Tackling poverty is on the agenda for Churches together

Pictured are members of Brechin Churches together

Pictured are members of Brechin Churches together

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Members of Brechin Churches Together met at St. Andrews Church Hall on Saturday June 22 where they discussed the facts about poverty.

The members heard the shcoking facts about poverty in Scotland, and at the meeting they also discussed what churches could do.

The meeting heard from the first speaker, John McAllion, that 16 per cent of young people in Scotland are unemployed, with graduates pushing lower skilled young people out of the lowest paid jobs.

At the other end of the age scale every winter there are 2000 pensioners who die as “excess winter deaths”, actually from poverty.

These are people who have had to choose between eating and heating.

Although the UK is still the 6th richest country in world, Herriot Watt university recently reported that levels of poverty are the worst in 30 years.

The second speaker, Lewis Rose, a chaplain at Aberdeen Airport, explained that Jesus’ comment that the poor are always with us is not about complacency.

Rather it is asking Christians to carry on a ministry to the poor.

He warned about the churches’ involvement in doing work on behalf of local authorities, as is happening in England. They could be drawn into supporting a cashless welfare system, where people get food parcels and vouchers.

Those at the meeting discussed the social justice message of the bible, and what could be done in Brechin in addition to the newly established food bank.