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Newsletter 96    September 2018

Good morning,

 

It is the start of the JPIT new year, which brings with it new (and renewed) priorities and lots to look forward to. 

 

We bade a fond farewell to our wonderful 2017/18 interns, Helen, Madalena and Rachel last month, whose contributions to the team will be sorely missed. However, we have already welcomed two new team members - see their new blogs below.

 

Today's newsletter includes a call to action around Universal Credit, a preview of our upcoming Meet Your MP campaign and an introduction to our new poet in residence. 

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter.

 

Many blessings,

 

Lucy

Lucy Zwolinska

Policy and Engagement Officer, JPIT

 

 

Fix Universal Credit

Our Churches are calling on the UK Government to fix Universal Credit in order to prevent more people going hungry. 

 

Join us?

 

 

If you have one minute:

Sign the petition now!

If you have two minutes:

Download the petition for your church to sign

If you have ten minutes:

Read our latest Universal Credit briefing 

You may also wish to celebrate End Hunger Week 13-21 October.

Peacemaking Sunday 

This year's Peacemaking Sunday falls on Sunday 23rd September. The Fellowship of Reconciliation has produced free resources for prayer and reflection:

 

Celebrate Peacemaking Sunday

Coming soon: Meet Your MP

Meet Your MP is an initiative to build links between congregations and their member of Parliament.

        

It invites you and your church groups to organise a public meeting, invite your MP to visit a church project or event, or take them on a walk of your local area to highlight issues that church members feel need to be addressed.

We’ll be providing plenty of resources and guidance, so no previous experience is required. The initiative launches in England and Wales in Autumn 2018... watch this space! If you are in Scotland the scheme is already being run by the Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office.

 

Prayers for the Global Compact on Refugees 

When the UN General Assembly convenes between 18th – 30th September, they will vote on the Global Compact on Refugees. 

If passed, this will change the way international community responds to the mass movement of refugees. 

You can find resources for personal prayer or collective worship for refugees and displaced people on our website:

Prayers for displaced people

Faith in Politics

Have you listened to the last episode of the season yet? Episode 8 of Faith in Politics includes an interview with Big Issue founder, Lord Bird, and a monthly musing from Revd Jane Day.

 

Faith in Politics is taking a brief pause between seasons as we prepare to welcome out two new parliamentary interns who will take over from Helen and Rachel.

  

Click to listen on Soundcloud, itunes or Podcast Addict.

 

Faith in Politics

Poet in residence

We made a new and exciting announcement earlier this month in the form of welcoming Revd Lucy Berry, who is joining the team as poet in residence.

 

You may remember Lucy from our Brave New World conference, where she wrote and performed 'The Yearning and the Fury' and 'Ideas, like Doves'.

 

Lucy will write and perform poetry related to the policy areas we work on, and has already written a poem on the hostile environment which you can read or listen to below:

Poetry hub

New team members 

We are delighted to welcome Hannah, the new JPIT intern, and Roo, a new URC team member to the team. They have both written blogs introducing themselves and their new roles:

Introducing Hannah and Roo

Dates for your diary

  • World Week of Peace for Palestine and Israel. 16-23 September.

    Resources here.

  • Universal Credit: understanding the new landscape. Two hour interactive practical training sessions on Universal Credit run by Capital Mass. Five events across London in Sep, Oct and Nov. Details here.

  • Let's talk about TAX - what would a fair system look like? 11 October 2018, Priory Rooms, 40 Bull Street, B4 6AF. Join Church Action on Tax Justice as they hear the Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP. Registration and more information on Eventbrite.
  • Cliff College Certificate in Social Activism 12th – 16th November 2018. Designed for those interested in making the world a better place, this brand new Certificate in Social Activism is an exciting week-long course looking at this important and developing subject. Find out more.
To publicise an event or project, or to follow up on any of the issues mentioned here, contact Lucy Zwolinska on zwolinskal@methodistchurch.org.uk
 
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