Church Community Action Threatened
Many churches are involved in social action projects in their community. Perhaps you too are part of one. However, it has come to light that anti-Christian prejudice is impacting the amount of funding given to faith groups, thus restricting their work.
Research by Dr Sarah Johnsen and Dr Adam Dinham has revealed that public funds are rarely given to faith-based organisations due to ‘misconception.’ Dr Dinham identified a fear held by civil servants, amongst others, that faith groups will offer their services conditionally.
Dr Johnsen, who held interviews with 150 managers, staff and homeless people at charities, said she found ‘no foundation’ for these fears.
In the past, some faith groups expected those in need to ‘sing for their supper’ by attending a bible study, for example. However, such practices are no longer compulsory, neither are service users required to own the same faith.
The findings are to be presented at the Westminster Faith debates on March 21st.