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JPIT: Reset the debt : Faith in politics

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Newsletter 123   December 2020

Dear Friends

It is a pleasure to be sending you our last JPIT Newsletter of 2020. Welcome to everyone who has joined us since last month, particularly through the Reset The Debt campaign.

This year, we have been strengthened by your commitment and support of the campaigns we have raised together, as you’ve Stayed Alert to Justice throughout the pandemic. Covid has highlighted and deepened the existing inequalities in our society. Churches have stood in the gaps where the security net did not offer enough support, and called out issues of fairness and justice within the way policies have addressed heightened need. Your commitment, compassion and response to justice have been deeply encouraging.

This Christmas, we pray that you have time to rest and recommit to the calling to seek God’s Kingdom, even in these times of challenge. We look forward in hope to 2021, as we continue to stand together for justice, joy and peace.

Every blessing,

Hannah & the JPIT team

2020 has been a strange year, full of news and activities we would never have expected. Looking back, the JPIT team have gathered their favourite books, podcasts, hobbies and more, which got them through this year.

Check out JPIT’s Review of 2020 

Have you sent your MP a Reset The Debt bauble yet? We’ve loved seeing you get crafty, and make some brilliant creations to send to your MPs.

Over 6 million families are being weighed down by debt they were forced to take on by Covid-19. This Christmas, it’s time to give families burdened by debt a fresh start and a more hopeful future.

Send your MP a Reset The Debt bauble, and ask them to remember those who are weighed down by debt this Christmas.

We have a bauble image you could print out and decorate, plus an example letter you can send, on our website:

Send your MP a #ResetTheDebt bauble

Maria and her family are facing Christmas weighed down by debt, as Covid stopped their income and swept away their lifelines. Hear what Reset The Debt would mean for them (the video will open in a new window):

Join Meg and Rodney as they interview Ben Lindsay, CEO of Power the Fight and author of ‘We Need to Talk About Race’. Ben reflects on the unique contribution of the Church to ending youth violence, and its responsibility to confront its role in racial injustice. Meg and Rodney muse on the role of lament in the fight for racial justice.

Listen to Faith in Politics

After 1st January 2021, EU citizens residing in the UK need to apply for Settled Status. 

Whilst applications close on 30th June 2021, applications received before 31st December 2020 will have a longer period in which to appeal, should they be rejected.

If you know someone who needs to apply to the scheme, you can encourage them to submit their application before the end of 2020.

We have produced resources to offer guidance to someone supporting an application to the scheme, especially for those who may be vulnerable or find it harder to apply.

Find our resources here

This year has produced an additional set of challenges for those experiencing homelessness and the people working alongside them. At the same time, unique opportunities have presented themselves in the journey to end homelessness for good.

In a series of three blogs, we’ve explored how homeless outreach has changed, and how churches who have adapted their work on homelessness this winter can embed the best of these temporary changes, and re-centre and refocus their outreach work.

Read the blogs here

In November, the Spending Review indicated the UK Government’s priorities for the coming year. We’ve reviewed why these decisions will hit the poorest hardest, at home and overseas.

Read the blog here

The news of vaccinations is a welcome goal in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. But how will these developments affect poorer countries, and how might vaccine rollout be shared evenly across the world? Paul explores these in his latest blog.

Read the blog here

We’ve one week left of our advent reflections, exploring the stories of how our God of Justice has been with us throughout this year. Catch up on the last three weeks of reflections here.

Advent 2020

In 2021, commit to Climate Sunday! Have you held your Climate Sunday service yet? 2021 could be the year that your church commits to action on the climate, and calls for world leaders at COP26 to take bold and ambitious action for climate justice!

Join the biggest ecumenical movement of Churches calling for climate justice ahead
of COP26 in November 2021: Register here.

Is the money we spend bringing comfort and joy to those who need it most? Or is it fuelling inequality, injustice and climate change? Inspired by Mary’s Magnificat, our friends at ECCR have thought about the principles Mary might use when shopping at Christmas.

Watch the video 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 17 Dec 2020