Why the Church should care about Housing

Mon, 26 April 2021, 16:30 – 18:00 BST

Register for a Zoom invite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/why-the-church-should-care-about-housing-tickets-146911208379

Around 90% of churches have engaged in some way with meeting needs around food poverty; in contrast, less than 20% have engaged with local housing need and, where they have, such engagement has tended to focus on emergency and crisis intervention to support those who are homeless, rather than approaches which seek to prevent homelessness occurring. Conscious that 8m people are living in substandard, overcrowded or unaffordable accommodation across the country, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community has called for this to be a major element of the church’s mission in coming years and are encouraging a culture change that sees engaging with housing need as a creative and natural way to engage with our local communities. This webinar will explore ways in which all churches can get involved in housing need locally and the theological basis for doing so.

The Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin is Bishop of Kensington and President of St Mellitus College. Among past roles he was Chaplain of Jesus College Oxford and Vice Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, where he taught within the Theology Faculty of Oxford University on Historical Theology. He was the first Dean of St Mellitus College and soon after becoming Bishop of Kensington, was very involved in the response to the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. He was the Vice Chair of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community. He is the author of many books, including Looking through the Cross(the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book for 2014), Bound to be Free: The Paradox of Freedom (Bloomsbury 2017), Luther’s Gospel: Reimagining the World (Bloomsbury 2017), and most recently, Why Being Yourself is a Bad Idea and Other Countercultural Notions (SPCK 2020).

Chris Beales is a member of the small Executive Team following up Coming Home. He was a member of the Archbishops’ Commission on Housing, Church & Community. An Anglican minister and social entrepreneur, he has worked across the UK and internationally on faith, economy and community and currently lives in Hartlepool, NE England.

Lynne Cullens is Rector of Stockport and Brinnington, Chair of the National Estate Churches Network and a member of the Advisory Group supporting Bishop Guli in her role as Lead Bishop for Housing and tasked with taking forward the delivery of the Coming Home Report’s recommendations. Lynne has a background working in the charity and housing sectors and is passionate about the role of the church in community transformation.