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JPIT: Faith, economy and climate

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Newsletter 112    January 2020

Dear Friends

 

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2020! We’re a few weeks in, and already there’s lots going on for JPIT, and in the wider world.

 

In December’s General Election, we saw the biggest majority in Government since 2001, changing the political landscape for the coming years. For both those communities who have new representation and those with returning MPs there’s a chance to get to know the people who represent you in parliament. You can find advice below on how to get to know your MP.

 

2020 is also the year of JPIT’s National Conference, Renewal and Rebellion: Faith, Economy and Climate. We’re excited to welcome you to Derby on 7th March, and ask ‘What If’ things could look different, for people and for planet? In this newsletter, we’re asking if you could be part of making the conference happen.

The beginning of a new decade often presents us with the chance for a new start, to set new goals for change. As we face rising global temperatures causing disasters around the world, including Australia, and the rise of diplomatic tensions between countries, we continue to seek ways to bring peace and justice to a world longing to know God’s reconciliation. We hope that some of the opportunities we offer give you the chance to explore what making change could look like for yourself, your community and the world.


Every Blessing,
Hannah

It’s now only six weeks to go until Renewal and Rebellion: Faith, Economy and Climate, JPIT’s 2020 Conference. Nearly 200 of you have booked to come along, and we are looking forward to seeing you in Derby.


If you haven’t booked your tickets yet, now is a great time! Workshops are filling up fast, so to make sure you get to the workshop of your choice book as soon as possible.


We have a number of FREE TICKETS available for students, those on low incomes or those receiving additional financial support, thanks to the generous donations of other JPIT supporters. If you haven’t booked yet because you’re not sure you can afford it, or if you know of someone who might want to come, please access a free ticket through the ticket booking system. We’d love to see you there. 

Get your tickets here

Spotlight on: Volunteers 


It takes a village to get the JPIT Conference up and running, and you can be part of the team! We’re looking for volunteers to help at the JPIT Conference, to fill a variety of roles on the day. Could you be on our:

  •        Car parking team? 
  •        Welcome team? 
  •        Workshop team?
  •        Front of house team? 
  •        Set up and set down team?

Some of these roles only require support during part of the day, so you will still get to enjoy everything the conference has to offer. Stewards will need to be available before the start of the conference, for a team briefing. If you are first aid trained, we would especially appreciate your help.


Could this be you? If you can help us out, get in touch at enquiries@jointpublicissues.org.uk,

and let us know what role you would like to fill, whether you have first aid training and what times you could be available on the 7th March. If you have any questions, get in touch too and we would be happy to help.

We’re Hiring!

   

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? 

   

Applications for the JPIT Internship for 2020-2021 are now open. Beginning in September 2020, this one-year paid internship offers opportunities to develop skills in research, campaigning and communication, which will enable you to work on a range of issues as part of a dynamic team. There will also be opportunities for professional and personal learning and development to equip you for employment after your time on the internship.

  

   

Josie, our intern for 2019-2020, said: “I’ve loved working as the JPIT intern. It’s been great working with the team and for an organisation that ties together two of my passions—faith and social justice. I’ve loved having the opportunity to engage in a variety of different tasks - each day is different!

  

If this could be you or someone you know, find out more here:  

   

JPIT Internship 2020-2021

Living Lent is back!


During Lent 2020, we are once again inviting Christians to gather as a community and journey together towards radical change for the climate.


As a global community, we are facing new and significant challenges. How do we respond as Christians? We know that our lifestyles and choices mean we have played a role in damaging creation. But many of us are also desperate to change, as we hope to see creation flourish as God designed. So where do we begin?


We recognise that responding to the climate crisis is not just an activity but a lifestyle. That’s why during Lent we’re inviting you to take the first step by making a positive commitment towards change.


Together, we will each take on one of our six challenges, and in doing so gather together as a dispersed community, to explore the difference personal lifestyle change really makes in response to a global crisis. We will share in daily e-mail reflections, digging deeper into how the Lenten season of questioning and uncertainty might enable us to grapple with the challenges before us. 


Find out what’s new for 2020 and sign up here:  

Living Lent 2020

If you were part of the Living Lent community in 2019, join us again! With new daily material, it’s another chance to explore how you can go deeper in your commitment to faith and the world. You will need to sign up on the website again, which you can do by clicking the link above.

Are you a poet?


We’re looking for poets to help us explore some of our Lenten themes, and help the Living Lent community explore how their faith and taking action on the climate might overlap. If you’d be interested in getting involved, email us atenquiries@jointpublicissues.org.uk, with some examples of your work.

