Where mercy and justice meet
Six-week gap adds up to poverty
When I calculated that my local foodbank has seen an 82% increase in demand since Universal Credit was rolled out, I assumed I’d messed up the sums....
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September
19
Author
Natalie Williams
An invitation...
Jeremy Simpkins heads up the ChristCentral international family of churches, which is hosting this year's Churches that Change Communities conference. Here is a short video from Jeremy inviting you to the event...
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August
23
Author
Natalie Williams
A few words from Krish Kandiah...
One of the keynote speakers at this year's Churches that Change Communities conference is Krish Kandiah, founder and director of Home for Good and president of the London School of Theology. Here are a few words from Krish about the conference...
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July
06
Author
Natalie Williams
An increasingly vital role
The Church in the UK has an astonishing track record of supporting and caring for the poorest in our communities over centuries. Since the global financial crash of 2008, churches of all denominations have stepped up their engagement […]
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May
12
Author
Natalie Williams
Reckless living and the kindness of God
Anyone who has followed this blog or the work of Jubilee+ for a while will know that the concept of a deserving and undeserving poor is something we are passionately opposed to... By Natalie Williams
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March
08
Author
Natalie Williams
Who We Are
If you've ever wondered about what Jubilee+ is and does, or you want to know more about what we can do to help you engage with the poorest in your neighbourhoods and strengthen your communities, please check out this two-minute video […]
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February
22
Author
Natalie Williams
Honouring the poor in Mumbai
We must honour the poor, said Robert, who heads up a church-run nursery in one of the slums of Mumbai. The words hit me hard. I don't know why - it's not that I haven't thought about it like that before - but somehow they came with […]
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February
02
Author
Natalie Williams
Jubilee+ Profile: Martin Charlesworth
Each month in 2016 we’ll be profiling Jubilee+ team members and directors. First up we have Martin Charlesworth, who leads the team. By Natalie Williams
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January
26
Author
Natalie Williams
Shocked by the 'New Normal'
Bookended by terrorist attacks in Paris and punctuated by political surprises, the growing refugee crisis and continued austerity, 2015 was in many ways a year of fear and uncertainty. As I cast my mind back to seeing national and […]
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January
05
Author
Natalie Williams
Ideas for intentional generosity
Yesterday my mum asked me if I’ve finished wrapping my Christmas presents. Wrapping them? I haven’t even finished buying them! At this time of year it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas, especially […]
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December
17
Author
Natalie Williams
A stomach-churning dread of Christmas
How do you feel about Christmas? I love celebrating it, but I don’t like to think about it until December! I enjoyed spending Christmas in China during my year in Beijing, mainly because no decorations went up in shops until the […]
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December
08
Author
Natalie Williams
Shocking events shine spotlight on our hearts
The events on Friday in Paris are simply shocking. As the news unfolded late that night, like most people I found myself horrified and perplexed. It’s difficult to imagine how one person starts a conversation with another person […]
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November
20
Author
Natalie Williams
What does it mean to 'love mercy'?
Four years ago, a friend of mine was killed by a lorry while cycling to work. The lorry driver was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and warned that he was facing a custodial sentence. But between the verdict and sentencing […]
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November
11
Author
Natalie Williams
'It's not a gloomy picture!'
On Saturday 17th October, we were delighted to hold our fifth national Churches that Change Communities conference. I use the word 'delighted' deliberately – it truly is a great joy for us (the Jubilee+ team) to welcome hundreds […]
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October
22
Author
Natalie Williams
'NOW I WONDER WHAT THEIR STORIES ARE...'
“In the end, when you meet people, we’re all the same. You don’t see that in the news. You just see them as a group, not as individuals. Now I wonder what their stories are. I see it completely differently.” These are the words […]
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October
13
Author
Natalie Williams
Dads, fitness, employment and more...
One of the thing I love about being part of the Jubilee+ team is that I have the privilege of hearing about all sorts of projects and activities that are springing up across the country to help people. There are literally hundreds […]
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October
07
Author
Natalie Williams
The crisis continues...
