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The Unfinished Millennium Jubilee

November 14, 2014

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” (Charles Dickens in ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ )

We are living in challenging and interesting times – A Paradox. On the one hand we have arguably never had it better and yet we also know that we are a more unequal society than at any other time in our history. We have huge wealth but we also see the reality of the rise of poverty and a sharp increase in the number of people needing to rely upon a food bank.

There is also a Paradox when it comes to overall development. Poverty has been significantly reduced globally, but we also face into the reality of how growth as is presently measured is fragile and arguably unsustainable in the long run, and we risk undoing all of the good progress, unless things change.

These are questions that Tearfund have been wrestling with in relation to it’s future approach to Advocacy work. They recently held some conversations to explore and test some ideas, and there are some great reflections and write up’s from some people who attended including, Duncan Green of Oxfam, Alex Evans of Global Dashboard (Who is a key person working on the future project and also by Emily Benson from the Green Economy Coalition.

The Paradox and challenge, but also the great opportunity this presents for the church to outwork it’s theology and it’s values is brilliantly articulated here in this fantastic reflection by Alex Evans on lessons from the Jubilee Debt Campaign, The challenges today and the theology of Jubilee.

One of the things that also emerged from the conversations was the importance of living out the values and living with stories of integrity, honesty and reality.

This is something that Breathe is really passionate about. We need to be the change we want to see in the world, and this requires honesty and humilty and humour as well as seeking to be intentional and make the changes in our lifestyles.

Personally I have been really challenged about what I am eating but also as well as what we reduce, how we can also be positive and be more open to being generous and to sharing.

We can as individuals, families, communities and churches seek to be proactive in being the change as well as praying, campaigning and calling on our leaders to create and implement policies that will bring a better future

Top Tips

Less is More. Meat is a good thing, but we simply need to eat it less, savouring it when we can but saving money and helping to save the planet, a real win win. Why not try going one day a week without meat or if you are feeling really ambitious why not try living below the line for a week!

Growing Veg is fun. Just look at this great example of a movement called Incredible Edible. If we have more connection to something, we value it more. If you don’t have access to an allotment, then what about growing in your garden? The Eat seasonably website is a great resource for wannabe growers!

Vegetarian Food is a lot more delicious and nutritious than we might think. Rice and dahl is simple and delicious and does not need meat. There are loads of great recipes out there.

Read someone’s experience of changing the way they eat by checking out Ruth Valerio’s blog. She writes brilliantly and also has lots of great recipes.

Love Food Hate Waste offer lots of great ideas and recipes as well.

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