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Praxis: Faith in politics

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Newsletter 94     June 2018

Good afternoon,

This June edition offers opportunities to get involved with the work of our four Churches, from listening to our podcast to checking out our latest blogs. It also includes a sneak peak of our next report.

But firstly, thank you for remaining on our mailing list, we’re grateful that you took the time to confirm your consent. We have lost subscribers due to GDPR so please do forward this edition of Praxis to a friend and encourage them to subscribe.  

Thank you for taking the time to read Praxis.

Many blessings,


Lucy Zwolinska

Policy and Engagement Officer, JPIT

Tim Farron on Faith in Politics

Episode five of ‘Faith in Politics’ features Tim Farron, ex-leader of the Liberal Democrats and a Christian talking with Helen about his departure from the party, the polarisation of politics and Joni Mitchell.

Martin Johnstone, Church of Scotland minister and secretary of the Church of Scotland’s Church & Society Council, offers the monthly musing on fragility:

Listen to Faith in Poltics

Latest blogs

Since our last Praxis we have written about a whole range of issues:

Steve Hucklesby asks whether Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un could establish a relationshipof trust in advance of tomorrow’s summit in Singapore.

Simeon Mitchell explores the good news that addressing climate change can also be good news for the economy.

Rachel Lampard prays for all peoples of the Holy Land after her recent visit in ‘The starless midnight of Gaza’.

Rachel Allison explores the latest trend of political power posingand asks what it means that our politicians think they must be superheroes - and tries a little power posing herself.

Read our blog

Asylum Applications and Christian Belief

We have re-released an updated version of our briefing for ministers called to give evidence in support of asylum applications. 

This briefing offers some general guidance. Although the scenario refers to a URC congregation, this guidance is intended to be used by all denominations – please adapt it to your individual circumstance:

Read the briefing

Response to the Government’s announcement on gambling machines

The Government announced last month the decision to reduce the stakes for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals from a maximum of £100 to £2. 

Our Churches welcomed this decision but argue that the reduction in FOBT stakes alone won’t bring an end problem gambling:

Read our Churches’ response

Beckly Lecture 2018

This year’s Beckly Lecture will take place on Monday 2 July at the University of Nottingham. 

The Rt Hon Baroness Gillian Shephard will speak on how institutions – including the Church – can contribute to making Britain a fairer place.

The Beckly Lecture is open to all, but registration is required through Eventbrite:

Register now

Coming soon... a Christian response to hostile environment

We will soon be launching our latest report on Hostile Environment. This is the web of policies designed to make life so difficult for those without a right to be in the UK that they will leave voluntarily. Watch this space to find out more, and in the meantime, if you have experienced of the hostile environment, we’d love to hear from you. We will safeguard the confidentiality of any sensitive information.

You can email us at 

In the meantime, Madalena’s latest blog tells of how one small personal experience demonstrates the very real consequences of a hostile environment for those who look and sound like migrants. She also reflects on the miasma of suspicion and distrust it spreads throughout our society:

Read the blog

Dig for Health

The Green Health Awards celebrate the efforts made by churches and Christian organisations to use gardens and churchyards creatively for well-being. The deadline for nominations is 31 July:

Green Health Awards

You may also be interested in:

Meet your MP:

  • The Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office have launched ‘Meet your MP’, inviting churches and churches to develop relationships with their MP. More here.

The Spiders’ Web

  • The newly launched Church Action on Tax Justice are offering the resources to hold a screening of ‘The Spiders Web’, a film about Britain’s offshore tax haven. Click reply to this email to find out more.

Interfaith Activists

  • St Ethelburgas are offering a free opportunity to volunteer in Calais as part of their Interfaith Activism programme. Apply here.

P.S. have you noticed that we have a new website? 

Take a look around it here

To publicise an event or project, or to follow up on any of the issues mentioned here, contact Lucy Zwolinska on
Joint Public Issues Team | Methodist Church House | 25 Marylebone Road | London | NW1 5JR

Posted on 12 Jun 2018

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