Read a selection of blogs from churches and faith communities.
  1. hope into action 2 ladies talking over coffee

    'A Call To Alms' from Hope into Action


    The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community believes that churches are well placed to respond to housing need in their local area. Right now, this is more important than ever. That’s why we’re supporting Hope into Action’s ‘Call to Alms’. They’re asking church members and ministers to join a zoominar on the 3rd of June to discuss how churches can play an active role in meeting the growing need for supported housing. To find out more, see a letter below from their founder, Ed Walker.

    4 min read
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    A Christian Vision of Housing and Community


    FEATURE / The theologian Stephen Backhouse writes about how the Archbishop of Canterbury's Commission on Housing, Church and Community is seeking to express a distinctly Christian vision of housing and community.

    3 min read
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    A marriage made in heaven: how a church worked alongside a housing association for the community


    St Bride's was approached by Trafford Housing Trust about buying their land to provide a new community centre and housing. St Bride's got a new, more appropriate building, and it gave the community badly needed facilities.

    4 min read
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    A theological reflection on housing, with the help of Tolkien


    Revd Sophie Cowan suggests that, in exploring the ground between a ‘house’ and a ‘home’, we will enrich our vision of what might be achieved by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community.

    6 min read
  5. Almshouses

    Almshouses for the twenty-first century?


    The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community is looking at various different ways in which churches can meet housing need. This week, Mark Bennet, Team Rector at Thatcham in Berkshire, explains why we should hold almshouses in a higher regard.

    5 min read
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    Anyone who has two buildings should share with the one who has none


    St Silas, Blackburn had a problem. Their church hall was falling into disrepair. At the same time, Nightsafe, a charity working with homeless young people, had issues housing 16-18-year-olds together with their older clients, aged up to 25. Together, they had an opportunity: renovating the hall to create a home for six young people at risk of homelessness.

    4 min read
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    Archbishop Justin: Britain’s housing crisis is one of the major challenges facing this country


    COMMENT / The Archbishop of Canterbury on the launch of a new Commission on Housing

    3 min read
  8. southampton rent deposit scheme

    Breaking down the barriers to housing: churches preventing homelessness in Southampton


    One of the biggest barriers to housing is the tenancy deposit. Churches realised that for relatively little money they could help a lot of people at risk of homelessness, by setting up the Southampton Churches Rent Deposit Scheme.

    4 min read
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    Building better communities and homes


    COMMENT / Members of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community joined other panellists at the Bristol Housing Festival for a panel discussion on the church’s response to the housing crisis.

    4 min read
  10. Lighthouse

    Church for those who are battered and bruised by the storms of life


    Lighthouse is a fresh expression of church, specifically tailored to those who ‘are battered and bruised by the storms of life’. Many of their community have experienced homelessness, addiction issues, poverty and mental health problems.

    4 min read

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