In September 2020 over 70 people took part in the online Life on the Breadline mid-project conference.
How has austerity impacted people in the UK?
What are the implications of this for theology and faith-based social action?
Our half-day conference grappled with these questions with a particular focus on Christian responses to UK poverty and austerity.
Members of the Life on the Breadline team, Chris Shannahan and Stephanie Denning, spoke about the unequal impact of austerity and challenges for theology.
Click on the play buttons below to listen to Stephanie and Chris’ presentations, and on the slides to read these.
Our first guest keynote speaker was Dr Sarah Marie Hall, a human geographer from the University of Manchester.
Sarah gave a guest keynote on ‘Legacies of austerity: rethinking social infrastructures, life-courses and families of the future’.
You can hear Sarah’s presentation and view her slides on the right hand side of this page.
Our second guest keynote speaker was Professor Rachel Muers, a theologian from the University of Leeds. Rachel gave a guest keynote on ‘Discerning the body: Christian social action, theology and class in austerity Britain’.
You can hear Rachel’s presentation and view her slides on the right hand side of this page.
Life on the Breadline’s Peter Scott brought the presentations together by reflecting on a political theology response to the challenges of austerity.
After a whole group discussion the conference concluded with a call to action: each the presenters shared what they would like participants to take away from the morning.