Poverty & Homelessness Action Week 2011 will run from 29 January to 6 February. 30 January is Homelessness Sunday and 6 February is Poverty Action Sunday.
In Bradford, we will be focusing on the impact of debt on our city, its impact on those on low incomes, sanctuary seekers, students. There will be a key lunchtime event, 3rd Feb, 12.30pm, in which people will listen to speakers from Church Action on Poverty, Bradford Credit Union and Christians Against Poverty.
It is crucial that the local faith communities work alongside all those who are working to reduce debt in the UK, especially as the levels of debt are likely to increase, and access to affordable credit may decrease.
We are meeting at the Impression Gallery, because it is opposite the largest doorstep money lender in the UK, Provident Financial. This Thursday, there is a discussion in Parliament about a proposed cap on the interest rates of loans that companies like the Provident provide. We are asking people to contact their MPs and urge them to pass legislation that would protect the most vulnerable in our society.
This Sunday, churches throughout Bradford and the UK will be joining in prayer and action in solidarity with the poor. We cannot afford not to.
Lord whose kingdom includes everyone:
Forgive us for the times we have discounted people who are not like us;
Help us to mirror your welcome and love in our churches, schools and communities;
And keep us in the knowledge that all people and places count in your eyes.
In Jesus’ name, Amen