Faith In Action Advocate

Faith in Action Advocate Revd Duncan Goldie

duncan-goldie1The Forum relates closely to the URC Secretary for Faith in Action and the Joint Public Issues Team and it includes the Synod advocates for Commitment for Life and Racial Justice in its active membership. It seeks to present matters of concern to the formal meetings of the Synod and give links to websites which can provide further information.

Through those with specific knowledge, we seek to keep well informed on local issues, such as farming and rural life, asylum seekers, Post Office closure, criminal justice and support of prisoners, poverty and homelessness, and on wider issues of justice, fair trade, development and support for those on the margins of society as well as climate change and the ecology.

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Faith In Action Forum

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed,
and announce that the time has come when the Lord will save his people.”.
St Luke ch 4 vv 18-19 (GNB)

The words which Jesus read from the prophet Isaiah in the synagogue in Nazareth sum up the agenda of the Faith In Action Committee. All who worship in the churches of the Eastern Synod are members of the Forum as all who seek to follow Jesus are called “to love your neighbour as you love yourself.” This is not an optional extra.

The next Faith In Action meeting Saturday 13th May 2017
at 10.00 am till 1.00 pm at 147 Thornton Road, Girton, Cambridge, CB3 0NE. (at the Cressey's)

All are welcome - please let us know if you are coming:


Download: Faith in Action Forum Report 5th November 2016

Download: Church in Society/Faith In Action Forum Report 21st May 2014
Download: Church in Society Forum Report from Meeting 23rd January 2014


EMERGENCY RESOLUTION ON THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Additional resolution as part of the Mission Committee Report - Proposer:  Duncan Goldie - Faith in Action Advocate Paper D - Eastern Synod Meeting: 10th October 2015

The resolution to lobby the UK Government, appearing as Resolution D1 below, has been produced by the East Midlands Synod. The Revd Duncan Goldie, Synod Faith in Action Advocate with the Faith in Action Forum, has proposed that Eastern Synod considers adoption of this resolution.

Download: Additional Resolution Paper D for further Information

Download: Letter sent to -  The Right Hon David Cameron Prime Minister


Eastern Synod - Faith in Action Survey (Church in Society)

Faith in Action Forum - Mission through seeking Peace and Justice for all and caring for creation)

We asked our Churches to complete a survey, in October last year, which was discussed at our October Synod Meeting 2014.  The purpose of this survey is to build a picture of how Churches in the Eastern Synod are currently involved in Church in Society issues. So that we can work out how this can be best supported through mutual sharing of information, and the Form Faith in Action Forum [Church in Society] needs to take to meet the current needs of the churches in the synod. It was hoped that this survey would be discussed at Church and Elders meetings before it was filled in and returned to the Synod Office. See links below for the Summary and Results.

Eastern Synod Faith in Action forum - Presentation to Eastern Synod 11th October 2014 - Executive Summary

The Faith in Action Forum exists to support local Eastern Synod United Reformed Churches in mission through seeking peace and justice for all, and caring for creation. Our aim is to help local churches implement Vision 2020 Statement 9 (Justice and Peace) and Statement 10 (The Integrity of Creation). To enable us to identify how we can help and support local churches we have carried out a survey and this document summarises the results.

41 churches in Eastern Synod responded to the Faith in Action Forum survey, about a third of the total number; of these, 80% consider social justice very or fairly important. It was noted that about 25% of the churches have actually spoken to their MP; half of them on 5 or more occasions. It is clear that there is a real passion for social justice within the United Reformed Church.

Download: Faith in Action Forum Presentation to Eastern Synod Executive Summary

Download: Detailed Graphs of Faith In Action Forum Survey Results

 

 

Faith in Action Resources

Faith in Foodbanks
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The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and Church Action on Poverty have produced a three-part resource for churches about the growing food poverty crisis. "Faith in Foodbanks?" recognises the ministry of many churches helping people who cannot afford to eat, looks at why there has been such a growth in foodbanks, and suggests ways churches can take action to tackle the underlying causes. It offers worship and bible resources to help Christians to reflect on food and poverty in Britain today.

Website: Joint Public Issues Team - UK Faith In Food Banks

View:  Full Press Release Here

A Toolkit for Local Authority Housing Options services. Managing the effects of housing benefit change.

Download: A Toolkit for Local Authority Housing

Faith in Action related reports

Chris Wright’s Reflective Study Visit to Southern Africa

The FURY website carries an excellent article by Victoria Paulding on her visit to Mwenzo Girls’ Secondary School in Zambia. Christ Wright continues the Southern Africa theme by telling you of his 6 week visit to Southern Africa, funded by a Mission Bursary from the John Hall Fund of Emmanuel URC Cambridge.

Download: report

Faith In Action useful links

Faith In Action useful website links  

Website: The Arthur Rank Centre 

For 40 years the Arthur Rank Centre has served both the spiritual and practical needs of the rural Christian community through a programme of community and social projects, resourcing and training. The Centre is not just a building but an enduring symbol of faith in the countryside. Its mission: to resource rural churches of all denominations, to develop greater understanding between rural and urban communities and between different faith groups.


Website: Christian Aid

Christian Aid and its partners are working to bring an end to poverty around the world - tackling its root causes as well as its effects.


Website: Church Action on Poverty

Church Action on Poverty is a national campaigning body, but also runs grassroots projects in local communities.


Website: Operation NOAH

A Christian organisation which provides leadership, focus and inspiration in response to the growing threat of catastrophic climate change endangering God’s creation.


Website: CHASTE

Churches alert to sex trafficking across Europe.


Website: Housing Justice

Housing Justice is the national voice of Christian action in the field of housing and homelessness. We exist because we believe that human dignity is challenged by the lack of decent housing.

Mission Tools

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Vision Initiatives

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Newsletters

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The Purpose and Mission of the Synod; the Synod Meeting; our Area Partnerships; each of our Committees and the calendar of meeting dates.

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Find out who's who on the Synod Office Team.  If you are unsure who to get in touch with, use the Contact Us form and your query will be routed to the right person!

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