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01 November 2012

Rhythms launches to raise up a generation for justice

Rhythms App It's official; your phone is a tool for justice.

Today is the launch of Tearfund’s brand new app and website – Rhythms.

Hundreds of young people have already signed up to Tearfund’s Manifesto for a Justice Generation, which calls for them to be, among other things, “a generation who will choose radical living”.

The manifesto has been building momentum for today’s launch of Rhythms, the app and website which aims to help people change their lifestyles by suggesting small actions to tackle some of the world’s big injustices.

Matthew Frost, Tearfund’s chief executive, said: “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.”

More than 1,900 people have already signed up to the online community, including Peter Greig of 24-7, Nicky Gumbel of Alpha, and Andy Croft of Soul Survivor.

When they sign up to Rhythms, users choose one of four rhythms: connection, advocacy, generosity or contentment; the app then suggests daily actions for a 30-day period.

Examples of some actions the app will suggest are: writing a list of five people and committing to praying for them, surprising someone with a fair-gift, putting an encouraging note around a sweet and into someone’s pocket, asking your favourite coffee shop to stock fair-trade coffee or posting a fact about justice in a Facebook status every day of the week.

It also allows them to share actions with friends and practise their lifestyle rhythms in groups.

In taking these actions, Tearfund and Rhythms hope to help the user change their lifestyle, and therefore the world around them.

Rhythms is the most recent way technology is being used to help the fight against poverty.

The campaigns charity the ‘Global Poverty Project’ recently launched their own app, the ‘Global Citizien’ where you gain points for learning more or acting against extreme poverty.

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Rhythms is distinct, however, in its Christian outlook.

The Manifesto for a Justice Generation ends: “And we believe in this generation. We believe in their influence, in their power for good, in their potential.

“We believe they can disarm apathy, get over cynicism, buckle consumerism, and choose a different way.

“We believe they can be Jesus disciples.”