Did you use JPIT’s General Election Resources? We’d love your feedback!

 

We’d love to hear whether you found JPIT’s resources helpful during the General Election period, to help us in the future. We’ve put together a few quick questions to help us hear your responses. 

 

General Election Feedback

This Month’s Blogs...

Meet Your Newly Elected MP

With a new year we welcomed in a new parliament, including a number of new MPs (and lots of returning ones). Rosella explores why this is a good time to get to know your MP better and how you might go about it. 

Meet Your ‘Newly Elected’ MP

2020 Vision

   

2020 is going to be a big year for climate action, as Glasgow gears up to host the United Nations Climate Change meeting COP26 in November. Rachel Mander, from Hope for the Future, writes a guest blog about how you can talk to your MP about committing to action.  

   

2020 Vision

What If...?


At the JPIT Conference, we will be venturing to ask ‘What If?’ things could be different, for people and for planet. But what does engaging our imaginations and asking ‘What If?’ really involve, and how could it lead us towards positive change? Hannah explores in her latest blog. 

What If...?

Faith in Politics Podcast 

‘Relief or Return: the role of International Development’ with Sir Desmond Swayne


This month’s Faith in Politics looks at the role of international development  in UK foreign policy. Sir Desmond Swayne, ex-Minister for International Development, talks of the ease of being a Christian in the UK, the intersection of ecclesiastical law in parliament and his shifting views on Foreign Aid. Cameron and Rosella muse on the role of aid, and how grace challenges our understanding of giving and taxes and what a return on this might look like.


You can listen to the podcast on most Podcast streaming platforms, including iTunes and Spotify.

Listen on SoundCloud

Job Opportunity 

Could you help churches commit to sustained climate action?


In 2020, a coalition of Churches and Christian charities are coming together to help church communities commit to taking action for the environment, as part of their commitment to faith. We’re looking for a Project Co-ordinator, who can lead ambitious plans to bring together churches from across traditions and around the country for a Climate Sunday in the autumn. Could this be you or someone you know? Take a closer look here:

Climate Sunday Project Co-Ordinator 

How can your money make change?

                                                         

Interested in opening up conversations about money, faith and a fairer world? The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) has launched a new resource as part of a national programme called Money Makes Change.

                                                     

It’s an accessible, interactive resource for small groups designed to help you inspire conversation, prayer and action around a range of issues. A preview of the resource and accompanying materials can be downloaded here and a full version requested for free from info@eccr.org.uk

Lent with All We Can

   

The climate story and me: how can the radical stories of Jesus help us to respond to the growing climate crisis? This Lent, you could go beyond giving up chocolate again, and radically change the story. Journey with All We Can in a devotional resource that will help you reflect on how Jesus’ storytelling can motivate us to take that action. You will pray, read, reflect, learn, be challenged by the stories of others, share together and – most importantly – act. There’s even a JPIT challenge in there!

   

Order your copies of the devotional, find out about other lent resources and radically change your story here: allwecan.org.uk/lent

     

How could you be talking about public issues this month?

  • On January 31st, the UK will begin its transition out of the EU. As we live in communities which share different opinions about what this means for our future, could you promote positive dialogue? Our resource Conversation Welcome is designed to help local churches and community groups provide a setting where informed, reasonable debate can take place. Find it here.
  • As we gear up to Lent, could you use this time to talk about the commitments we are making to living justly? Ask your friends and family if they’re planning to give anything up, and share your Living Lent challenge. This could be a chance to talk about why we are choosing to change, in faith – for people and planet. Find Living Lent Resources here.
  • With your MP! Set up a meeting with your local representative, and talk to them about the public issues your community cares about. You can find resources to help you with this here. If you’d like some advice or top tips, get in touch with us at enquries@jointpublicissues.org.uk.

 

Dates for your diary

28th January - The Next Step: Getting involved in Government & Politics after university, Christians in Politics, Houses of Parliament. Book your space here.

1st February – Methodist Student Gathering, Cliff College. Book your space here.

9th February - Racial Justice Sunday, 25th Anniversary. Find resources here.

20th February –Penthouse and Pavement: Is the gap between rich and poor inevitable? Paul Morrison at Wes Talks - The New Room, Bristol. Find out more here.

23rd February - Church Action on Poverty Sunday. Find resources here.


To publicise an event or project, or to follow up on any of the issues mentioned here, contact us on enquiries@jointpublicissues.org.uk
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Posted on 21 Jan 2020

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