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Saying ‘thank you’ to unsung heroes

Friday, November 17, 2006

As the debate about faith in public life continues, the Faithworks Awards celebrated the important contribution that projects motivated by Christian faith are making to communities across the UK. A project in Lowedges, the Terminus caf?, was short listed for the awards.

 

The caf? is a community hub, comprising a low priced community caf? selling second hand clothes and goods, a youth caf?, a drop-in centre for elderly people as well as a befriending scheme for asylum seekers and refugees.  This time it was unsuccessful in collecting an award.

 

Heeley MP Meg Munn met with members from the project and commented:

 

The Terminus project is a fantastic community asset. It was disappointing that it wasn’t successful, but to be nominated is an honour in itself and is recognition of the hard work by those involved. I wish the Terminus well and I will continue to support its progress.”

 

At a ceremony in the House of Commons, jointly hosted by the Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP and Gary Streeter MP, Stephen Timms said the work of the short listed projects was making a difference to their communities. He went on to say:


What we’re seeing is a new social movement, whose significance we haven’t yet fully understood. It’s one of the most fascinating developments of our time. What’s happening is that people who wrote off faith years ago are now being somewhat startled to discover that some of the most influential ideas and projects are now coming out of the faith communities.”

 

Malcolm Duncan, leader of the Faithworks Movement, said the challenge for Christian groups was how to help government and the public at large understand the positive contribution that faith makes to society:

“The challenge as we move forward is for the Government to understand the issues around faith and identity more fully? Faith identity is not just about what we wear or do not wear, it is also about how we relate to the world and the values and ethos that motivate us.

 

“The challenge for churches and Christian projects is to work out our own contribution to partnership. We must be servant-hearted, confident of our own identity, and ready to both engage with others and embrace those who are different. We can build a better world, but we are not the only answer, we are part of the answer.”

 

More than 260 projects from across the UK applied for the prestigious awards, sponsored by Spring Harvest and Congregational & General Insurance, which bring a grant of £5000 along with consultancy and support from Faithworks. Shortlisted projects included counselling services, community centres, education initiatives, projects aimed at tackling rural or urban exclusion, and services for refugees, homeless people or the bereaved.

 

Meg is pictured with Joy Adams from the Terminus caf?, Rev Lawrie Jenkins and Liz Barker.


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