Welcome to Christians for Economic Justice (CEJ). We are an informal network of Christians campagining against the UK government’s cuts agenda and the wider injustices of capitalism.
We are inspired by Jesus’ example of solidarity with people who are poor, marginalised and denied justice.
CEJ was previoulsy known as Christianity Uncut. We were active under that name from 2011 until early 2014. Following a period of inactivity, we relaunched as Christians for Economic Justice on 22 June 2015.
We believe that austerity is making an already unjust economic system even worse. It is dividing people against each other and forcing the poor to pay for the sins of the rich.
We campaign alongside other Christians, people of other religions and people of no religion. We urge churches to stake a strong stand not only against austerity but against capitalism itself. We are committed to active nonviolence and seek to approach our opponents with love, not hatred.
Since 2011, we have spoken out against disability cuts, tax avoidance, the bedroom tax and the waste of resources on military spending. We have organised a visible Christian presence at anti-cuts protests in London, Birmingham and Belfast. We formed a ring of prayer at the eviciton of Occupy London Stock Exchange. Along with other groups, we peacefully blocked entrances to the London arms fair in 2013 and several of our members were arrested and put on trial.
We applaud church leaders when they speak out against the cuts but we call on them to go further. We have held acts of prayer and protest outside events at which the church is co-opted by capitalism: an arms dealers’ meeting at Church House, the church service for Conservative Party conference; a conference on Christian leadership at Holy Trinity Brompton addressed by leaders of Goldman Sachs and Serco.
Activists in Sunderland call on Starbuck’s
to repent of tax-dodging on Ash Wednesday 2013
You can read our latest news and views, have a look at our frequently asked questions or find out more about joining in. You’re very welcome to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.