was posted on November 5th, 2012 at 12.32am and is filed under Special Events..
Rev. Dr. Martin Johnstone
will talk with First Presbyterian Church members on the evening of Friday, November 2.
Martin, an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian), served for 11 years as a parish minister in one of Scotland's economically poorest neighborhoods.
was then appointed to a national role within the Church.
work is in four main areas: He
coordinates the Church of Scotland's
work within the poorest 5% of neighborhoods in Scotland.
Over the last decade the Church of Scotland
has had a deliberate policy of significantly increasing resources in its poorest communities, for example, in doubling the levels of staffing in priority area parishes.
He is the voluntary Chief Executive of Faith in Community Scotland - an anti-poverty agency which resources faith groups to tackle poverty.
Since it was established in 2005, FiCS has worked with over 200 faith groups to assist them to turn their aspirations for change into practical action.
It operates in Scotland's poorest communities, with dedicated teams in Glasgow and Dundee.
You can find out more about Faith
in Community Scotland at: www.faithincommunityscotland.org.
also facilitates the work of Scotland's Poverty Truth Commission
Over the last three years, the Commission has brought together some of Scotland's poorest citizens with some of its most influential to advocate for
changes in the way that the symptoms and causes of poverty are addressed.
At the heart of the Commission's message is the clear assertion that poverty will never be adequately understood and addressed until those who experience it are helping to shape, deliver and evaluate anti-poverty policy.
If all of that is not enough, Martin
chairs Glasgow's Third Sector Forum which brings together the city's 2,400 charities, social enterprises and volunteering agencies.
is currently coordinating the development of an integrated anti-poverty strategy for Glasgow - Scotland's poorest city.
If you are interested in the work of Martin Johnstone
, please be in touch with any members of the First Presbyterian Church Mission Committee