Archbishop's war on Wonga: diocesan response

MoneyDear friends,
A large and growing number of people rely on short-term loans at a very high interest rates to make ends meet, and can easily end up in a crippling spiral of debt.  One million families are taking out payday loans every month as they struggle with rising living costs.
I have seen this myself in the communities where I have lived and worked, and it is devastating.  But people often have little choice, especially in deprived areas of the country.
Our faith in Christ calls us to love the poor and vulnerable with our actions.  That is why the Church must be actively involved in supporting the development of real lending alternatives, such as credit unions.  This is not an optional activity, but a fundamental part of our witness and service to all God’s people.
We must help credit unions to become bigger, better known and easier to access if we want them to compete effectively with high interest lenders.
We have a unique opportunity to make a difference.  We can begin simply by saving some money with our local credit union, using their services and encouraging others to do the same.  Some churches are already doing this, so we know the difference it can make to the local community.
Please take this opportunity to consider how you and your church could serve the community in this way.  I pray together we can make a difference to some of those who are most in need.
With every blessing,
+Justin Cantaur
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Invitation Bexley
Invitation Bromley
Invitation Kent Savers

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