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Putting Vulnerable Kids at the Heart of the Kingdom

by Gerry Lynch last modified 06 Aug, 2013 02:43 PM

New series of essays invites parishes to see vulnerable children as central to God’s love.

Launched at the recent meeting of General Synod at York, a new series of essays by the Church of England Children's Society aims to be a resource for churches wishing to engage with the challenging issues around poor and vulnerable children.

Commended by the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, the Biship of Salisbury, The Heart of the Kingdom: Christian theology and children who live in poverty (free PDF download), looks at the issues surrounding child poverty from a variety of different perspectives and through a number of different lenses.

The essays examine child poverty not merely from a secular social policy perspective, but as a theological issue and a challenge to building Christ's kingdom on earth.

Authors write from varied backgrounds - social policy, direct practice, academic theology and local churches action. This range of views helps enrich understanding and call the Church to further action alongside and in support of children who live in poverty.

Rt Revd Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro, writes in the introduction: 

'In reading these essays I invite you to join in the theological debate and in particular I would encourage you to consider the place of hope, a theological virtue in which we are all invited to live and yet often and increasingly seems to be in short supply.'

Originally set up in 1881 to introduce Church of England orphanages on a human scale as an alternative to the Victorian workhouse, the Children's Society has been campaigning for social justice and directly intervening to support the most vulnerable children for well over a century.

What makes the Children's Society different from other charities which carry out equally valuable work with the most disadvantaged young people? Behind the work of the Society lies a theological vision; a vision that sees vulnerable children as central to God’s love. It calls us to be part of a process of realising the Kingdom of God where all children can both flourish now and fulfil their God-given potential.

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