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For Good

The Church and the Future of Welfare

For Good

The Church and the Future of Welfare

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Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich
ISBN: 9781786220233
Published: 06/11/2017

It is often claimed that local churches provide a significant proportion of social care today. This important new study considers the reality of the church's involvement to offer compelling and concrete recommendations for the future.

It proposes a transformational model of welfare that breaks free from the default approach of `eradicating the five giant evils - squalor, ignorance, want, idleness, and disease'.

Instead the authors focus on fostering five assets - relationship, creativity, partnership, compassion, and joy - and empowering people to regain control of their lives.

With bold and innovative practical recommendations for churches, civil society and public policy, and compelling theological reflection on welfare and poverty, this is essential reading for anyone interested in the church's contribution to society.

Samuel Wells

Samuel Wells is Vicar of St Martin in the Fields, London, and the author of many acclaimed books including What Anglicans Believe, Learning to Dream Again, and God's Companions (shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey Prize). Previously he was Dean of Chapel and Research Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke University.

Russell Rook, David Barclay

Samuel Wells is Vicar of St Martin in the Fields, London and a renowned public theologian. He is well-known for his broadcasting and writing, and is the author of more than thirty books.