church of the poor?

Church Action on Poverty's annual conference
Cross Street Chapel, Manchester
Saturday 19 November 2016

Rachel Lampard church of the poor quotewhat does it mean to be a “church of the poor”?

Churches in the UK often deliver social action that tackles the effects of poverty. But how often do we go beyond charity to solidarity? Are we building communities that genuinely welcome everyone and put the poorest first? Are we challenging the root causes of poverty and injustice?

Pope Francis has challenged Christians to build “a poor church, for the poor”, and churches are responding with renewed vigour.

Join the conversation at our conference: what does it mean to be ‘a poor Church, for the poor’ and how can we build that Church?

building a good society

  • What is our shared vision of a Good Society?
  • How does a Good Society include people struggling with poverty or other forms of marginalisation or exclusion?
  • How can we enable the insights and gifts of people living in poverty to be recognised by wider society, and those with power and influence?

Pope Francis church of the poor quote


The conference will run from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

  • Prayers and shared worship
  • Building a church of the poor: inspiring stories from churches, projects and people with lived experience
  • Roundtable conversations and discussions – share your own experiences and ideas
  • Speakers exploring the challenges and opportunities for a church of the poor
  • Panel discussions
  • Church Action on Poverty AGM


The conference is at Cross Street Chapel in Manchester city centre. The building is fully accessible, and well connected to public transport links.

We will send out maps and directions when you book your place at the conference.

book your place now!

(Call 0161 872 9294 if you would prefer not to book online)

Church Action On Poverty, Unit 28 Sandpiper Court, Water’s Edge Business Park, Modwen Road, Salford M5 3EZ

Telephone 0161 872 9294 or email

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