The refugee family who gave away everything

By Craig Borlase | 19 September 2019

 

 

As articles go, it was never going to be the most popular piece on the New York Times site that day. 

But the tale of a primary school kid’s victory at a chess tournament had something special about it.

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A Knit in Shining Armour

By Ruth Leigh | 16 September 2019

Support comes in many forms. Armed with a basket of rainbow-coloured wool and apparently bionic knitting needles, this is the story of a retired granny in West Yorkshire who’s touching the lives of young girls and their babies thousands of miles away in Kenya.

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FAQ: How to Give Without Guilt (part 2): Give to everyone who asks of you?

By David Flowers | 14 August 2019

In Giving Without Guilt #1, I suggested 4 practical steps for working out how to choose where to give so that you can say ‘no’ without guilt – knowing you have already said ‘yes’ to your God-given giving priorities.

But doesn’t Jesus tell us to, 'Give to everyone who asks of you'? (Luke 6:30) I have heard of folk who operate on the principle of giving to anyone who asks - for anything.

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FAQ: How to give without guilt (pt. 1)

By David Flowers | 19 June 2019 | Comments (2)

 They call them ‘chuggers’: people whose role in life is to connect you to your giving guilt. They are so happy to see you as you wander through the spending centre abstracted from thoughts of giving. And if you choose to sidestep the chugger, you'll trip over a beggar, cross-legged by the cash machine. A few lonely coins in the cup contrasting shamefully with the tenners shooting from the ATM. Then there's Pudsey on the TV and the latest funding request from the DEC (Disaster Emergency Committee) or a worthy cause at church.

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No-one is too poor to be generous

By Jo Swinney | 19 June 2019

 

Jesus said it is hard for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God (Matthew 19:23). Wealth can be a trap from which it is hard to escape, even as the door stands wide open. But generosity is as much a key to freedom for the cash-strapped as the mega-rich.

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Why Your Donors Might Benefit From Gift Aid Carry Back

By Rachel Steeden | 17 June 2019

It’s not too late to make a charitable gift in tax year 2018–2019

 

The new tax year has begun, but it’s not too late for your members to make a tax-efficient gift for 2018–2019.

 

As you’ll know, your members can only claim Gift Aid on a donation if they’ve paid enough income or capital gains tax in that year to cover the basic rate tax your church will reclaim, as well as any higher or additional rate tax they will reclaim personally. 

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40acts 2019: that's a wrap!

By Kezia Owusu-Yianoma | 29 April 2019

Another Lent has come and gone and once again we bore witness to thousands of acts of generosity.

It really is a privilege to sit behind the screen and produce a challenge that inspires a ripple of goodness into sometimes dry and tired lives. Though I can’t always feel the tangible impact of what we do, I know that the acts we have done over this Lent are causing a chain reaction of generosity that will hopefully keep picking up momentum.

Thousands of people across the world joined us to do Lent differently, and to every person we say a massive thank you and well done!

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The Morgan's Crazy Canoe Marathon

By Debbie Wright | 29 April 2019

 

‘Welcome to the Morgans’ latest slightly crazy project! We’re going to be paddling 127 miles over six days in May in a fundraising canoe marathon down the Thames from Witney to Westminster.’

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On Living Greatly

By Mark Greene | 26 March 2019 | Comments (1)

(This article first appeared in the March 22nd 2019 email from LICC’s Connecting with Culture series. Author Mark Greene has kindly allowed us to share it.)

Life is not a highlights reel. And nor are the great novels.

Inevitably, of course, screen and stage versions of big books like Victor Hugo’s much-adapted Les Misérables tend to focus on events that drive the narrative forward, moments of deep ethical challenge, intense emotion, and high personal jeopardy. But Hugo’s ambition for his tale of the gospel-fuelled transformation of Jean Valjean from disdained felon to selfless citizen went far beyond showing the triumph of godliness under extreme pressure. Rather, Hugo, whose faith position is disputed, is interested in portraying the possibility of radical consistent godliness worked out in everyday life.

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The Science of Generous Living

By Debbie Wright | 26 March 2019

 

We are halfway through 40acts 2019 and, along with many faithful followers, every year our generosity campaign attracts thousands of new activists who get caught up in this wave of giving and altruism.

We know because our inbox and social media channels are brimming with stories of generosity and giving that touch our hearts and souls. We read them aloud, share over coffee and pore over pictures of people carrying out heart-warming acts for their neighbour, friend, boss or stranger.

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