We presume that economic growth is good but we do not ask the question ‘what enables a truly human life?’ When we do, as in this report, we can understand that the economy as a tool that should exist to
facilitate human and planetary flourishing. “Our economic system should be judged by its potential for sustaining life, both of people and planet, in ways that support the common good.”
Faith communities in post-industrial towns across Scotland are delivering social action to tackle the effects of poverty. Many of these projects are dealing with an ever-growing need and are stretched thin. Everyone is aware of the effects of poverty in big cities, but less attention is paid to the towns which were the heartlands of manufacturing industry.
“The purpose of the pilgrimage was to introduce participants to the social, political, historical and geographical context of Israel Palestine – and to allow the interaction with context to stimulate our own interaction, and vice versa. It was a potent mix, one which the group rose to and embraced. It was amazing to see perspectives shift, eyes and ears open, and deep friendships forged.” “This wasn’t just a trip to learn more about peacemaking and reconciliation in another country where conflict was causing deep and violent divisions, it was also to inform and challenge ourselves in our own lives and ministries.”