Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of dignity, freedom and hope, of power over their own lives.
Christian Aid has a vision – an end to poverty – and we believe that vision can become a reality. Christian Aid’s essential purpose therefore is to expose the scandal of poverty, to help in practical ways to root it out from the world and to challenge and change the systems that favour the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalised.
We contribute our passion and experience to the broad movement of people who use their faith, talents and energies to fight for a better life for all.
In supporting this movement, we serve the churches in Britain and Ireland. We are driven by the gospel of good news to the poor, and are inspired by the vision of a new earth where all people can live in justice, peace and plenty.
Find out more about the theological thinking behind Christian Aid's work with the series of papers below.
NEW: An unquenchable thirst
Encouraged by our Chair, Rowan Williams, this paper draws on recent economic studies as well as theological enquiry to challenge the way we have come to assume economic growth to be a good for all, to ask the question of what wealth is for, and to make recommendations about more hopeful economic models.
NEW: Song of the prophets
This report draws on voices from the global South to frame a theological response to climate change. It also draws on the prophets of the Bible, who not only warn us of the consequences of our actions but also incite us to imagine a different world: more just, more beautiful, more filled with hope.
Tax for the common good
Our latest report brings together two subjects that are usually far apart: theology and tax.
Of the same flesh
This report begins theological exploration from the experience of our partners that ‘poverty has a woman’s face’. It recalls the church to its roots as a community committed to a re-imagining of gender in mutuality and unity.
The Prophetic Church
The Prophetic Church resource looks at campaigning on behalf of the world’s poor and argues that it is a vital part of the prophetic ministry of the church.
Theology from the global South
This paper explores southern theological perspectives on our work, within the framework of our relational theology and new corporate strategy.
This presents the relational theology that underpins Christian Aid’s activities and opens a discussion on poverty and theology.
All creation groaning
This paper examines a theological approach to climate change.
The Gospel and the rich
Paula Clifford, Christian Aid's head of theology, looks at how theology informs our perspective on the issue of taxation.
HIV in Asia: cultural and theological perspectives
Our theology paper takes a unique look at the way that faith leaders in Asia understand HIV.
Theology and the HIV/AIDS epidemic
Where is God in the HIV/AIDS epidemic? What can the churches do to stop the epidemic spreading?
One land and many voices
A brief overview of theological approaches to understanding the situation in the Holy Land.