Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help

A challenging blog on how Charities can fail in their aims.

I would add some charities become more activist than actually helping. Here some of the green ones do the least effective good as they are wedded to certain activist obsessions. I wonder which I mean!

Grace + Truth

The scale and profile of church-based social action projects has grown significantly over the last 20 years.

There has been a particular rise in projects which distribute practical resources, with food banks being the most high profile example.

Critical reflection

The growth of such activity raises questions which need to be reflected on. Is this work having the desired impact? Is it empowering authentic change?

Robert Lupton has 4 decades of experiences in urban community activism. He thinks there is nowhere near enough critical thinking about the end results of such social action:

‘The compassion industry is almost universally accepted as a virtuous and constructive enterprise. But what is surprising is that the outcomes are almost entirely unexamined.’

Blunt message

Toxic Charity is a short book with a blunt message. Although published in America ten years ago, it is very relevant to the UK context today. We need to engage…

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