The Christian churches have a long and honourable history of offering hospitality to the stranger and to homeless people, and many of the key organisations on which public services depend are operated by church-based organisations, including CrossReach, Bethany Christian Trust, The Salvation Army, and so on. Many of Scotland's housing associations, though now operated on a secular basis, have their roots in church initiatives – Trust Housing (formerly Kirk Care), Castle Rock, Glasgow West and others.
Scottish Churches Housing Action was established in 1994 to bring together the major Christian denominations, with an emphasis on ecumenical action, and on developing new responses that prevent homelessness or provide routes out of homelessness. It operates under the slogan, No room for homelessness!, with a vision that there can be a Scotland free of homelessness. Its purpose is to mobilise and support the churches of all denominations in making their contribution to this objective, alongside and complementary to the work of public and other agencies.
Read more about the work of the Church of Scotland and its work with Scottish Churches Housing Action here:
Find out how you and your church can get involved at Scottish Churches Housing Action website
This campaign engages churches across Scotland and the UK to raise awareness and help alleviate the issue of homelessness.It is an opportunity for church congregations to listen to what God has to say about homelessness and consider what action we can take.
Homelessness has an impact across the country and affects people of all ages. This campaign encourages churches to hear these stories – and do more, through reflection and action to challenge homelessness.
Find out more by visiting the Homeless Sunday website, where you can find worship materials and other resources.
Homeless Sunday across Great Britain engages hundreds of churches. It has the support of all the main denominations and is celebrated in a wide range of congregations: make yours one of them!