Anew society focused on promoting social justice for the poor, marginalised and oppressed, is launching in Exeter this week.
The newly-formed Just Love society, a UK-wide Christian community aiming to help those who are most in need, will launch this Wednesday 14 October at 7.30pm in Artigiano during an evening of live music and a guest speaker.
With groups already set up in Oxford, Durham, Bath, Cambridge and Glasgow, the launch of the Exeter division hopes to encourage students to get involved in social issues, bringing about change through three projects: #JustFreedom, which focuses on global issues relating to freedom and oppression such as the refugee crisis, #JustRefuse, which involves redistributing waste from food outlets to the homeless in Exeter and #JustLive, which aims to work with non-profit organisation XLP to mentor young people within the city.
The Exeter Just Love branch has been set up by members of the Exeter Network Church and Belmont Chapel and is in the process of applying to the Guild for society status.
According to the group’s promotional video, more than 100 people sleep rough every night in Exeter. The launch of this society will compliment the work of the #Selfieless project, which was launched by the YMCA society last June and saw students uploading selfies with their faces concealed in order to raise awareness of homelessness in Exeter.
President of Just Love, Charlie Roberts, told Exeposé: “The aim of the society is to encourage all Christian students to engage with social justice and to realise their biblical call to do so. As the bible says ‘The spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to proclaim the good news to the poor, to bind up the broken hearted and to proclaim freedom to the captives’ (Isaiah 61).
We want to demonstrate that social justice does not stand in opposition to evangelism! It is by no means a prerequisite to be a Christian – anyone who is interested in what we do is more than welcome to get involved and we would love you all to come along to the launch!”