Three weeks ago, our newspapers, TV screens and Facebook timelines were filled with the image of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed up on the beach after his desperate family tried to reach safer lands. To […]
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September
29
Author
Natalie Williams
Empowered for life
Last night, I started a ‘cooking from scratch’ basic cookery course. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I’m in my mid-30s yet have never learnt to cook. I wasn’t taught at home; I do remember some lessons at school but I […]
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September
21
Author
Natalie Williams
How do we increase out impact?
Have you ever wondered how to help people who have battled with poverty and oppression to change their mindset and break old habits? How do we bring dignity and hope to people who have not experienced those things before? Or maybe […]
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September
14
Author
Natalie Williams
Every refugee's life matters
On Thursday I was wandering around my local supermarket trying not to cry. I was in the toothpaste aisle buying tubes to send to Calais, when I spotted the milk teeth toothpaste. It made me immediately think of the image of Aylan Kurdi […]
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September
06
Author
Natalie Williams
Social enterprises: thriving while doing good
Social enterprises are outperforming regular businesses on growth and impact, according to early findings from the latest State of Social Enterprise Survey. Other preliminary findings reveal that 39% of social enterprises in the UK […]
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August
03
Author
Natalie Williams
Time away to reflect, pray and plan
A particular two days in July have been the highlight of each of the last four years for me: the annual Jubilee+ away days. I love being part of a team that prioritises time together like this to really reflect on the previous 12 months […]
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July
27
Author
Natalie Williams
A simple solution to homelessness
In May 2015, a place called Medicine Hat became the first city in Canada to virtually eliminate homelessness - people living on the streets. How did they attain what sounds like a remarkable achievement? Simply put: they gave homeless […]
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June
29
Author
Natalie Williams
Equipped to respond to the needs around us
Last week we delved into some of the findings of the Evangelical Alliance’s Good news for the poor? report, revealing three specific challenges that emerge from the statistics. These were: By Natalie Williams
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June
08
Author
Natalie Williams
The challenge of the EA research into poverty in the UK
“78 per cent of evangelicals say the last government’s policies hurt the poor” according to an Evangelical Alliance press release issued on Sunday May 31st to announce the results of the organisation’s latest research By Natalie Williams
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June
01
Author
Natalie Williams
How to vote tomorrow
Tomorrow people all across Britain will go polling stations to vote in what is sure to be one of the closest and most interesting elections for decades. Recent surveys by the Evangelical Alliance have shown that Christians are highly […]
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May
05
Author
Natalie Williams
Taking time for conversations
When you wander around your city or town, do you ever find yourself wondering about the lives of the people you pass? Maybe it’s the former nosey journalist in me, but I often catch myself contemplating people’s lives and wondering […]
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April
27
Author
Natalie Williams
THE HIDDEN REASON FOR POVERTY
At the start of this week, a new TED Talk was released. Delivered by human rights attorney Gary Haugen, who was sent to Rwanda in 1994 to be the director of the UN’s genocide investigation, the talk is entitled: The hidden reason […]
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April
20
Author
Natalie Williams
Extending the reach of generosity
One of the wonders of modern technology is the expanded opportunity it gives us for generosity. It’s so easy these days to donate money to charities, sponsor friends or complete strangers online, to help dreams become realities through […]
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April
13
Author
Natalie Williams
A growing heart for the poor
All across Britain today, Christians will be packing food parcels, giving advice to those overwhelmed by debt, making beds at night shelters, and offering hope to hundreds – maybe thousands – of people who are in one kind of poverty […]
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April
06
Author
Natalie Williams
Hostile to the homeless?
