The Anglican Communion and Development
The Church of England and Development
- Office of the Anglican Communion Observer at the United Nations -- focuses on human rights, conflict and peacemaking, stewardship of creation and funding for development
- Towards Effective Anglican Mission -- Anglican Communion conference in 2007 that explored the Communion's work on poverty, injustice and AIDS. The majority of the material from the conference can be found on the Bath and Wells website, courtesy of Jenny Humphreys, a delegate to the event.
- The Lambeth Conference -- includes links to the final indaba reflections and coverage of sessions on environment and development issues
- The Five Marks of Mission -- a "mission statement" for Anglican churches, developed by the Anglican Consultative Council and adopted by the Church of England
- Episcopal Relief and Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States, guided by the Episcopal Church's principles of compassion, dignity and generosity as we work to heal a hurting world.
- The Archbishop of Canterbury -- includes a helpful new section which brings together the Archbishop's work on international development
- The Archbishop of York -- includes his speeches, articles and interviews, as well as a special section on Zimbabwe
- Mission and Public Affairs Council -- coordinates the Church's contributions in many areas including environmental issues, international mission concerns, international and development affairs.
- Partnership for World Mission -- brings together Church of England mission agencies, companion links and parts of the National Church Institution. Website contains useful policy papers and list of companion links.
- Development Matters --links the Sunday lectionary readings with contemporary global justice issues.
The idea is to provide preachers with facts, quotes and illustrations for use in 'ordinary' sermons - both to help people connect today's world with the Bible and to help people understand more about 'structural sin' (and what we can do about it). There's good news and stories of hope too!
This resource is hosted by the Diocese of Bath and Wells
- USPG: Anglicans in World Mission - works in direct partnership with Anglican Churches in over 50 countries, helping to support vital church work, including healthcare, education, leadership training and action for social justice.
- No Hands But Ours - A Social Justice Resource for London Churches - Based around the Five Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion "No Hands but Ours" includes a 28 page booklet packed with information, resources, ideas and spiritual inspiration to help local churches engage with issues of social justice as an integral part of their overall mission. It also features a helpful review and audit of your church's current engagement with justice and peaces issues and a step by step guide to setting up a local church social justice group. The package includes a "No Hands but Ours" DVD offering interactive access to the full text of the booklet as well as specially filmed "beacons of hope" videos of volunteers in social action projects in local churches addressing homelessness, refugees, fair-trade, peace and other issues. It also features interviews with some of London's church leaders.
Ecumenical Bodies and Their World Mission/Development Work
- Churches Together in Britain and Ireland -- "serves the churches of the four nations on their shared journey towards full visible unity in Christ." Strong foci on environmental stewardship, racial justice, and asylum issues.
- Churches Together in England -- national ecumenical body
- Evangelical Alliance UK, a member of the World Evangelical Alliance
- World Council of Churches -- international ecumenical body. Its department of "justice, diakonia and care for creation" includes work on migration and social justice, care for creation, climate change and water, health and healing and HIV/AIDS
- Christian Concern for One World (CCOW) an ecumenical organisation which would take the concerns of world development forward in the three counties - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire - that comprise the Diocese of Oxford.
Development Agencies and NGO's
- CAFOD Catholic Agency for Overseas Development: CAFOD works to end poverty and make a just world
- Christian Aid We believe in life before death. A Christian development agency committed to seeing a just world. Now, not just in the future.
- Tearfund A leading relief and development charity, working in partnership with Christian agencies and churches worldwide to tackle the causes and effects of poverty.
- World Development Movement (WDM) tackles the underlying causes of poverty. We lobby decision makers to change the policies that keep people poor. We research and promote positive alternatives. We work alongside people in the developing world who are standing up to injustice.
- BOND: networking for international development BOND (British Overseas NGOs for Development) is the United Kingdom's broadest network of voluntary organisations working in international development and has over 340 members.