Justice Minister addresses Christian Aid 70th Anniversary Service

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Sophia Knox (10) selects a hand-painted stone during the 70th Anniversary Service.  Each of the colourful stones was painted with one of the words ‘Give', ‘Act', ‘Pray', ‘Faith', ‘Hope' and ‘Love'. Photo credit: John Murphy/Aurora PA

Sophia Knox (10) selects a hand-painted stone during the 70th Anniversary Service. Each of the colourful stones was painted with one of the words ‘Give’, ‘Act’, ‘Pray’, ‘Faith’, ‘Hope’ and ‘Love’. Photo credit: John Murphy/Aurora PA

By Adrian Horsman

‘Everything that Christian Aid does is, in truth, about the search for justice.’

With these apt words Northern Ireland’s Minister of Justice, David Ford, began his sermon at Christian Aid’s 70th Anniversary Thanksgiving service in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, on April 19. As the Minister explained, ‘because fundamentally, the provision of decent standards of life is an issue of justice. ‘

Around 400 supporters and friends filled St Anne’s along with representatives from all of Ireland’s main churches. They were marking seven decades since British and Irish church leaders came together at the end of the Second World War to establish the Inter-Church Aid and Refugee Service, in response to the refugee crisis in continental Europe.

As the work of the churches’ agency expanded around the world in the years that followed, so it changed its name to Christian Aid.

Mr Ford, a long-time supporter, was the guest speaker. He made the argument that campaigning is as important as giving money in the …read more

Read the full article here: http://connor.anglican.org/2015/04/22/justice-minister-addresses-christian-aid-70th-anniversary-service/


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