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Newsletter 118    July 2020

Dear Friends, 

As summer gets underway and schools finish for the holidays, we are beginning to look ahead at what life over the next few months might look like. As churches, closely linked to our local communities, we know that this transition will be different for everyone. New challenges will arise, particularly for those locked in poverty, facing unemployment or dealing with physical and mental health challenges. It continues to be incredibly important that we Stay Alert to Justice, seeking to include everyone in recovery. 

This month, as we respond to the Government’s plans, we’re inviting you to explore with us what an economy that supports us from recovery to flourishing might look like. We’ve also got some calls to action, to speak out with Fairtrade farmers and countries facing overwhelming debt. 

Many of you will be involved in churches who are considering what ‘mission’ looks like for you in the coming months. We pray that you will have the space and resources to listen to your communities, and become part of building a recovery prioritising justice and peace.

Every Blessing

Hannah & the JPIT team

From Recovery to Flourishing

As Churches, we long for the flourishing of people and the wellbeing of our planet. As we emerge from the coronavirus crisis, we find ourselves at a critical moment where we could re-shape the economy to enable the wellbeing of all people and the planet.

Read more about our vision for an economy which supports us from Recovery to Flourishing.

From Recovery to Flourishing

On 9 July, the UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a Budget Update, outlining measures for the next steps of economic recovery. How did it match up with our shared vision of an economy which supports us from Recovery to Flourishing? Read Paul’s response.

Response to the Budget Update

Cancel the Debt - Call to Action

This weekend, G20 finance ministers will be meeting. High on their agenda will be responding to the pandemic.

That’s why we’re calling on UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak to support the cancellation of debt repayments for some of the world’s poorest countries. 

Join our Call to Action

Keep KitKat Fairtrade - Call to Action

Nestlé has announced that, from October 2020, KitKats will no longer contain Fairtrade cocoa and sugar. As a result 27,000 sugar and cocoa farmers will lose the Fairtrade Premium annually, with no guarantee that they will remain supported.

Read why this is bad news for farmers, especially in the time of the pandemic, and join our call for change.

Keep KitKat Fairtrade

Communities and Covid

The world as we emerge from lockdown and beyond will be very different.  We have all been impacted by the pandemic, but for some the situation has been devastating.  What will this mean for local churches as they work out what mission within local communities looks like?

Using our own research and learning from experts, we’ve begun to explore the context in which churches will be supporting their communities. 

Read our reflections

We want to hear from you! Do you think our findings reflect your community’s experiences of the pandemic and the lockdown? Get in touch at

Digitalising Democracy with the new Archbishop of York

“There’s only one world now- the digital world, how do we want to live in it?“

In this episode of the Faith in Politics Podcast, Cameron and Rosella interview the brand new Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell. He talks of how joining the Lords Communications Select Committee “radicalised” him to the importance of online regulation of the public space and how speaking out on issues of injustice is central to the gospel.

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

Listen Now


Churches have supported families experiencing holiday hunger for years. How will things look different this summer?

Read the blog here.

“We are facing a time when more people need Universal Credit than ever before. Many will need genuine “support into work”, and this National Audit Office report does nothing to indicate that Universal Credit is up to the job.”

Last week, the National Audit Office reported on Universal Credit – and again found it wanting.

Read Paul’s comments here.

On 23rd June, the Government committed to fully implement the recommendations of the Windrush Lessons Learnt review. This includes a full review of the Hostile Environment policies.

Read our response.

It’s been almost one month since the Government announced that the Department for International Aid would be merged with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Speaking with 20 years’ experience in International Development, Simeon Mitchell responded.

Read the blog here.

We’re on Instagram! You can follow JPIT on Instagram at @public.issues. 

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Catch Up Here

Why not catch up on some of JPIT’s online content this weekend?

Peace, Pandemics and Plastic Bottles: Prioritising the Future? Catch up on the Beckly Lecture here.

What does it mean to be a people of peace and justice in a pandemic? Catch up on our first webinar here.

All sessions from the JPIT conference are now online for you to catch up on. Explore how we can carry a spirit of Renewal and Rebellion in challenging times. Find the conference recordings here.

From our friends

Life on the Breadline blog posts during Covid-19

Life on the Breadline is a three year research project analysing the nature, scope and impact of Church action on UK poverty in the context of austerity.  During the Covid-19 pandemic they have featured a series of guest blog posts, that look at the impact of Covid-19 on communities, charities and organisations in the UK.

Read the blog here. 

Dates for your diary

1 September – 4 October: Season of Creation -  Find resources with CTBI and Season of Creation.

6 September: Launch of Climate Sunday - Find out more here.  

14 - 21 September: World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel - “Creative Solidarity in Common Fragility.” Discover more 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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Posted on 17 Jul 2020