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Events for July-August


One in seven adults in the UK is disabled, but is that number reflected in our churches? Livability and Through the Roof, the UK's largest Christian disability charities, are running a Churches Inc campaign this summer, calling on the church to value disabled people and place them at the heart of what it does.

'Often churches simply put in a ramp, lift or loop, and then stop thinking about disabled people.' Says Mat Ray from Livability. 'But inclusion is about so much more than physical access. Are disabled people made to feel welcome? Are they given opportunities to use their gifts?' Meanwhile, Tim Wood, the chief executive of Through the Roof, says 'The statistics show that disabled people are more likely to be isolated and to be living in poverty but the Bible clearly shows God's heart for disabled people and the marginalised. Churches Inc is a great opportunity for churches to join together with disabled people to demonstrate God's love.'

Fundamentally, the campaign is focussed on getting churches to sign up to a new charter that will make churches better environments for disabled people. Sign your church up at To go further, check out Livability's monthly training events.

London's Waterloo Festival returns for a second year, celebrating the rich diversity of the area's past and present. The 2012 theme is War and Peace, and the festival will run from July 12-17 at St John's Waterloo at Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY. The church crypt and environs are hosting multiple events including World and European première performances of classical music, guided walks around Waterloo, theatre inspired by local anecdotes from WWII, a community fête, lunchtime events, workshops, a tea dance and much more.
Funds raised during the week will be directed to the Amos Trust, among others, which promotes justice and hope for forgotten communities. For full programme details see here.

Summer of course means Greenbelt and our favourite festival has a cracking line-up for 2012. This year's theme is Saving Paradise and expect to hear great talks from the likes of Gideon Levy, Tom Wright and Tony Campolo. Bruce Cockburn makes a welcome return to the music line-up but there are a heap of more contemporary artists too, including the Mercury Award-winning Speech Debelle (pictured). Come and see us in the bookshop onsite.