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Newsletter 128         May 2021

Dear friends


The last few weeks have been busy in UK political life. We’ve had local elections and elections for the Welsh and Scottish Parliaments. We’ve also seen the opening of a new parliamentary session in Westminster, with the government’s agenda set out in the Queen’s Speech. There will be plenty of opportunities to make our voices heard over the coming months.

Over the summer, we’re hopeful for brighter days and more chances to reconnect with loved ones. But as the country reopens, it can be easy to forget the disproportionate impact the lockdown has had on different people and groups. As we gather in church and social communities again, each of us will have been affected in different ways. Together, we continue to be called to ‘Stay Alert to Justice’, and ensure that everyone is able to move forward. We’re holding you in our prayers over the coming months, and we hope that some of these resources will be useful for you and your community.


Every blessing

Hannah & the JPIT staff

Police, Courts, Crime and Sentencing Bill

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill is currently progressing through Parliament. The Bill has been the subject of controversy, especially around proposed limitations on protests. But what is actually included in this wide-ranging piece of legislation? And what can Christians have to offer into the debate?


Explore our briefing, which outlines the scope of the Bill and offers a brief guide to Christian traditions of protest.

Read the briefing

Reset The Debt: Update

Trussell Trust figures recently revealed a record number of people turning to foodbanks during the pandemic. This can’t continue: we need a better way forward. That’s why we’re asking the government to give families weighed down by unavoidable debt during the pandemic a fresh start.

Read the blog

Last chance to apply!

Applications for our two parliamentary internships close on 20th May. Could this be you or someone you know?

Check out the roles here

The Beckly Lecture 2021

We’re excited that Prof Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director of Scotland, will deliver the Beckly Lecture 2021. Join us on 28 June to hear him speak from his experience as a public health leader during the pandemic, and how faith is important in his leadership.

Book your free ticket here

Register your Climate Sunday

Have you registered your Climate Sunday service yet? Over 1000 churches have registered their Climate Sunday. It all adds up, strengthening our collective voice to encourage courageous action for the planet. Why not join them, and register your service today?

Register your Climate Sunday here

Climate Justice For All: Have your say!

Climate Justice for All is a youth-led, global campaign that seeks to mobilise the Methodist family worldwide on issues of climate justice.


Methodists are invited to take part in CJ4A online events in June, where you can be part of building a ‘call to action’ from the Methodist Church in Britain to the UK Government’s COP26 ambassadors. Open to all ages, come along to this intergeneration event to have your say.

Register here

Politics in the Pulpit

Have you been listening to Politics in the Pulpit? We’re building up a community around our weekly lectionary reflections. This week, JPIT’s new interim Team Leader Simeon Mitchell chats to Beth about the justice issues in the world this week, and in the lectionary.

Listen now

Public Issues Calendar

Did you know we have a public issues calendar, which highlights key dates and events throughout the year? It’s great for worship planning, or for keeping up to date with peace and justice campaigns.

Take a look here

Faith in Politics Podcast

In Episode 6 of Season 4, Meg interviews Conservative MP Miriam Cates about being a Christian in Westminster, the levelling-up agenda and family policy in the UK.

Take a listen

Refugee Week: 14-20 June

14 – 20 June is Refugee Week, where we will celebrate refugees who are part of our communities, and call for changes to the way the UK offers sanctuary to those fleeing persecution.


CTBI are holding three online Bible studies at the beginning of June, based around their ‘God With Us’ resources.

Register here

A time for justice: a service of reflection on the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd

CTBI are coming together to host an ecumenical service marking the first anniversary of the murder of George Floyd on 25 May 2021 at 7pm. It will be broadcast from the New Testament Church of God Church in Brixton, and available to watch on YouTube.

Find out more here

CND: Working for peace in the Middle East

Join CND for their online conference, to explore peace and nuclear weapons in the Middle East.

Register here

Dates for your diary


6 June - Environment Sunday

6 June - Tax Justice Sunday – Explore resources here

14–20 June - Refugee Week - Get involved here

14 - 20 June - Refugee Festival Scotland – Find out more here

To publicise an event or project, or to follow up on any of the issues mentioned here, contact us on enquiries@jointpublicissues.org.uk
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Posted on 17 May 2021