The subject of homelessness was in the news a lot last month. At the start of February, national charity Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published the findings of their research into this issue, claiming that the number of […]
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March
03
Author
Natalie Williams
'Poverty/inequality' is key election issue
The headline “Evangelicals could swing the General Election for good” appeared on the Christian Today website on Thursday 19th February 2015. It followed the publication of the Evangelical Alliance’s Faith in Politics? report […]
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February
24
Author
Natalie Williams
INSTEAD OF GIVING UP, GIVE AWAY
Are you giving up anything for Lent? It starts tomorrow, and so my Twitter-feed is already overflowing with ideas on what to give up, including giving up giving up! The hashtag that’s grabbed my attention the most so far, though […]
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February
17
Author
Natalie Williams
Cultivating generosity
Lately I’ve been trying to cultivate generosity in my life. I’m not naturally an especially generous person, but I want to be. I love hearing stories of generosity – it genuinely warms the heart to hear about someone going the […]
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February
02
Author
Natalie Williams
Don't sit on the sidelines
Over the last week you may have noticed a lot of activity on Twitter featuring #showup. It's been very exciting to see over 30 Christian organisations – including Jubilee+ – and hundreds of individuals coming together to encourage […]
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January
20
Author
Natalie Williams
Maybe it's time to 'show up'
There are just 114 days until the General Election. The political parties have launched their campaigns and speculation is rife about what will happen both in the run up to polling day and on the day itself. Maybe we'll have televised […]
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January
15
Author
Natalie Williams
How the rich get richer
Inequality between the rich and the poor is increasingly in the media spotlight. Our strengthening economy appears not to be making the slightest dent in this growing gap, as demonstrated by Dispatches: How the Rich Get Richer on Channel […]
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November
19
Author
Natalie Williams
Get on the pitch!
Last week I attended an event in Parliament called Your Church and Political Engagement. Run by Christians in Politics, the event featured short talks from Christian MPs from each of the three main political parties. From new Conservative […]
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November
03
Author
Natalie Williams
When will enough be enough?
“I need to get paid more,” someone said to me a couple of weeks ago over a pub lunch. I can’t remember what we were talking about, but that sentence has stayed with me ever since, particularly because I know the person who said […]
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September
29
Author
Natalie Williams
'I'M NOT A BUM; I'M A HUMAN BEING'
Last week we mentioned we have a book coming out in October called The Myth of the Undeserving Poor. One of the points we make in the book is this; Our attitudes towards people in poverty (and people in general) can so often be based […]
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September
14
Author
Natalie Williams
A book to read 'slowly on your knees'
The first Jubilee+ book will be published next month and available to buy at our Churches that Change Communities conference. In the run up to the event we want to let you know a little bit more about the book, The Myth of the Undeserving […]
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September
07
Author
Natalie Williams
Just a few days left...
Last week we told you a little about the speakers and seminars at this year’s Churches that Change Communities conference, as well as two of the reasons why we run this event annually. After our 2013 conference, we were delighted […]
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September
01
Author
Natalie Williams
A meaningful difference
One of the highlights of each year for the Jubilee+ team is our annual Churches that Change Communities conference. We really enjoy bringing together a few hundred Christians from across the country to focus on the fact that the gospel […]
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August
25
Author
Natalie Williams
I NEVER IN MY LIFE GOT TREATED LIKE THIS...
Everyone wants some dignity, says Dennis, one of 50 homeless people in the US who were recently surprised by a 'good prank'. Watch this 5-minute video to see what happened – be sure to keep watching to the end to be moved and inspired […]
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August
11
Author
Natalie Williams
Precious time together; exciting days ahead
Every summer the Jubilee+ team takes two days out from everyday life to spend together worshipping, praying, listening to God and strategising for the next 12 months. There are currently five of us on the team, all with busy lives […]
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July
14
Author
Natalie Williams
More than we need can lead to greed
Are you richer than you were 10 years ago? I am. Unlike in 2004, today I am debt-free, my monthly income exceeds my monthly expenditure, and I have some savings. But as my bank balance has risen, has my greed increased too? By Natalie Williams
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July
07
Author
Natalie Williams
Churches that Change Communities
If your church closed down today, how long would it take for your community to know you had gone? That was the question posed by David Carr of Renewal Church Solihull at the Newfrontiers Everything Conference a couple of years ago […]
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June
30
Author
Natalie Williams
Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast
Quoting from The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby began his address to the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast earlier this week with: “I hope and pray [the Church] will never just be […]
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June
18
Author
Natalie Williams
Out of the mouths of babes
No rehearsed party line, no clever rhetoric, no agenda, just this from a hungry 10-year-old: “It shouldn’t be like this. All people should have food.” Last night’s Breadline Kids on Channel 4 made for uncomfortable viewing […]
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June
09
Author
Natalie Williams
98 million hours
This week is Volunteers’ Week – it’s actually the 30th year of this annual celebration of the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. Its purpose is to recognise and honour the commitment and sacrifice of […]
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June
03
Author
Natalie Williams
Can you change the world?
