About Christian Concern
At Christian Concern we have a passion to see the United Kingdom return to the Christian faith. Our nation has been shaped and defined by this faith for hundreds of years. Yet in the last few decades, the nation has largely turned her back on Jesus and embraced alternative ideas such as secular liberal humanism, moral relativism and sexual licence. The fruit of this can be seen in widespread family breakdown, immorality and social disintegration.
Yet we believe that this nation has a hope, and that hope can be found in Jesus Christ. On this basis we seek to awaken the Church. We need to be passionate about our faith and become a light and a witness to the nation.
Whilst engaging with the Church, we want to work to infuse a biblical worldview into every aspect of society. We want to be a strong Christian voice in the public sphere, arguing passionately for the truth of the gospel and defending the historic freedoms that we have enjoyed in this nation for so long. We believe that by doing so, society as a whole will benefit. We seek to highlight injustice, change public opinion on issues of key importance and affect policy at the highest levels.
We engage on a broad large range of issues, including abortion, adoption and fostering, bioethics, marriage, education, employment, end of life, equality, family, free speech, Islamism, religious freedom, the sex trade, social issues and issues relating to sexual orientation.
We have now launched the ‘Awake Arise’ campaign to encourage and equip the Church to engage with issues of vital concern to the nation. We regularly hold Awake Arise events in churches across the nation with top speakers. Some of these events are focused on specific issues such as Islam or marriage and the family. (www.awakearise.org.uk)
We run an annual academy for young people called the ‘Wilberforce Academy’, named after famous reformer William Wilberforce. The Academy is a week-long, residential course in Oxford University featuring top speakers who train and equip the invited students on what it means to proclaim Christ in public life.
It is our desire to raise up the next generation of Christian leaders who will take a bold stand for Christ within their spheres of influence, whether in the church or in the marketplace. We pray that just as God blessed Wilberforce and his fellow reformers so also God will mightily use those we are committed to training.
These weeks have proven highly popular and we believe that the Academy students have the potential to impact the nation. We are now developing a Wilberforce network to encourage these graduates to build relationships and connect for the future. (www.wilberforceacademy.org.uk)
Not Ashamed campaign
We launched the ‘Not Ashamed’ campaign in 2010, a major initiative designed to encourage Christians to take a public stand for Jesus. On 1 December 2010, Christians across the nation wore merchandise with the ‘Not Ashamed’ logo and cross as a sign that they were not ashamed to say that Jesus Christ is good news for society. Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, backed the campaign, producing a short leaflet which was distributed to thousands of people at Christmas proclaiming the good news of the gospel.
Widespread print, radio and TV coverage resulted, along with many opportunities for Christians to share their faith with colleagues and friends. The Sun newspaper featured a groundbreaking double-page evangelistic message to the nation from Lord Carey. (www.notashamed.org.uk)
Our policy team sits at the heart of our organisation. We produce research materials which are used to inform debate at the highest levels and we draft legal amendments which are used in Parliament.
We give regular, detailed responses to government consultations on a range of issues. We have recently responded to consultations on:
i) The introduction of a new IVF technnique that will result in the creation of children with three parents.
ii) The extension of civil partnerships to heterosexual couples.
iii) The extension of existing hate crime offences to cover disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity.
iv) New draft guidelines for the police to enable them to use their powers of arrest under section 5 of the 1986 Public Order Act more appropriately.
We are now starting to spearhead Christian policy work across Europe. We have established relationships in Belgium, France, Italy, Romania and Bulgaria as well as internationally in America, Nigeria, Jamaica, Canada and Australia. We are committed to lending our know-how generously to serve Christians across the globe and helping them stay ahead of developments in their own nations.
The Christian Legal Centre
The Christian Legal Centre is a sister organisation of Christian Concern.
We defend a wide variety of individuals and churches who have suffered discrimination and challenges because of their desire to live and work according to biblical beliefs. Many of these cases have been high-profile and have been at the cutting edge of the law relating to freedom of belief. We handle more religious discrimination cases than any other organisation in the UK.
We are currently representing (amongst many others):
i) Christian nursery nurse, Sarah Tshikuna-Mbuyi, who was dismissed for gross misconduct from her job in a London children’s nursery after saying that marriage is between one man and one woman.
ii) Christian couple, Jeff and Sue Green, who have been accused of discriminating against same-sex couples by operating a ‘married couples only’ policy for their double rooms at their guesthouse in Wales.
iii) Christian occupational therapist, Victoria Wasteney, who was disciplined for praying for a Muslim colleague, despite being encouraged by the colleague to talk about her faith.
Two of our client’s cases were also taken to the European Court of Human Rights:
i) Gary McFarlane, a relationships counsellor who was dismissed from his job because he said during a staff training day that he was not sure whether he was comfortable with giving sex advice to homosexual couples; and
ii) Shirley Chaplin, a nurse who was banned from working on hospital wards for wanting to continue to wear a cross around her neck, a cross which she had worn as a front-line nurse for almost 30 years.
These cases have received high-profile media coverage and have been featured on the front pages.
We have a growing mailing list of over 43,000 individuals and churches who we keep regularly informed of a wide selection of news and policy developments. This supporter base often joins us on our campaigns and supports our work through letter writing, lobbying their MP’s, joining demonstrations, responding to consultations and praying and giving support in a wide variety of ways.
Please consider joining with us at this time as we seek to impact the nation.
Please join our mailing list so that we can communicate with you. The mailing list and website will keep you informed so that you can join in our campaigns and also pray for the issues.
Please also consider donating to our work to enable us to continue our vital work. We are passionate about advancing God’s Kingdom in our nation and beyond.
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Please join with us as we seek to put the hope of Christ at the heart of the nation.
CCFON is registered in England and Wales.