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Let Justice Flow resourceA brand new resource for individuals and groups is now available to help churches respond creatively to the challenges of social justice.

Let Justice Flow introduces people to a range of concerns, including climate change, world trade, poverty and the stigma which often surrounds mental health and disability. It asks why Christians should care, and seeks guidance from scripture how to approach these crucial issues.

Complex global concerns are introduced with games and activities to spark the imagination, followed by discussion, biblical reflection, prayers and suggestions for action.

Read more: All age social justice resource available

Elizabeth Clark, National Rural Officer for Methodist and United Reformed Churches, puts the spotlight on aspects of poverty that are all too easy to ignore.

When we talk about poverty, what springs to mind? The homeless man begging in your town centre? Or perhaps a young family forced to use food bank?

Poverty has a range of guises, and is exhausting and demoralising wherever you are – but some forms of poverty are less visible and less well understood than others.

Read more: The challenges of rural poverty

The Revd Kevin Watson, Moderator-elect of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church, invites us to begin the journey of Lent thinking about where we are going and who is travelling with us.

In Nostell Priory near Wakefield this painting by Pieter Brueghel invites us into 'The Procession to Calvary'. We join Jesus carrying his cross, hemmed in by crowds of people.

Ash Wednesday begins a Lenten journey that ends at Calvary. Brueghel's painting illustrates who we are going with – people clearly not all religious, respectable or moneyed; they are not the influential or the powerful.

Read more: Lent: the journey begins