Discover Church at the Margins
Vision: To nurture and build new Christian communities amongst economically marginalised people.
Definition of a Church at the Margins:
Church: A gathered community of people being transformed by the gospel, learning to be like Jesus and making disciples of Christ.
At: People at the margins, on the margins, of the margins – not to or for the margins. We are not taking God to the margins: God is present with and in all people, in all circumstances, and waits to be discovered. Our task is to listen, recognise and be transformed by God at the margins.
Margins/marginalisation: People can be marginalised in many and often interconnected ways related, for example, to ethnicity, gender, sexuality, physical impairment or illness, mental ill health, and poverty. Marginalisation caused by economic poverty can have a devastating impact on the lives of individuals and their communities. We will focus on people who are economically impoverished or people who are vulnerable to economic poverty due to their circumstances (eg insecure housing, lack of access to employment, or health issues), whilst also experiencing marginalisation.
We recognise the inadequacy of language around margins/marginalisation/poverty, including that a community of people may not ‘own’ this language for themselves. Local contexts will need to reflect carefully on the most helpful language within their communities.
The pandemic has highlighted the pre-existing inequalities and extent of economic poverty across the UK.
Some questions for reflection and discussion:
a. What is God's invitation to God's church as we emerge from the restrictions?
b. How can we be a church that receives and values the gifts of people experiencing poverty?
c. How can we create spaces where people truly encounter one another?
d. Could nurturing a new community at the economic margins be part of God’s invitation to you?
e. Where are you experiencing, or noticing the impact of economic poverty in your community?
If you wish to have a conversation about Church at the Margins, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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