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JPIT: Nationality and borders: Climate change

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Newsletter 129        June 2021

Dear Friends


As we look at social media and news outlets at the moment, justice and peace seem to be in short supply. It’s easy to despair and feel the weight of humanity’s actions bearing down on individuals, society and the world around us. It takes vision, faith and courage to stand up, speak up and take action. And often it takes friends, neighbourhoods and communities to keep us going.


I hope this latest Newsletter from the Joint Public Issues Team will be a source of hope in the midst of a difficult season. Hope is to be found ultimately in Jesus, who tackled injustice and a lack of peace with counter-cultural action, kindness and tears. May our lives follow his example, as much as we are able and enabled, remembering the power and influence that we share is a gift from God for the benefit of all creation.


Every blessing

Roo & all the Joint Public Issues Team

Nationality and Borders Bill

The Nationality and Borders Bill (2021) will be given a second reading in the House of Commons on 19 and 20 July. These proposals to reform the UK’s asylum system will make it harder for people fleeing conflict or persecution to seek sanctuary. 


Please contact your Member of Parliament before 19 July to make the case for protecting human rights and promoting human dignity in our asylum system. You’ll find information and help using the button below.

Urgent Action – Contact your MP [PDF]

Join us! Ensure your voice is heard


As well as speaking to your MP, we invite you to join us for a 90-minute meeting on Thursday, 22 July at 8pm. This meeting is organised by JPIT but is free and open to all.


We are building strength through sharing information and equipping local churches to take part in political influencing. We know that many are concerned about the impact the bill will have on how our country responds to those in need of sanctuary. Growing a network of people who share our concerns will ensure that our voices are heard. Please join us. 

Find out how to join us for the meeting

Could you host a refugee?

Roo chatted this week with Megan, who works with Refugees at Home, a charity that matches up potential hosts with refugees who are homeless.


Roo knows a few people who have been hosts, but was keen to find out from Megan what the process involves, who can apply and what support is available for hosts. Megan was full of helpful tips and information, so we’ve turned our chat into a video for you to watch.

Watch the video [YouTube]

Krish Kandiah, founder of ‘Home for Good’, is now encouraging us to consider opening our homes and churches to refugees.


Launched by the Welcome Churches network, the Hospitality Pledge also encourages UK and international charities to speak up for all asylum seekers, calling for a ‘more humane and more compassionate system’.


For those who can’t offer a spare room or spare sofa right now, Krish urges Christians to pray and speak up.

Climate Change Conversation: Zambia to Fiji

Join the Climate Justice for All team on Saturday 17 July at 10am (UK time) via Zoom.


Maima from Fiji and Jessica from Zambia will share their experiences of climate change where they live.


You will have the opportunity to ask questions in this one-hour session, which will be open to all ages and all denominations.


Climate Justice for All is a campaign supported by the global Methodist family. You can find out more about the team here.


Sign up for the event (free)

Do you have organisational skills? Some local knowledge?

Hopefully you will have heard about the Relay to COP26 by now. If not, you can catch up here


Our friends at the Young Christian Climate Network need some volunteers (of any age – not just ‘young’!) who can be Route Section Team Leaders (RSTLs). You don’t even need to leave your house for this role: it’s a great opportunity to get involved even if you’ve can’t physically join the walk.


The commitment is initially about 2 hours per week, with more required when your route stage is active. RSTLs:

  • arrange the logistics of one route section
  • directly support and coordinate all volunteers and walkers leading up to the relay stage
  • liaise with the regional route coordinator.


Sections still requiring RSTLs:

Nottingham – Sheffield

Manchester – Leeds

Newcastle – Fenwick

Fenwick – Edinburgh

Edinburgh – Glasgow


You don’t actually need to be based in these areas at all, but it would be an advantage if you have a general awareness of local places and have some pre-existing connections!

Offer your skills [email]

Can you offer a night of accommodation to the relay walkers near you?


Check out the accommodation gaps in this spreadsheet, and if you can possibly host a walker, please email the Relay organisers.

Offer hospitality [email]

UK International Development spending cuts

The General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the President of the Conference of the Methodist Church and the Moderators of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church have released a statement which is strongly critical of the decision taken by the UK government this week to reduce the UK’s contribution to a vast array of international development programmes.


You can find out further information on our website’s International Development hub.

Read the statement

Our latest blogs

‘Football hasn’t got the power to heal social divisions’


At our team meeting this week, Rodney shared moving and challenging thoughts around the events happening since the Euros Final. We urged him to share them for others to read.

Penalties, Racism and Healing

‘An extraordinary situation that requires an extraordinary response’


Our Reset the Debt campaign reached a new goal last week when we managed to secure a debate in Parliament on household debt. Over 1000 Reset the Debt supporters emailed their MP to request that they attend the debate. Find out what happened in Paul’s blog.

Reset the Debt parliamentary debate

‘Faith groups have a history of driving political change’


Meg ensured that our Churches had a voice at the recent gathering for the all-party parliamentary groups on climate change and faith & society. Organised by the Make COP Count coalition, it was attended by MPs and faith leaders, including younger voices. Meg outlines some of the outcomes and findings from the meeting in her blog post.   

Make COP Count parliamentary event

Critical Race Theory

Our friends at the Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ) are hosting a Zoom meeting on Critical Race Theory (CRT). CRT has attracted controversy among some quarters in the USA recently.


The CARJ Urban Network aims to give an accurate, basic understanding of CRT as it has evolved over the past sixty years in the USA and more recently in the UK. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.


It takes place on Tuesday, 3 August 2021, 11am–1pm.


All are welcome. To register and receive joining details, use the button below.

Email CARJ

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 16 Jul 2021