Church leaders make the case for Closing the Gap
We're very proud to launch this new publication. Aimed especially at church leaders who haven't yet made a Pledge to Close the Gap, it explains why tackling inequality is demanded of us by the gospel.
The booklet has been mailed out to church leaders of all denominations across the UK. Excerpts will be printed in many Christian newspapers next week.
Niall Cooper, Church Action on Poverty’s National Coordinator, explains: “By giving, acting and praying together, we know that Christians can help make the UK a more equal society – one that will be happier, healthier, safer and fairer. As a new Budget approaches and our politicians have a chance to make some changes, this new publication lays out some of the things they could do – and explains why Christians should care. We hope that church leaders of all denominations will read it, and be inspired to speak out and take action.”
The publication, includes articles by 11 prominent Christians of different denominations. They explore different ‘gaps’ or examples of inequality, including the Tax Gap, the Pay Gap, the Price Gap, the Power Gap, and others. There is an emphasis on the constructive, positive solutions that are possible to these injustices.
The authors of the content in the publication are: Rt Revd John Packer (Anglican Bishop of Ripon and Leeds); James Hanvey SJ (Catholic director of the Heythrop Institute for Religion); Marijke Hoek (Micah Challenge); Michael Bartlet (Parliamentary Liaison Secretary for the Religious Society of Friends); Alison Gelder (Director of Housing Justice); Michael Taylor (Baptist, former Director of Christian Aid); Paul Morrison (Methodist, Policy Officer for the Free Churches’ Joint Public Issues Team); Tom Sefton (Church Urban Fund); Jane Perry (independent social researcher); Niall Cooper (Church Action on Poverty); and Frank Kantor (Church and Society Officer for the United Reformed Church).