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WHAT ARE THE HEADLINES?

  • Bread of Hope has been working with a few current and former church leaders, both lay and ordained.
  • Bread of Hope has been running training in a City Law Firm and in the Civil Service.
  • Bread of Hope has been making grants to Westbourne Park Food Pantry.

WHERE DO WE COME FROM?

Bread of Hope was founded by five guys in 2015:

  • Johnny Douglas (then: Associate Minister, Emmanuel Church, Northwood; now: Vicar of Swanley, St Paul, and Hextable, St Peter);
  • Tim Knight (Public Sector Christian Workplace Group);
  • Mark Davies (then: Christian Workplace Group, BP Canary Wharf);
  • Andy Nunn (formerly, Christian Workplace Group, BarCap); and
  • Jon Horne.

More about our story and rationale can be found here.

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WHAT DO WE DO?

Bread of Hope provides physical food by supporting the local food pantry (click here). Bread of Hope also provides spiritual food by helping people to:

  • approach their work as worship;
  • forgive others as God forgives them; and
  • witness to those around them.

Breaking Bread

WHERE DO WE DO IT?

Most of our work is done with other organisations. So we go where they are. But we also host a small meeting from 7.00 to 8.30 pm on alternate Mondays. We do this via Zoom. Please email contact@breadofhope.org.uk if you would like to join us.

You can also find us on Meetup by clicking here.

We’ll structure our time as follows:

Engaging the Powers20 September – 1: Richard Beck: The Sting of Death is Sin
4 October – 2: Richard Beck: The Denial of Death
18 October – 3: Richard Beck: Perfect Love Casts Out Fear
1 November – 4: Jon Horne/Walter Wink: The Powers (and How To Engage Them)
15 November – 5: Ched Myers: Mark: The Socioeconomic Setting
29 November – 6: Ched Myers: Mark: Jesus the Healer
13 December – 7: Ched Myers: Mark: Sabbath Economics and Eucharist

10 January – 8: Sara Miles: Bread and Wine
24 January – 9: Ched Myers: Mark: Conflicting Responses to the Discipleship Call
7 February – 10: Ched Myers: Mark: What is the End of the World?
21 February – 11: Jon Horne: Acts
7 March – 12: Jon Horne: 1 Corinthians 11:10: ‘ … because of the angels.’
21 March – 13: Jon Horne: 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
4 April – 14: Esau McCaulley Reading While Black: 1

25 April – 15: Esau McCaulley: Reading While Black: 2
9 May – 16: Walter Brueggemann: Breaking the Silence; with special reference to: Jon Kelly: Lamenting the Pain of Blacks in America
23 May – 17: Jon Horne: Defining Stress
6 June – 18: Jon Horne: Likening Stress
20 June – 19: Jon Horne: Sharing Stress
4 July – 20: Jon Horne: Amplifying Stress: Jealousy

18 July – 21: N.T. Wright: Reading While Black: Whiteness; and Natalia-Nana: Decolonising Faith
1 August – 22: Nathan Cartagena: Critical Race Theory
15 August – 23: James Cone: The Cross and the Lynching Tree
29 August – 24: Christena Cleveland: To Become One

From September 2022John Griffiths’ Emails from the Hotel Babylon, as serialised in the Faith in Business Quarterly, Spring 2003 to Autumn 2004.

Click here to find out more; and please email contact@breadofhope.org.uk if you would like to join us via Zoom.

WHY DO WE DO IT?

We believe that breaking bread together gives us a picture of the Christian life. The bread and the wine:

  • show us that human work is involved in worship; and
  • that we receive worth from God in order to give worth out; and they
  • witness to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

These three things further reflect the three offices of Christ: prophet, priest, and king. The booklet below elaborates.

The offices are qualified by values, which together – royal faith (receiving worth from God); priestly love (adding worth to the world); and prophetic hope (vouching for worth’s resurrection) – give:

  • a model of whole-life discipleship (that permeates our discipleship and “Gospel outline” booklets, which you can see here); and is also
  • a glimpse of the new creation – the feast to come.

Since breaking bread together gives us a model of whole-life discipleship, our mission is to embody what breaking bread is all about, which we do by providing physical and spiritual food. And our vision is the feast to come, to which breaking bread together directs us.

HOW DO WE DO IT?

Each of these offices – the prophetic, the priestly, and the royal – has at least one corresponding workplace course. These courses can be tabulated as follows:

Course Office Value Benefit – objective Benefit – subjective*
Worship@Work Royal Faith Equality** Flourishing***
Forgiveness@Work Priestly Love Worth Affection
Stress@Work
Witness@Work Prophetic Hope Truth Reflection

* OECD (2013), OECD Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being, OECD Publishing. http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264191655-en, 10, 29—32.
** “Equality” is shorthand for saying that “generosity mitigates inequality”. Whereas Bread of Hope focuses on generosity, others focus on equality; for example: Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone (London: Penguin, 2009).
*** Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone’s Wellbeing (London: Penguin, 2018).

WHAT DO WE BELIEVE?

Bread of Hope subscribes to the historic creeds of the Christian Faith, such as: the Apostles’ Creed; the Nicene Creed; and the Athanasian Creed.

Bread of Hope also believes in:

  • the dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement;*
  • the sufficiency of Jesus’ life and death as a sacrifice for sin;
  • Jesus’ bodily resurrection as the first fruits of the new creation, which includes the resurrection of people ‘from every nation, tribe, people and language’ [Revelation 7:9];
  • the divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God – fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.*

* Evangelical Alliance Basis of faith.