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Praxis: Hostile environment, social mobility and more

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Newsletter 95     July 2018

Good morning,

Welcome to the July edition of the Joint Public Issues Team newsletter. We have had a busy six weeks, including the launch of our #EndHostility campaign, the annual Beckly Lecture and some interesting public events including Trump’s visit and parliamentary debates about the death penalty. Read on for more information.

Thank you for taking the time to read Praxis.

Many blessings,


Lucy Zwolinska

Policy and Engagement Officer, JPIT

Destitution, discrimination and distrust: the web of the hostile environment

The ‘hostile environment’ is a web of government policies designed to make life so difficult for people who cannot prove they have the right to live in the UK that they will choose to leave. The hostile environment deliberately inflicts destitution, encourages discrimination, and thrives on distrust.


Our #EndHostility campaign continues, calling for a full independent review of the policies that make up the hostile environment. You can find our report as well as blog posts, poems, prayers, infographics and video content on our website and social media.

You can also take action and write to your MP today.

End Hostility

Youth Resources

We have launched two brand new youth resources for Sunday Schools, youth groups and perhaps even adults who enjoy interactive sessions exploring faith, politics and social justice.

The first is entitled ‘Peacemaking: a Christian Vocation’. This set of four interactive bible studies are designed to be used by Christian youth groups to enable discussion and reflection on peacemaking and Christianity:

Peacemaking Youth Resource

The second is designed to explain what we mean when we talk about the ‘hostile environment’ in the UK and explore how, as Christians, we can create a more welcoming environment for everyone:

#EndHostility Youth Resource

Brexit and Agriculture

If you’re a member of a farming or fishing community wondering how Brexit might affect you, you’re in luck. Our latest briefing on exactly that is available now, written in collaboration with Germinate: Arthur Rank Centre:

Brexit and Agriculture

Social Mobility: a task for all of us

We were joined by the Rt Hon Baroness Gillian Shephard for this year’s Beckly Lecture. Baroness Shephard spoke about social mobility and how institutions – including the Church – can contribute to making Britain a fairer place.

Click below to read the full lecture or to watch it on the Methodist Church’s Facebook page, click below:

Beckly 2018

Faith in Politics

The penultimate episode of this season of Faith in Politics will go live this weekend.

Parliamentary interns Rachel and Helen are joined by Secretary of the Methodist Conference, Revd Gareth Powell. Naomi Oates offers the Monthly Musing on Romans 13.

Click to listen on Soundcloud, itunes or Podcast Addict.

Faith in Politics


It’s been a busy month on the JPIT blog. Take a look at our posts on President Trump’s visit, the Rohingya Crisis and the death penalty:

Check out our blogs

Dates for your diary

  • Creation Time: 1 September – 4 October 2018. Download resources to observe Creation Time 2018. CTBI provide links to a variety of resources available here.
  • Peacemaking Sunday: 23 September. The Fellowship of Reconciliation has produced a resource filled with sermon ideas, activities for children & young people and much more to help you celebrate Peacemaking Sunday in your own context.
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 28 Jul 2018

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