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The Poverty Problem

A simple way to explain the complexities of poverty to your youth group – and suggest how they can be part of the solution.

The Justice Thread resources introduction

Introducing a series of challenging and inspiring resources that look at justice through the Bible.

The Justice Thread part one: In the beginning

What does God's ideal world look like? This activity sheet (part one of the six-part The Justice Thread resource), explores God's vision for the world.

The Justice Thread part two: A people set apart

Let's look at the Old Testament laws. This activity sheet (part two of the six-part The Justice Thread resource) explores just how radical the Old Testament laws were in their time.

The Justice Thread part three: A prophetic generation

What should we be speaking up about, even when it's difficult? This activity sheet discusses the role pf prophets.

The Justice Thread part four: What did Jesus live for?

This activity sheet (part four of the six-part The Justice Thread resource) discusses Jesus' purpose in life.

The Justice Thread part five: Life in community

What was it that made the early church a community? This activity sheet explores the radical life of the early church.

The Justice Thread part six: Bring on a better world

Isn't Revelation a bit... weird? This activity sheet breaks down the context, meanings and symbolism in Revelation.

HIV Related Stigma and Shame in Nigerian Faith Communities

There have been suggestions and clear indications that religion, with its potentials to influence behaviours, provides opportunity that can be leveraged on to achieve HIV prevention goal by involving religious leaders at the local level. There is also evidence suggesting that religious engagement presents important potential for improving physical and psychological health and well-being of people living with HIV as religious beliefs are seen to reduce depression, increase optimism and strength in dealing with a difficult life transition like HIV infection.     Faith leaders have the advantages of robust followership, an existing platform to reach people and access to resources beyond the immediate community. Religious leaders enjoy the respect as opinion leaders in their faith congregations and communities and have the opportunity to use the pulpit to challenge destructive prejudices that reinforce stigma, and at the same time convey important information to the population to improve uptake of HIV services as people tend to listen to what their faith leaders say. However, there have been concerns of high perceptions of stigma emanating from religious communities connected with the religious narratives that associate HIV infection to “sinful” sexual behaviour. This report presents findings from an assessment on the nature and predictors in Abuja, Anambra and Benue States on HIV related stigma, discrimination and shame in Nigerian Faith Communities and how Faith leader play an important role in reducing the stigma.

What is the point of modern Christian mission?

This lesson explores the history of Christian mission, and different definitions of that word today. It considers the extent to which Christian Aid, a charity that expressly does not proselytize, might be said to engage in modern Christian mission.

What is ‘evil’? Is there a solution to suffering?

This lesson explores the problems of evil and suffering in a Christian context. Students are encouraged to consider different forms of evil and to debate whether suffering is gendered.

What is ‘church’?

This lesson presents different interpretations of the word ‘church’,exploring whether it relates more to buildings or to people. It considers the worldwide church, and Christian Aid’s place within that.

Salvation: spiritual or practical?

This lesson explores a central belief of Christianity: that humans are sinful and that they can be ‘saved’. It looks at different Christian teachings about salvation:through faith (Paul) and through deeds/action (James).

What kind of charity is Christian Aid?

This lesson considers Christian Aid’s foundations as a Christian charity, with reference to biblical teachings.