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What we believe

Our belief that poverty can be ended is based on our understanding of scripture and the work of a creative, loving God.

We are the international development agency for 41 sponsoring churches and keen to serve and work with other churches, too. We were established so that the sponsoring churches and others ‘could respond to Christ’s command to care for all in need’.

Our values are rooted in our Christian belief and are based on our understanding of relational theology, which asserts that human beings are called to have a special relationship with God and in turn to have a particular relationship with one another.

Everything we do is in response to God’s gift to the world, of his son Jesus Christ. Jesus promised ‘good news’ for the poor and ‘freedom’ for the oppressed, calling us to action.

Jesus called his followers to ‘love God and love your neighbour’. Through his life and teaching, his death and his resurrection, he inspired his followers to love God, love their neighbours and long for justice.

Our faith in God, and in his loving relationship with us, gives us confidence and hope that poverty can be ended, despite all that might stand in the way.

Our theology is developed in partnership

  • Our theology is shaped by our experience of working alongside some of the poorest people in the world. We believe that God has a ‘preferential option for the poor’ and we listen to the experience of those who experience poverty the most. 
  • We rejoice that the Christian faith is owned by people in many different contexts and diverse traditions, and that faith is deepened as we share experience throughout our global, diverse community. 
  • Our theology is not set in stone. We are in regular conversation with our supporting churches and with churches around the world, and we look to find ever new ways to include more voices in the conversations and places where our theology is formed and shaped. 
     

Our beliefs in action

Our faith tells us that human beings are created in the image of God, and that we should all use our power, skills and resources for the good of all. But we experience the world as one damaged and often broken by suffering, injustice and sinfulness – a world in which there is poverty and war, hunger and pain. 

The relationships between people, communities, corporations and nations are distorted, as inequality becomes greater, oppression stronger and poverty persistent. Even creation itself is in crisis, as it is exploited and degraded. 

Where relationships are broken or distorted, wherever there is stigmatisation or discrimination, where some are exploited or diminished by others, we believe that these relationships should and can be changed. We believe the world can be restored and transformed, and that there is hope for a renewed world to come. 

The issues we work on are complex. But we have hope and confidence that God is with us, revealing to us good ways of living human life together. We have the gift of hope and also the responsibility to keep working and praying for God’s will to ‘be done on earth as in heaven’.

Let us love

'Let us love, not in word or speech but in truth and action' (1 John 3:18). Our film below is based on this verse from the New Testament - which sums up what Christian Aid is all about.

Find out more

Interested in learning more? Please visit the Worship section of our site – where you can view monthly reflections, weekly pointers for sermons and prayers and, coming soon, new daily bible readings.

Faith can give us wisdom to ask those long-term questions about the causes of suffering and how to address them. Faith can give us the gift of hope to imagine a world where all God’s children shall live in safety, when love has no borders and no bounds
Theology adviser, Christian Aid
Resources

Putting God to rights - a theological reflection on human rights

Considers the languages of faith and human rights and explores any tensions that lie between these.

Song of the prophets – a global theology of climate change

A theological underpinning of our work on the most pressing issue of our times – climate change. 

Of the same flesh – exploring a theology of gender

Provides a theological underpinning for our gender work by exploring a theology of gender

Theology from the Global South – perspectives on Christian Aid’s work

Ideas and reflections from theologians across the Global South set within the framework of Christian Aid's relational theology.

Theology and international development

This paper consolidates Christian Aid’s theological thinking on critical issues in its international development work. 

The Gospel and the rich: theological views of tax

This reports looks at how tax fits into Christian Aid's theology of development and also at the details of that theology as it relates to tax.

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