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Newsletter 101   February 2019

Dear Friends, 


Welcome to the February Newsletter from The Joint Public Issues Team. 

The past month has seen the team continue to get excited about Living Lent, and becoming part of a community who are committing to respond to the call to climate action. 
We've also continued to explore how we can create a welcoming environment for those seeking refuge in the UK, with poetry from our poet-in-residence.
As you might have seen, debate has been raised around the UK's international aid budget, and we've taken some time this month to respond. 


This month's newsletter also includes an up to date response on Universal Credit, an invitation to come and work with JPIT and a list of some of the things we're looking forward to. 

Thank you for your continued support of the work JPIT does. 


Every Blessing, 


Hannah & Roo

JPIT Newsletter Editors 




Living Lent




We've loved hearing from those of you who have signed up to become part of the Living Lent community already.


Living Lent invites you to respond to the urgent call to climate action by committing to one of six challenges to change your lifestyle for the climate this Lent. 


Taking part in Living Lent is about understanding that transforming our climate is not just an activity, but requires whole-life change. This Lent, we want to be open to exploring what whole-life change could look like for us as individuals, and as a society.


If you haven't already explored what Living Lent is all about, or signed up to one of our six challenges, you can find out more here.

Living Lent 

Could you take part in Living Lent as a Church? Head over to the Living Lent website to find resources exploring why Living Lent is an opportunity to deepen your discipleship.

Church Resources 

Are you preaching, or leading a Bible study during Lent? Head over to the Living Lent website to find lectionary notes, helping you to explore climate change during Lent. 

Living Lent Lectionary Notes 


Tell the world! Let your community know that you are committing to changing your lifestyle for the climate this Lent. Find resources to share on social media, and in your church or local newsletter, over on the Living Lent website.

Talk about Living Lent

Faith in Politics

There's a brand new episode of Faith in Politics online!


This month, Bethan and Will interview Labour MP Cat Smith about growing up in the church, being a new Mum and why she thinks Jesus wouldn't hang out with her in Westminster. 


Jasmine Yeboah, the Methodist Youth President, encourages us to be courageous in whatever we do, and Bethan and Will discuss the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, Universal Credit and housing projects. 


Faith in Politics Podcast

Recent Blogs 

Universal Credit 

"Admitting that one aspect of Universal Credit policy 'could' have led to an increase in hunger is a start, but it is a hugely inadequate response to the multiple problems communities are facing because of Universal Credit." 


Paul's latest blog on Universal Credit responds to Amber Rudd's comments on the link between food poverty and Universal Credit, and suggests that this is welcome, yet inadequate.

Universal Credit Blog

In defence of 0.7%


"At a time when we are particularly conscious about the kind of country we want to be, our commitment to the poor and vulnerable across the world is something to be celebrated and continued."


Will explores the debate around the UK's 0.7% international aid budget, and how our Christian calling challenges us to stand up for justice.

In defence of 0.7%


Continuing our discussion around creating a welcoming environment in response to hostility, our poet-in-residence Revd Lucy Berry has produced a series of poems. 


Find the poems, and ways to respond, here:


Welcoming Environment Poetry

Brexit and Beyond

In January 2019, The Methodist Council spent some time looking at the challenges of Brexit and Beyond, using a paper written by JPIT team leader Rachel Lampard.


You are invited to use Rachel's paper to start a conversation in your church. If you do, let us know how it goes by getting in touch at

Brexit and Beyond

Work With Us!

Do you want to work as part of a team bringing about meaningful change in the world? Are you interested in making links between faith, policy and politics?


JPIT hosts three, full time, fully paid year-long internships, starting in September 2019, which offer the chance to work within the JPIT team on a wide range of issues.


  • As part of the Methodist Internship Scheme, you could work part time in with JPIT, and part time with an MP or Peer at the Houses of Parliament. Deadline 18th February.
  • You could also work full time with the JPIT team, analysing public policy, creating campaigns and working with churches. Deadline 21st March.

JPIT Internships

What we're looking forward to...

  • In Christ Through Brexit: Join the Baptist Union of Scotland for a day exploring how we can have a Kingdom perspective that transforms conversations around Brexit. 19th February, Stirlingshire. Find out more here.

  • Peace is not a fairy-tale: Join Church and Peace and Fellowship of Reconciliation UK for a day of discussion and reflection, to think about some of the deep divisions in our society and hear from people who are working towards healing these divisions and bringing people together. 23rd February, Quaker Meeting House Birmingham. Find out more here.

  • ReImagine Church Conference: Join Rachel Lampard (JPIT), with John Bell and Bishop Mike Royal for a day exploring leadership, mission, inclusive evangelism, church growth and innovation. 9th March, Birmingham. Find out more here.

  • 25th February - 10th March: Fairtrade Fortnight.

  • 1st March: World Day of Prayer.

  • 3rd March: Church Action on Poverty Sunday.

  • 8th March: International Women's Day.


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