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JPIT: Reset the debt : Safe Passage

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Newsletter 121    October 2020

Dear friends


Many things have changed across the country and world in the 

last month. We have been grateful for the community that has continued to grow around our daily online prayers, as we have held the world amidst these changes before God. As we continue to Stay & Pray, we hope this will be a support and encouragement.  

Less than two weeks ago we launched our new campaign Reset The Debt, and we have been delighted by the support and attention it has received. In this month’s newsletter, you can find updates and calls to action, on Reset The Debt and other campaigns.

As always, we are pleased to hear of your work locally and nationally, so do get in touch at 

Every Blessing

Hannah & the JPIT team

Over the last 12 days, over half of UK MPs have been contacted about Reset The Debt. Over 650 of you have taken action, and we are beginning to build a picture of the response across parliament and wider society.  

Explore the Reset The Debt Website

If you haven’t written to your MP on #ResetTheDebt, take action now.

Write to your MP

Reset The Debt has also been featured onBBC Radio 4 Sunday programme, raised in Parliament andsupported by all of you online.

Have you shared Reset The Debt with your friends, family and church community? We’ve uploaded some prayers on the Reset The Debt website, to help you hold those in debt and the need for change before God.


Pray with us


This weekend, could you write to your MP calling for them to support the refugee family reunion amendment to the Immigration Bill?

The amendment has returned to the Commons, and will be debated on Monday 19th October.

We need your urgent support to mobilise action on this essential bill.


Write to your MP

Nestle confirms Fairtrade KitKat decision


Despite a widely supported and passionate campaign over the summer, the world’s largest food company, Nestlé, has confirmed its June 2020 decision to drop the Fairtrade Mark from KitKat chocolate bars. Meg writes about what this means for farmers, and how we can continue to take action.

Future of Fairtrade

Integrated review of security, defence and development

Lucy explores JPIT’s submission to the Government’s Integrated review of security, defence and development, the largest review of these areas since the end of the Cold War.

Read the summary

Women call for peace in Cameroon

On 21 September, International Day of Peace, women from a wide coalition of churches in Cameroon released a statement calling for an immediate ceasefire after violent conflict in the Anglophone region.

Read the blog


The JPIT Team met online this week, to reflect and plan for the coming year. We’re excited to keep exploring ourSix Hopes for Society, and equipping our churches to act for change.

We’re excited that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is only 3 states away from ratification! This is an exciting turning point for campaigners.

Join us in prayer


The Church of Scotland General Assembly met online at the beginning of October. Find updates on their actions, including on Racial Justice, Climate and Homelessness, here.

From our friends

A Just Transition for Scotland’s Housing - Hosted by Eco-Congregation Scotland and Stirling Methodist Church - Have your say on the future of Scotland’s housing, moving to net-zero emissions and tackling fuel poverty through a Just Transition. Register here.

Housing Justice – Could you take on the 1K challenge for Housing Justice? Find out more

Annual Chichester Quaker Peace Lecture - No Climate Justice, No Peace, with Molly Scott Cato, Quaker, former MEP and Green Economist – Wednesday 11th November, 5:30pm. Register here.

Justice and Peace Scotland - An evening hearing from inspirational people serving on the frontline of the UK’s hostile border environment - Tuesday 27th October @ 7.45pm – 9pm. Sign up on Eventbrite.

Money Makes Change Pledge - Explore how your church can use your money to shape a fairer, more sustainable world. Discover the pledge here.


Dates for your diary 

18–25 October - One World WeekDiscover more here.

24 October - United Nations DayFind out more here.

24–30 October - Good Money WeekFind events and resources here.

8 November  - Remembrance SundayFind CTBI resources here.

8–15 November - Interfaith WeekFind out more here.

15 November - International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians  - Discover more here.

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

Posted on 20 Oct 2020