Christian Aid UK chief says poverty ‘is an avoidable scandal...that diminishes us all’
IN a powerful speech to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland Loretta Minghella OBE chief executive of Christian Aid UK (pictured below) said ending poverty meant changing attitudes here at home as well as in the world’s poorest countries.
‘Never has there been a more important time to connect the local national and global pictures: to challenge the devastating myth of them and us,’ she told an audience that included HRH The Princess Royal.
Identifying climate change and discrimination against women as two of the key causes of global poverty, Ms Minghella, sister to the late film director Anthony Minghella, said Christian Aid was empowered by its transformational partnership with the church.
‘We are your international development agency and it is your unflagging commitment that drives our work forward,’ she told the Assembly.
‘We share your belief that poverty is an avoidable scandal that robs people of their dignity and diminishes us all. We believe that each person is made in the image of God, gifted with life and created to flourish.
‘Our firm faith statement: ‘‘We believe in life before death’’ calls us into transformational partnerships that let the changes begin in us.’