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Newsletter 120   October 2020

Dear friends


Here at JPIT, it’s the start of a new year. Since we last spoke, we’ve said goodbye to our 2019-2020 interns Josie, Cameron, Rosella and Dan. But we’ve also welcomed three new team members – Lucy, Rodney and Meg! Get to know them a bit more in their welcome blogs, which you can find links to below.


As schools have returned and workplaces have started to reopen, there’s been a growing focus on how we build back from the pandemic. We think it’s essential that this is done with everyone in mind – particularly those whose voices might not otherwise be heard. We need to go from recovery to flourishing together, enabling everyone to thrive, and staying alert to the justice issues raised and deepened by the pandemic. As we tackle issues such as Brexit, economic recovery and heading back to work, let’s make sure that no one gets left behind. (You can discover more about what we think here). 

We hope that you are keeping well in this time of transition. As always, we would love to hear from you – about the issues you’re seeing in your community and the ways your responding. Get in touch at


Every Blessing


Hannah & the JPIT team


We're sticking by the Six Hopes for Society


At the start of a new JPIT year, we’ve been reviewing our priorities. We know that in these challenging times we need to be responsive and adaptable, in order to Stay Alert to Justice in a rapidly shifting context. But we also believe that our fundamental hopes for God’s Kingdom come on earth haven’t changed. That’s why we’re sticking by our Six Hopes for Society, and continuing to advocate for peace and justice in these areas. 

Get to know the Six Hopes

Universal Basic Income


“This blog is the brief story of why I loved the idea of Universal Basic Income, and why with much regret I realised that it can’t be the answer to the problems of Universal Credit.”


Universal Basic Income is being explored as an alternative welfare system, offered by some as a poverty-fighting tool to solve the issues of Universal Credit. Paul has explored why, from his experience of working on welfare reform, Universal Basic Income isn’t the solution to Universal Credit that we need.


Read his latest blog, and find a longer briefing on how Paul fell out of love with Universal Basic Income. 

How I fell out of love with Universal Basic Income


Meet our new team members


“I believe that the Church can and must bring a distinctive, Christ-like voice to the face of modern politics. Churches at both a grassroots and an institutional level can be powerful forces for positive change in society, striving towards bringing heaven’s kingdom to earth.” Meet JPIT's new intern, Lucy.


"Studying Politics at university opened my eyes to the complexities of parliamentary government and fuelled my curiosities about the relationship between politicians and the public. The chance to work with an MP provides the opportunity to answer the questions I have long held about the quality of public policy and the accountability and effectiveness of government, given the social and economic problems ordinary people have to confront daily." 




Meet Rodney, one of this year's new JPIT/House of Commons Interns.



"James 1:27 has always rung out to me: “What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world.” To me, this is a deeply political call to us as Jesus’ followers." 


Meet Meg, one of this year's JPIT/House of Commons Interns.






Racism and Repentance - with Bell Ribeiro-Addy

This month's Faith in Politics podcast features an interview with Bell Ribeiro-Addy, MP for Streatham. 


We discuss racism in the UK and how Bell’s experiences led to her career in Parliament. She shared the challenges of being a new MP in 2020 and the need for the Church and Parliament to acknowledge their history. Cameron and Rosella muse, for the final time, on reparations in the UK and what role they have in helping the Church in reconciliation.


Listen now on iTunes, Spotify, Podcast Addict and other platforms. 



Listen Now

Homeless Sunday

Sunday 11th October is Homeless Sunday. At this time of change, how do we pray, speak and act in solidarity with those who are homeless, and call for change in our housing policy?


You can find resources to help you reflect in worship or individually with Housing Justice.

Homeless Sunday Resources

From our friends

Good Money Week is coming up, and our friends at ECCR are celebrating with ‘Restoring Hope’, a series of online events about faith and finance. Their keynote event on Wednesday 28 October features a conversation between Ruth Valerio and Rowan Williams – not one to miss! Find the full list of events here.

Restoring Hope

Our friends at the Christian Aid Collective are calling on the Government to stop funding overseas fossil fuel development. Their group involves young activists from across our denominations. Join their call here:

Stop Fuelling the Fire


New research from the Trussell Trust suggests that, this winter, they are forecast to give out a staggering six emergency food parcels every minute. They’re calling on three things from Government, including protecting people’s incomes by locking in the £20-a-week uplift to Universal Credit brought in at the beginning of the pandemic.


Read their research and calls to action here:

Read it here

Dates for your diary

20 September - Freedom Sunday (end slavery) – Find resources here.


20 September - Peace Sunday – Get involved here.


11 October – Homeless Sunday -  Find resources here.


5-11 October –  Challenge Poverty Week Scotland – Find information here.


12–18 October – Challenge Poverty Week England and Wales – Find out more here.


11–17 October - Prisons Week (England and Wales) - Find information here.


18 October - Anti-Slavery Day – Find out more here.


18–25 October - One World Week – Get involved here.

To publicise an event or project, or to follow up on any of the issues mentioned here, contact us on



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