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What we believe

Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of dignity, freedom and hope, of power over their own lives.

Christian Aid has a vision – an end to poverty – and we believe that vision can become a reality. Christian Aid’s essential purpose therefore is to expose the scandal of poverty, to help in practical ways to root it out from the world and to challenge and change the systems that favour the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalised.

We contribute our passion and experience to the broad movement of people who use their faith, talents and energies to fight for a better life for all.

In supporting this movement, we serve the churches in Britain and Ireland. We are driven by the gospel of good news to the poor, and are inspired by the vision of a new earth where all people can live in justice, peace and plenty.

Find out more about the theological thinking behind Christian Aid's work with the series of papers below.


Miriam Nzioka from Kenya watering plants with a watering canNEW: Song of the prophets

This report draws on voices from the global South to frame a theological response to climate change. It also draws on the prophets of the Bible, who not only warn us of the consequences of our actions but also incite us to imagine a different world: more just, more beautiful, more filled with hope.

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Cover image of the Tax for the Common Good reportTax for the common good

Our latest report brings together two subjects that are usually far apart: theology and tax.

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An image from the front cover of the 'Of the same flesh' reportOf the same flesh

This report begins theological exploration from the experience of our partners that ‘poverty has a woman’s face’. It recalls the church to its roots as a community committed to a re-imagining of gender in mutuality and unity.

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A group of people wear Bearing Witness sashesThe Prophetic Church

The Prophetic Church resource looks at campaigning on behalf of the world’s poor and argues that it is a vital part of the prophetic ministry of the church.

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Theology reportTheology from the global South

This paper explores southern theological perspectives on our work, within the framework of our relational theology and new corporate strategy.

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HIV and AIDSInternational development

This presents the relational theology that underpins Christian Aid’s activities and opens a discussion on poverty and theology.

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HIV and AIDSAll creation groaning

This paper examines a theological approach to climate change.

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HIV and AIDSThe Gospel and the rich

Paula Clifford, Christian Aid's head of theology, looks at how theology informs our perspective on the issue of taxation.

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HIV and AIDSHIV in Asia: cultural and theological perspectives

Our theology paper takes a unique look at the way that faith leaders in Asia understand HIV.

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HIV and AIDSTheology and the HIV/AIDS epidemic

Where is God in the HIV/AIDS epidemic? What can the churches do to stop the epidemic spreading?

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HIV and AIDSOne land and many voices

A brief overview of theological approaches to understanding the situation in the Holy Land.

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