Contact
Streaming
Map
 
Enriching lives

Faulty Fault Lines

Home » News » Faulty Fault Lines

Are our government, our media and maybe even you and me, guilty of blaming the poor for their predicament? Pathways to poverty are often presented as the fault of the individual, argues Methodist Vice-President Rachel Lampard. "Your relationship broke down; you failed your exams; you don't work; you are addicted; you are in debt. Being in poverty is no longer about being poor. It's about being at fault."
Rachel invites us to listen instead to someone in poverty describe what poverty means to them: "Poverty is not being able to do things that are necessities. Things that are important like gas and electric, showers, bus fares, and having to worry that your daughter has a hole in her shoes. She needs new shoes and I don't have the money. What do I do? Do I get the gas or do I get shoes?"
A challenge for the church and all of us then, is to look beyond who is at fault. We need to look and listen for the underlying causes. "It is then", says Rebecca, "that we see the thousand hidden injustices. Injustices which are deeply rooted in the way we organise our society and our world, from the way we talk about people without material resources, to the desperate future faced by the world's poorest."
So let's beware of faulty fault lines and those who spin them.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

AMC Face to face
Peter Green: Mon 25 Mar 5:00am

With the training of our team of listeners under way, the Good Faith Book Club's choice of the next book has special interest. Face to Face by Rev. Samuel Wells notes the importance and challenge of listening deeply in all pastoral situations, especially with people struggling to negotiate sickness, bereavement or anxiety. Following an introduction to the nature and practice of pastoral...

AMC Rainbow flag
Peter Green: Fri 22 Mar 5:00am

In a week that we have named our new Welcome Space as a place of belonging for all, we were saddened to read of the online abuse still experienced by so many of our friends in the LGBTQ — Lesbian, Gay. Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning — community. In a survey of 695 LGBTQ+ individuals worldwide, 73% of all respondents in all categories of gender identity and sexual orientation have...

AMC Justin Welby
Peter Green: Thu 21 Mar 5:00am

This Saturday, March 23rd, from 2pm, the Good Faith Book Club will meet in our refurbished Welcome Space to discuss Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby's book on Reimagining Britain.The book cover said, "In a time of political turbulence, and as the Welfare State totters under the strain in a country that has changed dramatically since 1945...Welby sets out to identify the values...