‘As Christians, we need to not just be pulling the drowning bodies out of the river. We need to be going upstream to find out who is pushing them in.’ Desmond Tutu
This saying sums up what lies at the heart our advocacy work. As well as addressing current needs around the world we identify the issues that are the root causes of poverty and injustice. We ask the question ‘what perpetuates poverty?’
Our Advocacy team works with people in the UK and around the world to challenge unfair systems and structures. That way we are able to tackle poverty at its root.
We work hard to address unjust policies and systems that are causing poverty to continue.
What does advocacy look like?
Advocacy can mean many different things around the world. In the UK, we encourage people to speak out on issues of poverty and injustice, whether directly with our politicians or by sharing the latest petition with our church.
Around the world our team works in diverse ways with individuals and churches to demonstrate their faith through actions and lifestyle changes that challenge destructive policies and practices. For example, in Nepal, local communities are campaigning to protect their forests, while in Brazil, movements of christians are lobbying politicians for environmental justice.
We ask the question ‘what perpetuates poverty?’
We have worked on many issues in the past, our current priorities are climate change one of the bigger drivers of poverty and access to clean energy. Our work on the Circular Economy – an economic model with a focus on reusing resources rather than discarding them – offering an unparalleled opportunity. It’s good for the economy, could save lives and create employment, lifting people out of poverty and protecting the planet.
Why do we do advocacy?
At the beginning of his ministry, Jesus proclaimed: 'The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.' (Luke 4:18–19).
Jesus’ entire ministry was set out to bring hope, liberation and inclusion to everyone, most especially those who were marginalised and downtrodden. The Church is a community called to cry out for justice and to seek peace and righteousness where it is lacking, speaking out for those who have no voice.
Jesus challenged the systems and structures that created injustice in his day. Our faith is good news that demands a response. In the fragmented world in which we live, we’re still called to proclaim this good news and challenge the systems that keep people in poverty.
To help get a fair and sustainable world, we need a big movement for change, and we believe that the church should lead it. Join us and be the generation that grasps hold of this hope; to be the people who take responsibility to build a better world for God’s glory.