On the anniversary of her appointment to ECCR, our Executive Director, Janie Oliver, reflects on the year just past.
So, I’ve had the privilege now of leading ECCR for the past year. And what a challenging year it’s been! Most of 2019 was dominated by Brexit uncertainty and of course, 2020 hasn’t turned out the way we were expecting it to.
Despite that, and perhaps because of it, I remain convinced that what we’re trying to achieve as an organisation is even more important. Our vision is for a fairer and more sustainable world and if the past few weeks have taught us anything, it’s that we can’t afford to go back to “normal” when this is all over. Normal meant an underfunded health care system, ever growing poverty and economic disparity between rich and poor. Normal meant large multinationals dodging tax – in many cases the same companies who are now looking to the UK taxpayer for a bailout. Normal meant communities divided and loneliness on the rise. Normal meant a planet on the edge of a catastrophic collapse.
Instead, we need a new normal. A normal where we have taken the lessons learnt over the past few weeks when so many demonstrated what it means to be truly human. When communities pulled together and volunteer armies mobilised across the country to support those who needed it most. When families came together, and businesses found new ways of working and connecting that didn’t involve highly-pollutant travel. When people stopped thinking only of self and asked “How can I make a difference”?
At ECCR, we believe that as Christians, we are called to ask this question every day. How can I make a difference with the resources God has blessed me with? How can I use everything I have to bring about His kingdom on earth? What can I do to contribute to positive social, environmental and economic change?
We launched Money Makes Change in January this year as a response to these questions. Why don’t you use this time to find out more and partner with us as we seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly in every area of our lives, including how we use money.