Lancashire Church Leaders sign social justice pledgeLancashire 2


On 14 October the Lancashire Church Leaders renewed their covenant with each other by signing a pledge of support for social action and social justice:
We, the leaders of the Churches in Lancashire, renew our covenant together and pledge our support for the many excellent faith-based social action projects around the county.
“We will seek to listen to and prioritise the voices of poor and marginalised people in our communities.
“We call on policymakers to tackle the problems of poverty and hunger, through measures such as a Living Wage and review of zero-hours contracts, and to ensure that the welfare state once again provides a robust defence against destitution
Church Leaders signing the pledge were Rev Richard Church, Moderator of the North Western Synod of the United Reformed Church; Rev Paul Davis, Chair of the Lancashire District of the Methodist Church; Pat Golding, representative of The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers); Bishop Geoff Pearson, the Anglican Suffragan Bishop of Lancaster and Rev Tim Presswood, Transitional Regional Minister of the North Western Baptist Association. Major Mark Billard, Divisional Director for Evangelism of the North Western Division of the Salvation Army; Fr Peter Hopkinson, Ecumenical Officer for the RC Diocese of Salford and Fr Chris Loughran, Ecumenical Officer for the RC Diocese of Lancaster signed on behalf of their Church Leaders.
The event, attended by guests from Together Lancashire and Preston Christian Action Network, took place at The Foxton Centre in Preston, a Christian-based social action project which has been doing cutting-edge work with some of the most marginalised members of the local community for 45 years. The Foxton Centre has recently received the BIBAs Lancashire 2014 award for most inspiring business of the year. CEO Tim Keightley said: “We are delighted to have been given this recognition of the fantastic and inspiring work of our staff, volunteers and trustees and of the inspiring lives our service users lead in overcoming huge obstacles to their successful living.”

If you have any questions or would like to discuss in more detail, please contact Helen Boothroyd, Social Justice and Inter Faith Development Officer, Churches Together in Lancashire
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