The Story So Far
Just Love started out in Oxford in 2013 with a small group of Christian students who wanted to live out their faith by pursuing the kind of social justice that they were reading about in their Bibles. They wanted other Christian students to do the same and so they began meeting to pray, strategise and send out the first Homeless Outreach groups. Just Love Oxford launched officially in the April with a ‘Live Below The Line’ week raising over £5000 for different charities.
The first Just Love Oxford projects engaged students with issues of homelessness, human trafficking, global poverty and ethical living. Through speaker events, open-mic nights, panel discussions, pub quizzes, prayer meetings, worship evenings, film screenings, Stand For Freedom events and more campaigns than we can name here, Just Love started to gain a name for itself. We saw more and more Christian students getting involved in action, advocacy and prayer for the poor, the marginalised and the oppressed.
Soon a team in Durham was forming with the same heart to see every Christian student in their city committed to social justice and doing something about it. Thus in April 2014, Just Love Durham officially launched with a hugely popular first event and ‘Tale of Two Cities’ video to accompany it. They began organising the social action that students were involved in into three streams: global, local and personal.
As Just Love Oxford and Just Love Durham continued to grow and thrive, other initiatives were gaining traction elsewhere and we began to form partnerships with a variety of organisations. In 2015, to much excitement and thanksgiving, we saw Just Love groups launch in Bath, Cambridge, Glasgow, Exeter and St Andrews. Across the UK, students raised more than £10,000, gave more than 2,000 volunteer hours to their communities and held more than 200 different events including five 24-hr long events in protest of Modern Slavery. So far in 2016, we've seen Just Love Norwich launch and our existing groups engage more with issues of injustice than ever before.
We can’t wait to inspire and release more Christian students to pursue the Biblical call to social justice so if you’d like to be involved in what Just Love does then please do get in touch!
Inspiring Christian students
to stand against injustice.