Limits of Solidarity?Ethics & dilemmas in Christian social welfare practice

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A free online international workshop sharing learning by practitioners & researchers involved in Christian social welfare organisations.

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This workshop will enable practitioners to explore the dilemmas and ethical issues that Christian social welfare organisations, charities and churches face when seeking to respond to social welfare issues such as poverty, debt, homelessness, support for those migrating, etc. It will particularly focus on those dilemmas which arise from having limited resources when responding to the scale of these issues. The workshop will take place at 10am-1pm Central European Time/9am-12noon UK time and welcomes practitioners from across Europe.

Christian social welfare organisations and churches who are involved in social action often face a shortage of available resources to address the issues and needs they encounter. When working with people experiencing a wide range of social issues, they can face difficult questions about how they respond, including how they design and prioritise different responses.

This may lead to dilemmas for those engaged in social action, such as how to respond when:

• they would like to work with everyone (but resources do not permit this);

• the priorities of donors and supporters do not match the priorities of those who have direct experience of the issues concerned.

• there are ethical dilemmas over who to support/involve in the response, whether particular conditions should be attached to any support offered, and/or how to secure additional resources to expand their capacity to respond.

• tensions occur between focusing on responding now to the immediate needs of those affected and seeking to engage in wider action to prevent those needs recurring in the future.

This free participatory and interactive workshop aims to:

• Bring together volunteers, staff and trustees from Christian social welfare organisations, charities and churches who are responding to issues such as poverty, debt, homelessness, migration, etc.

• Enable them to explore the dilemmas they face when engaged in this work. We are particularly going to explore strategies that are used when the extent of need exceeds the available resources and capacity to respond.

• Consider the ways in which the Christian faith might shape and inform innovative responses to these dilemmas.

Enable dialogue and learning between practitioners and researchers from different European contexts (particularly including Sweden, Germany and the Czech Republic) about the dilemmas and responses in their contexts;

• Inform and shape a planned future action research funding bid to support further collaborative learning on these issues, and identify those who may be interested in being involved further in sharing their experience as part of this. This will include exploring ways to bring in a wider range of voices to the research, including those experiencing the issues which are the focus of the responses by these Christian social welfare organisations.

In addition to participants who bring their own expertise from their engagement in Christian social welfare practice, planned participants and contributors also include:

• Prof Ninna Edgardh / Dr Martha Middlemiss Lé Mon (Uppsala University, Sweden);

• Dr Ondrej Fischer (Charles University, Prague);

• Prof Thorsten Moos (IDM, Germany)

• Dr Andrew Orton (Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, Durham University, UK).

We welcome practitioners (and those working in organisations supporting practitioners) from any European context to join in the discussions at the workshop. Places are limited, so if you are interested in being involved, please book your free place now.

The discussions at this initial event will be held in English. As part of the event discussions, we will consider whether further discussions in some of these other countries and related languages may be organised in future. We will also explore whether there is interest in bringing these different perspectives back to a follow-up meeting in late Spring 2021.

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