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Archbishop praises the 'steady, patient and relentless' work of the Church Urban Fund

The Archbishop of Canterbury has recognised the crucial work of the Church Urban Fund at a service to celebrate the charity's 25th anniversary.

Speaking at Evensong in St Paul's on Monday 18 June, The Most Revd Dr Rowan Williams focused on the work of the CUF in opening people's eyes to what we might not otherwise have seen in our society.

He said: "For the last 25 years we have not been allowed to get away with ignoring the realities of challenge and powerlessness and deprivation. And part of the vocation of the Church Urban Fund is constantly and deliberately to be on the lookout for what it is that, today and tomorrow, we are being subtly or not so subtly encouraged to ignore."

He continued: "The Church Urban Fund is there to call us all to judgment, not in a glib, finger‑wagging sort of way, but steadily, patiently and relentlessly."

Read Dr Williams' full sermon

The special evensong service was attended by hundreds of people, and the service was sung by the Choir of St Martin's Episcopal Church from Houston, Texas.

See images from the service

Founded in 1987, the CUF was created to help the poorest people in England. Its aim is to increase the passion within the Church for the marginalised in this country and to make the Church's response more effective. Each year it supports over 300 church and Christian projects tackling poverty.

Church Urban Fund website.