Homeless Sunday 2016 - Watch the video
Saturday 16 January saw the first airplay and launch of On the Road Together, a music video to mark Homeless Sunday 2016 at the Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Justice and Peace Assembly in Crawley. Homeless Sunday takes place over the weekend 23/24 January,
The Assembly was chaired by Housing Justice Chief Executive, Alison Gelder and as part of their morning programme in the presence of Bishop Richard Moth there was the exclusive first showing of a music video which organisers hope will go viral over social media in time for this important Sunday within the church calendar.
Homeless Sunday falls on Sunday 24th January 2016 across the UK. Homeless Sunday has been running for approximately 10 years, but this is the first time, such a project has been tried.
On the Road Together, the name of the track was written in 2009 by song writer and Director of Projects for Housing Justice, Alastair Murray. The song was recorded, with live choir at Hinde Street Methodist Church in December ?2015. The choir includes some of those who have previously been homeless or service users of various support services.
Christians across the UK are being encouraged to tweet and share the video via social media, using the hashtag #HomelessWelcome to highlight this day.
Speaking about the launch of On The Road Together, song writer and Director of Projects at Housing Justice, Alastair Murray said:
“It’s been a journey to bring this whole project together, but I’m excited about the opportunity to share a song, via social media across the UK as part of the 2016 Homeless Sunday campaign.
On the Road Together reminds us of the importance of us all walking the road of life together, no matter who we are! This is a particularly important for us as we remember the many who do not enjoy the life many of us lead.
I hope the church get behind this opportunity!”
?Endorsing the work of Homeless Sunday, the Rt Revd James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester, Lead Church of England Bishop on Housing and Chair of Housing Justice said:?
“During and following the General Election, issues around homelessness have become increasingly high profile within our nation. Questions around housing supply, affordability, and the threat of homelessness are increasingly clear.
Homelessness Sunday gives us within the churches a very important opportunity to think, pray and act in relation to these issues. Provision of appropriate and affordable housing for all is essential for the wellbeing of society and we in the churches must play our part.”