as statements by the... Read more
By Revd Preb John Root
General Synod in February 2004 requested the Mission and Public Affairs Council “to consider how the contributions and needs of minority ethnic people relate to an inclusive theology in changing models of church; consider the growing contribution of minority ethnic people to mission and parish renewal; and draw upon the experience of minority ethnic clergy and laity at looking at new ways of being church”. Such an embrace of ethnic diversity by... Read more
By Revd Preb John Root
The presence of large numbers of people in this country of Hindu, Sikh and Muslim background is a challenge the church has had to face over the past forty years, and is still seeking to come to terms with. As we have worked at this in our church in Alperton, we have began to formulate our aims, and clarify what it is that we are trying to do. It's my impression that confusion often hinders churches taking action, and causes them to be uncertain... Read more