Over the years Christians have responded to Christ’s call to visit those in prison (Matthew 25 verses 31-46). Reformers such as John Howard and Elizabeth Fry did much to alleviate the appalling prison conditions in the 18th and 19th centuries. Christians influenced 19th century prison legislation which provided for individual cells instead of dormitories and for the appointment of three members of staff – governor, doctor and chaplain. A more recent initiative is Prisons Week
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There were some interesting figures in a blog from the Deputy Director of Corporate Services at No 10, Helen Lederer, in January this year. She was writing about about diversity data in the Cabinet Office: “68% have recorded their faith and religious belief, 12% from a religious minority (5% for SCS), 38% Christian (48% SCS) and 50% with none (47% SCS)”. So, as with some other big issues, people in my department divide roughly half-and-half
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Ministers, civil servants and ambassadors gathered to reflect and also to celebrate the events that took place 2000 years ago but which have such an enormous significance today. The four reflections were provided by John Kirkby CBE, founder of Christians Against Poverty (CAP), who centred on what Jesus is doing today through CAP. Reaching over 23,000 people every year, CAP releases thousands from the misery of debt and poverty, with many putting their faith in
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We are very delighted to announce that Christians Against Poverty (CAP) will be Christians in Government’s charity of the year 2019. CAP is a national poverty relief charity. The charity has over 600 centres across the UK, each run by a local church where CAP works with clients who are trapped in a world of debt and poverty. As well as their Debt Centres, CAPs Job Clubs, Release Groups and Life Skills training, helps to
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Like many hidden treasures, this artefact was discovered by chance. During an office tidy-up, colleagues in Communications Directorate came across an old book in a cupboard. Musty and dog-eared, its yellowing pages showed its age.    Written in fountain pen inside the cover were the words ‘Civil Service Christian Union HM Office of Works Branch’. The book turned out to be the record of annual meetings of the group, beginning in 1924. As such it
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