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A new app and website developed by Tearfund aims to help people change their lifestyles for good ...

Hundreds of young people and adults have already signed up to a new Manifesto for a Justice Generation, voiced by young people at a new app and website to help people change their lifestyles for good.

The manifesto developed by Tearfund expresses commitment to speaking up for justice, being part of a fairer and more compassionate world, and living as a true disciple of Jesus.

Matthew Frost, Tearfund’s Chief Executive, was one of the first to sign up:  “I love that we’ve found a way to name the things we care about as followers of Jesus and to state boldly who we are and what we’re about.

“Rhythms is one of the most exciting things we’ve ever developed, and the best thing about it is that it’s made up of hundreds of people coming together to live differently and change their world.  It’s part of the most radical, transforming, life-giving movements in the world – the Church.”

And among the hundreds who have already signed up are widely-known leaders including Pete Greig of 24-7 and Nicky Gumbel of Alpha.

It’s part of the national launch of Rhythms, which is a smartphone app and a website that suggests lots of small but world-changing actions.  Users can get stuck in on their own or in groups of friends, and find fun ways to start making some changes that will add up to challenge some of the world’s biggest injustices.

Users sign up to one of four rhythms: Connection, Advocacy, Generosity, and Contentment. Over a 30-day period, the app suggests daily actions that will help the user to develop the rhythm in their lives.  Some are easy actions, some are difficult.  People can share actions with friends and practise their lifestyle rhythms in groups.  They all add up to form a pattern of life that leaves the user – and the world around them – a little different.

Action ideas:

Clean up your community - Walk through the shared spaces in your neighbourhood and pick up rubbish

Find five - Write a list of five people and commit to praying for them every day for a week

Surprise - Surprise someone with a fair-trade gift

Put pocketing - Write out encouraging things on pieces of paper, wrap them around a sweet and try to give them to people without them noticing.

Wake up and smell the coffee - Ask your favourite coffee shop to stock Fairtrade coffee

Facebook for change - Post a fact about a justice issue as part of your Facebook status every day for a week


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