Public Issues

The newsletter of Joint Public Issues Team
 

 

Newsletter 98    November 2018

Dear Friends,

 

Welcome to our latest update!

 

We have been busy preparing a new resource for Advent and would love you to take a look. 'Prepare Ye the Way' is designed to help highlight some of the issues faced by society today while reflecting on the birth of Jesus.

 

It is always exciting to hear the impact which the work of JPIT has been having: thank you for your phone calls, tweets, Facebook comments and e-mails which in turn help us support you and our Churches in creative and meaningful ways. In particular, we would love to hear from you if you have managed to 'Meet Your MP'. You can find out more below.

 

This month's newsletter also contains our latest news on Universal Credit, new poetry, Season 2 of our podcast and more.

Many blessings,

 

Roo and Hannah

JPIT Newsletter Editors

 

 

Advent

Amidst the hanging of decorations, ordering the turkey and wrapping up the new slippers, how else will you be preparing for Christmas?

 

Each week in December, we invite you to reflect on the transformational encounters experienced by those present at Jesus’ birth and to consider these in the context of our own society, here and now.

 

You may find it a useful resource to talk about in a group setting, with family or friends. Click the button below to access the full resource.

  

Please do share the highlights of your journey with us on social media using the hashtag #prepareyetheway.

Prepare Ye the Way Advent Resource

Global News

‘Asia Bibi is free but religious minorities continue to suffer violence, discrimination and abuse in Pakistan.’

After the release of Asia Bibi, we continue to pray for her and her family, as they seek safety outside of Pakistan.

Read Steve's Blog

‘Following the murder of Jamal Khashoggi the UK must halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia.’ 

In the light of a recent UN report on civilian deaths, we repeat our earlier calls for the UK and other major nations to immediately cease all exports of arms to Saudi Arabia and support a ceasefire in Yemen.

Read More

Universal Credit

This week, a petition organised by End Hunger UK and signed by 18,000 people was hand-delivered to 10 Downing Street in London. Thank you to all those who added their name.

 

We are continuing our call to fix Universal Credit, despite the changes allocated in the Budget at the end of October. If you haven't already, why not host a 'Meet Your MP' event to discuss the effects of Universal Credit on people in your area – more information below.

 

The Herald newspaper has just published an article on Universal Credit from the Revd Richard Frazer, who is a member of the JPIT Strategic Planning Group. You can read it here:

The Herald Universal Credit Article

Confused by what the budget means for Universal Credit?
Read our two-minute briefing here:

Universal Credit: Two-Minute Briefing

Meet Your MP 

Churches around the country are continuing to get involved with our Meet Your MP resource.

 

Have you seen our guest blog, written by the Revd Katy Thomas, about meeting her local MP Esther McVey? Click the button below to read about the story of these napkins:

Guest Blog

Have you and your church met your MP? We would love to hear from you! Head to our website to tell us how it went:

Tell Us About Meeting Your MP

Faith in Politics

November’s podcast, with our new hosts Bethan and Will, features Lord Leslie Griffiths, who discusses his career in ministry and politics. Baptist JPIT member Beth Allison-Glenny joins in the monthly musing.

 

If you haven’t listened already, click the button below to visit our podcasts page.

 

 

Faith in Politics Podcast

Poet in Residence

This month, our poet-in-residence, the Revd Lucy Berry, released two new poems to commemorate Remembrance 2018.

 

You can find these, and more of Lucy’s poetry, in our poetry hub.

Poetry Hub

Dates for your diary

Click the underlined text for further information.

 

Interfaith Week — 11-18 November

 

International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians — 18 November

 

‘Women, Peace and the Church’ – 24 November

The Liverpool-Cologne Churches Partnership is hosting an event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. The day will include workshops and a live performance of ‘Women Move in Peace’. It is free to attend. To book your place, please click the underlined text above.

 

Download our Public Issues calendar for more dates

 

Please contact us if you have news of events which may be of interest to our subscribers.

Job Opportunity

The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility helps Christians engage in ethical investment and in advocacy with companies and governments. ECCR is looking for a new Executive Director. Find out more...

To publicise an event or project, or to follow up on any of the issues mentioned here, contact us on enquiries@jointpublicissues.org.uk
 
Joint Public Issues Team | Methodist Church House | 25 Marylebone Road | London | NW1 5JR