From Exclusion To Inspiration: The PCU story

The perfect opportunity to raise awareness of their business and financial services for the Pentecostal faith community.

That’s how Elaine Bowes of the Pentecostal Credit Union (PCU) sees the opportunity to exhibit at CRE National at Sandown Park (12-14 Oct).  

“We are especially excited to be sponsoring – jointly with our partners Good to Give – Windrush: Exploring the Legacy,” said Elaine. “The theme is particularly important to us, as our establishment came about as a direct result of the financial and faith-based exclusion that Windrush migrants faced when they arrived in the UK between 1948 and 1971.”

PCU’s founder, Rev Carmel Jones MBE, addressed the discrimination faced by Black communities – and Pentecostal ministries in particular – after experiencing an episode of race-based exclusion in an Anglican church in 1955.

“When you come to our stand, you will learn more about his experience and how he was inspired, 25 years later, to set up The Pentecostal Credit Union,” said Elaine.     

In addition to the Windrush legacy events, PCU will host a panel discussion at CRE (12pm, Thursday 14  October) under the title: ‘Exploring diversity and difference in the church’.  With John 17:21 in mind, ‘That they all may be one…’, the panel will comprise of imminent and learned commentators and practitioners in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion in the church.

“We will focus on current issues of racial diversity and include the 40-plus-year

journey of The Pentecostal Credit Union in traversing this territory,” said Elaine. “We hope you will join us and our partners, Good to Give, and spend some time on our stand to see what we do.”

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