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Homelessness in the Bible and Today

by Michael Ford last modified 18 Sep, 2020 10:13 PM

Christian charity Alabaré has launched a new 5-session Bible study course this week, ‘Homelessness in the Bible and Today’, to provide insight into and understanding of the causes of homelessness and the complex issues faced by those living in crisis.

Homelessness in the Bible and Today

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Alabaré has supported homeless and marginalised adults and young people for nearly 30 years, last year providing accommodation and support to over 1,600 people.

The new course includes real-life stories from people who have been supported by Alabaré through their journey to recovery, and these experiences highlight how fragile and vulnerable we all are to changing circumstances in our lives. Course participants are invited to explore themes such as poverty, exclusion and justice through one the most comprehensive compilations of Bible passages about homelessness to date.

Alabaré hopes that faith and community groups will use this new course to support their mission to the wider community. Housing Justice, the organisation providing information and resources for Homeless Sunday on 11th October, has made ‘Homelessness in the Bible and Today’ available as a resource that church groups may want to use over this key period.

Author of the course and Alabaré Trustee, Revd Canon David Durston, says:

"In some ways the world of the Bible is so different from our world today. My hope is that studying this course will help people to bridge that gap and recognise that supporting people who are homeless and vulnerable is part of responding to Jesus' call to follow him."

Homelessness in the Bible and Today is available to download from the Alabaré website at

Alabaré has homes and services across the South and South West of England, and North and South Wales, supporting homeless adults, young people, parents and babies, care leavers and Armed Forces Veterans. They also provide a range of supported living homes and development centres for adults with learning disabilities.

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