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JPIT: Reset the debt : Climate Sunday

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Newsletter 126    March 2021

Dear Friends

It’s been 12 months since we last gathered together at the JPIT Conference in Derby. It seems like it’s been a long year, and so many of the circumstances we’ve encountered have called us to put the ‘Renewal and Rebellion’ we explored at that conference to good use.

Despite being physically apart, we’re still finding ways to gather together around issues of peace and justice. In this month’s newsletter, we have lots of opportunities to get involved. From the Reset The Debt Day of Prayer & Action to Climate Sunday and Investing in Change, we hope you’ll be able to connect with us digitally over the coming weeks, and inspire others in your community and congregation to get involved.

Every Blessing

Hannah & the JPIT team

Friday 26th March: Reset The Debt Day of Prayer & Action

On Friday 26th March, we're joining together in prayer for just and compassionate solutions to the household debt crisis brought on by Covid-19.

We're also joining in action, to call on our government to support families weighed down by debt because of Covid-19. 

Could you take a moment to join us? Put it in your diary now and join us to pray and act for change.


What to expect:

Pray throughout the day: Practical and thoughtful prayer prompts throughout the day.

Pray Together: Join us at 12:45-1:15 for a live prayer broadcast with Church leaders and MPs, as we hold those weighed down by debt in prayer.

Take Action: Speak up for change with our quick but powerful actions. Sign the petition, share with friends and start a conversation.

Get involved

Webinar: 18th March 2-3:30pm

Haven't had a chance to engage with Reset The Debt yet? Now's your chance! We're hosting a webinar on Thursday 18th March at 2pm with the HeartEdge network. Come along and dig into Reset The Debt.

Register here

Climate Sunday

Has your church decided when you'll host your Climate Sunday yet? This year, churches across the UK are coming together in worship, to commit and speak up for climate justice.

Watch the JPIT team explain what Climate Sunday is about by clicking on the video! You can download the video to share in your church service here:

Download the video

Applications for our internship are now open!

Our full time internship, paid at the London Living Wage, is a chance to get practical experience in campaigning, communications and public policy – all whilst amplifying the voice of the Church in the public square! Applications to begin in September 2021 are now open.

Could this be for you or someone you know? Applications close on Wednesday 14th April.

Find out more

Politics in the Pulpit?

Our new weekly lectionary resource, Politics in the Pulpit, is onto its fifth episode! Have you been tuning in?

Each week, JPIT member Revd Beth Allison-Glenny chats with a guest about the week's lectionary readings, and how preaching justice can enable us to be good news to the world today.

Find a new episode on our website each Tuesday morning.

Listen now

Election Resources

Across the UK, elections will be taking place on 6th May. We're supporting you to Think, Pray, Vote – whether it's in local or national elections, or for your Police and Crime Commissioner.

Have you registered to vote? You need to register to vote in this year's elections. You might choose to register to vote by post or proxy because of social distancing restrictions. The deadlines are different depending on where you live. You can find out more information here.

Register to vote

Could you host a hustings? Hustings events will have to move online this year, but they are still as important. Help your community to engage with your elections

Explore our hustings guidance

What are the issues at play? Different issues will be centre stage depending on the election you're voting in. We’ve written briefings for different issues across each election.

Read our election briefings

Investing in Change: Coffee Break

The UK Nuclear Weapons Financing Research Group (UKNWFRG) brings you a short session to help you think about how to make your money work for good.

Boil the kettle and join us for half an hour (or your morning coffee break!) with an opportunity to stay and discuss afterwards. This event will get you equipped to lobby your bank to invest your money ethically and ask them to change their policies around investing in fossil fuels, arms, nuclear weapons, and other ethical priorities.

Register now

‘Looking globally, as a nation’ with Rachael Maskell 

Join Meg and Rodney as they interview Labour MP Rachael Maskell on the latest Faith in Politics podcast. Rachel offers valuable insight into her political career, the role of her faith in politics and the positive contribution the UK can make by looking to our global community. Meg and Rodney muse on how thinking globally ties in with the phrase 'charity begins at home' and whether it is compatible.

Listen now

Blog: Our response to the Budget

On 4th March, the Chancellor released the Budget. We’ve put together an analysis of some key elements of what was announced.

Read it here.

Exciting Events

Climate Change Emergency: Resources for a Green Church

Saturday June 12th, 2021, 9.30am-3.00pm

Join JPIT Yorkshire's local group for an online day conference to hear inspiring keynote speakers to stimulate your imagination, develop your understanding of the Bible and reinvigorate your worship life.

Register here.

All Sisters and Brothers: Sustaining hope with refugees & asylum seekers

Thursday 25 March, 6pm

Join London Churches Refugee Fund and Church Times for an evening in support of refugees.

With keynote speaker Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, actor Alfred Enoch, and representatives from LCRF and Migrants Organise.

Register for this free event here.

Eco Church 5th Anniversary online service

Friday 26th March 11:00 – 12:15.

Join A Rocha for a special online service to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Eco Church.

Speakers will include friends from across the Eco Church community including the Church of England's lead bishop on environmental issues, The Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam, A Rocha UK CEO Andy Atkins and Helen Stephens, A Rocha UK's Church Relations Manager.

Sign up here.

Dates for your diary

22 March - World Water Day – Find out more here.

25 March - UN International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade – Find resources here.

22 April - World Earth Day – Get involved here.

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Posted on 22 Mar 2021