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Norwich SPEAK joins Campolo and Claiborne activism

Christian social justice action group SPEAK are holding an event in London in April with guests including Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne. A group from Norfolk will be attending and invite others to join them.

The event on April 29, 30 and May 1 is a call to action for people who want to speak out for global social justice and to be equipped with the tools to help bring about the Kingdom of God in our broken world today, using prayer, campaigning and direct action.


Christian activist Shane Claiborne and pastor Tony Campolo will share their experiences from decades of working in the Christian social justice movement, in America, to inspire action for a spiritual and material revolution. Tony Campolo is an activist, academic and pastor who co-founded Red Letter Christians - he will speak on the need for Christians to be active in social justice. Shane Claiborne, activist and author of ‘The Irresistible Revolution; Living as an Ordinary Radical’, will be speaking on New Monasticism - Christian communities that combine contemplative spiritual practices with practical engagement with the poor and disenfranchised.

Other speakers include Christians living in community from the Catholic Worker movement as well as the Passionist order.

On Sunday April 30 there will be workshops to attend focused on debt within the banking industry, creating a more just and sustainable economy, embedding spirituality and faith in activism; practical campaign skills. Food, music and socialising will happen in the evening! There will be an opportunity on Monday May 1 to put the learning into practice and act directly for social change with Speak’s ‘Run on the Banks’ action. Pioneered last year, this action involves a run (or walk, or wheel!) around the banking district of London to raise awareness of the injustice and absurdity of the financial system with a particular focus on the area of debt.

SpeakNorwich groupAlaine Mukene-Knight, a member of Norwich SPEAK said, “SPEAK gatherings are invigorating opportunities for those who thirst for social change, and seek practical ways to work towards it, in community. They are a real time of building up confidence, resources, skills, spiritual stamina and strategies, as well as a support network. This meet-up is particularly exciting, with such respected and powerful activists, teachers and encouragers attending. It has been a busy year for SPEAK groups and members nationally, especially around issues of arms sales and use by the UK - which Norwich SPEAK has been a big part of, and aims to continue to focus on this year with the DESI Arms Fair London coming up in September. "

She added that, if you are wondering whether this event is appropriate for you, "If you have a spark or a fire for action - whether through prayer, creative crafting, speaking or getting out on the streets... aiming to be active in bringing about God's Kingdom, (along-side friends and with a good sense of humour), then this is the event is for you - Come join us!"

People are welcome to join in all or part of the event, as well as get involved with the Norwich SPEAK group which meets in Norwich throughout the year.  The event is extremely low cost, with discounts for early booking, to cover hearty food. The venue for the event is St John’s Church Hoxton (Pitfield St, London, N1 6NP).

Pictured above: Practise for this year's day of action - run on the banks, in the City of London and below: Tony Campolo & Shane Claiborne. Bottom: Norwich SPEAk peacefully blockading the arms, as part of a day of action.

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