We’re all in this together

I love the story of Ruth in the Old Testament. Not so long back we spent a few weeks working through it together as a Home Group. The story is of a family who leave Bethlehem during a famine for Moab. It’s a story about economic migrants. They settle in Moab and the sons marryContinue reading “We’re all in this together”

Child Food Poverty – when will we stop to ask what the actual problem is?

There is a point in a crisis where people are rushing around trying to act to deal with it and not thinking that they have time to stop, observe and think.  They argue that this is because they think it is so serious. Ironically, all of their efforts to act suggest that they have notContinue reading “Child Food Poverty – when will we stop to ask what the actual problem is?”

A different approach to poverty

I hope you’ve had the opportunity to read my articles about the Marcus Rashford campaign for Free School Meals. Alongside them, I would encourage you to read Steve Kneale’s article on The Poor living by bread alone. It’s worth if just for the excerpts from George Orwell’s Road To Wigan Pier.  The reason I wantContinue reading “A different approach to poverty”

Free School Meals – The Elephant in the Room

In the summer, Marcus Rashford launched a successful campaign to get free school meal provision extended into the summer holidays. At the time, I wrote that whilst he should be congratulated, this was not in fact a long term solution to childhood food poverty. My argument at the time was that we should be askingContinue reading “Free School Meals – The Elephant in the Room”

Happy people – the poor

Have you experienced abject poverty? Perhaps if you have not experienced it personally you have witnessed people living with nothing or very little. I’ve seen people in Cairo living among the garbage. I’ve also known people here in the West Midlands who have got themselves into such a mess that they are left homeless, onContinue reading “Happy people – the poor”

Food from around the worldwide web (19/06/2020)

Grieving Well My Story practical advice on how to live through the immediate aftermath of bereavement. George Floyd and Me Hip hop artist Shai Linne writes movingly about how the death of George Floyd affected him. The problem of NRPF Free School Meals hit the headline this week through Marcus Radford’s campaign. Here is anContinue reading “Food from around the worldwide web (19/06/2020)”