Where mercy and justice meet
Standing ready to do more
The current refugee crisis across Europe is well documented. It attracted significant media coverage in the second half of last year in particular. So far a relatively small number of refugees have arrived in the UK, but over the coming […]
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January
18
Author
Geoff Knott
What can Christianity contribute to British society today?
Dr Tim Keller, the best-selling author of books including The Reason for God and Generous Justice, addressed MPs, peers and guests in a packed Parliamentary room on Monday 22 June, exploring answers to the question: what can Christianity […]
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July
06
Author
Geoff Knott
Is the impact of your church wide and deep?
An interesting observation coming out of our recently published 3rd National Church and Social Action Survey Report is that some kinds of social action can impact a surprising number of people in the community for a short time, while […]
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March
30
Author
Geoff Knott
Don't exclude youth from social action
The Cabinet Office has just published a report, Evaluating Youth Social Action, showing that school-aged children who take part in some form of social action are significantly more likely to volunteer their time later on in life. By Geoff Knott
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March
24
Author
Geoff Knott
UNSUNG HEROES, REACHING FURTHER WITH NEW CONFIDENCE
Our recently published results of the third biennial National Church and Social Action Survey demonstrate what an increasingly vital role churches play in our communities across the UK (and always have done). These efforts, largely […]
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March
11
Author
Geoff Knott
An economy that is creative, generous, inclusive and empowering
It was a privilege to attend an event in Church House, Westminster, last Wednesday, where the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, spoke on ‘The Good Economy’ – reconnecting wealth creation with social justice. The archbishop […]
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February
09
Author
Geoff Knott
The asset gap - a missing part of the solution to poverty - Part 3
In previous parts to this blog, we’ve been looking at the reasons behind the large and growing gap between rich and poor in this nation. We identified that this was not just a difference of income but also of asset ownership. We […]
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December
23
Author
Geoff Knott
The asset gap - a missing part of the solution to poverty - Part 2
In the first part of this blog, we looked at the reasons behind the large and growing gap between rich and poor in this nation. We identified that this was not just a difference of income but also of asset ownership. We looked at ways […]
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December
16
Author
Geoff Knott
The asset gap - a missing part of the solution to poverty - Part 1
Channel 4’s programme Dispatches: How the Rich get Richer, shown in November 2014, highlighted the large and growing gap between rich and poor. One can immediately think of difference in income as the main factor, but the programme […]
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December
09
Author
Geoff Knott
A society of justice, compassion and energy
It was a privilege to be able to attend a recent event in Parliament to celebrate the work of CSAN – Caritas Social Action Network – the social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the […]
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November
11
Author
Geoff Knott
WE NEED A UNION ON THE STREET
A song promoting credit unions and warning of the ‘dangers’ of payday loans was launched recently by The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Taskforce on Responsible Credit and Savings. It tells the story of young people who get into […]
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August
18
Author
Geoff Knott
Suited and Booted
I was chatting to a group of church leaders in east London recently and they mentioned an initiative called Suited and Booted. Run out of the appropriately named St Andrews-by-the-Wardrobe church in the City of London, Suited and Booted […]
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July
21
Author
Geoff Knott
Successful petition to ban payday loans ads
On Wednesday evening, 27 November 2013, Tower Hamlets Council took a decision to ban payday loan adverts on public billboards and bus shelters and/or setting up business in local authority property. This followed a petition organised […]
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March
25
Author
Geoff Knott
Nearly 1 billion people have been taken out of extreme poverty in 20 years
Given all the adverse publicity on poverty, one fact that we need to hear and to celebrate is that the world has lately been making extraordinary progress in lifting people out of extreme poverty. Between 1990 and 2010, their number […]
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July
15
Author
Geoff Knott
Big picture and local context - seminars at the Jubilee+ National Conference 2012
“Really helpful.” “Great stories.” “Inspiring.” “So much to take in.” “Thought provoking.” “Useful for networking.” These were just some of the comments made about the seminars at the Jubilee+ Churches that […]
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October
11
Author
Geoff Knott

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