U Zap Poverty at Norwich Cathdral
The Bishop of Norwich
will be opening a celebration in Norwich Cathedral to encourage people involved in the relief of poverty both overseas and at home.
At 7pm on Saturday 4 February the Rt Revd Graham James will launch U Zap poverty, an event of gospel singing, zumba dancing and multi-media presentations by a variety of Norwich-based agencies.
The aim is to inspire and inform those in the city who are working to relieve poverty, and to begin a process of networking which will lead to ongoing mutual support. The evening will include performances from the Sheringham Gospel choir and zumba dancing led by Gigie Fletcher.
The event will be an opportunity to hear about the latest work of Christian Aid in Sierra Leone, and its current project there, which has quadruple European Union matched funding.
From the same country you will also be able to hear an update from Street Child of Sierra Leone, a new charity founded in 2008. Another Norwich-based Christian charity, Care for Children, will be sharing the story of how it has helped to place 250,000 Chinese orphans in families. We will also be able to hear how Christians from Norwich have been working with Jesus Lord Saves Missionaries to combat poverty in Manila.
The launch coincides with the arrival of a sculpture in Norwich Cathdral called Poverty Over
. It has been created by Mel Rose, an artist working in enamel and steel. It will be on display in the Cathedral from 3 to 16 February, accompanied by a photographic exhibition.
The fourth of February also marks the end of Poverty and Homelessness action week. So the Revd Simon Wilson, County Ecumenical Officer, will also be sharing ways in which churches across Norfolk are responding to poverty in the county.
To further challenge our intelligence there will later be a study evening – U Stop poverty – led by the Guardian columnist Richard Murphy. This will look into tax evasion, and ask where all that money went which should have been paying for health and education in developing countries. The venue is the Kings Centre, King Street Norwich, at 7.30pm on Thursday 9 February.
Both events are free and open to all. Full information is available from Eldred Willey or Julian Bryant at Christian Aid on 01603 620051.