A while back I heard a lot about a guy who was given up for adoption by his parents, dropped out of college, slept on friends' floors and exchanged used Coke cans for money for food. That guy was Steve Jobs – innovator, entrepreneur […]
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May
27
Author
Natalie Williams
How should we engage in local politics?
Next week we have the opportunity (right, privilege, duty) to vote in local elections, to select the people we would like to make decisions that affect our communities. Did you know that Christians are more likely to vote in general […]
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May
12
Author
Natalie Williams
Miracles of mercy, no matter what
When we look at the Gospels, we read account after account of the miracles of Jesus. For those who needed release from oppression and demons, Jesus released them; for those who needed to be set free from conditions that imprisoned […]
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May
05
Author
Natalie Williams
Poverty lining the piers
As I was wandering along Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco in February, I came across the man in the photo above. At the time, I'd been thinking a lot about the concept of distinguishing between a deserving and an undeserving poor […]
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April
28
Author
Natalie Williams
Foodbank blame game misses the point
Last week The Trussell Trust released some shocking statistics from its foodbank network, revealing they provided at least three days’ food for 913,138 people between April 2013 and March 2014, of whom 330,205 are children. The […]
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April
22
Author
Natalie Williams
Being good news: a simple rule of thumb
I became Christian when I was 15 years old and for the first few years adopted a disturbing misunderstanding about God: I thought that the God of the Old Testament was mainly concerned with rules and laws, and then Jesus came and was […]
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April
14
Author
Natalie Williams
'Faith influences, inspires and impels at every turn'
“People who do God, do good.” That was the message of Baroness Warsi last week as she launched the findings of Jubilee+ research into how churches engage with their communities. The Jubilee+ research found that members of churches […]
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February
19
Author
Natalie Williams
An event to get excited about
By Natalie Williams There aren’t many conferences about which I feel really excited, but looking at the programme for the Jubilee+ and Nexus Faith + Justice conference, there’s every reason to feel impatient for 27th April to […]
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February
12
Author
Natalie Williams
Getting connected - networking at the Jubilee+ conference
One of the Jubilee+ team's biggest priorities for our national conference, held earlier this month in Bedford, was to ensure we provided plenty of opportunities for delegates to network. Feedback from our inaugural event in 2011 confirmed […]
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October
25
Author
Natalie Williams
A generation with compassion
It was my great privilege to be invited to Newday 2012 Christian youth camp to deliver a seminar on ‘Jesus + Loving the Poor’. I have to confess that I wasn’t sure how many teenagers would come along to the se By Natalie Williams […]
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September
03
Author
Natalie Williams
Empowered for impact
Jubilee+ was set up by Newfrontiers UK to equip churches to engage more effectively with their communities and, particularly, to help them increase their capacity to serve the poor. We do this through a By Natalie Williams, Jubilee+ team member
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July
07
Author
Natalie Williams
Book review: Embracing the Poor
By Natalie Williams, Jubilee+ team member Reaching out to the poor is a Gospel imperative. But who are the poor? How should the Church respond to the overwhelming needs in the world today? And how important is it for local churches […]
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December
27
Author
Natalie Williams
Always on God's heart
From time-to-time, I’ll invite other members of the Newfrontiers Social Action Team to contribute to this blog. The post below is written by team member Natalie Williams… In his book Generous Justice, Tim Keller states: “From […]
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August
29
Author
Natalie Williams

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