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Newsletter 134        November 2021

Dear Friends


It’s been a busy month, with COP26 taking place in Glasgow between 31 October and 12 November. At the end of the conference there’s been a mixed response to the outcomes - mostly characterised by disappointment. You can find a link to the response from our denominations below. We continue our focus on the Nationality and Borders Bill, and this month we have new resources to share with you. We’re also delighted by the news that Revd Steve Tinning has become a permanent member of the team. You can catch up on this and other news below.


As we approach Advent, we hope that you find time and space for reflection, at the end of what has been another challenging year for many.


Every blessing

Hannah & all the Joint Public Issues Team

Show Your Heart: New campaign resources

The Nationality and Borders Bill is continuing to progress through the House of Commons. At the next stage, expected to begin in the coming weeks, MPs will have the chance to offer and vote on amendments to the bill.


We’ve produced a new campaign pack to help you:

  • Raise your voice on the bill to Show Your Heart for asylum seekers and refugees
  • Work directly with your MP to influence them to vote for amendments

The resources help individuals and churches to prepare, pray, persuade and participate around the bill.

Click here to find our Show Your Heart Campaign Pack

COP26: Response

COP26 took place in Glasgow over the last two weeks. Despite hundreds of events, thousands of people lobbying and tens of thousands of delegates attending the conference, the outcomes were met with disappointment. Now, more than ever, we must focus on maintain the ambition of 1.5°c warming.

Click here to read a response form JPIT’s denominations

Events responding to COP26

Climate Sunday: Impressions from COP26 – Thursday 18 November 7-8pm


Join members of the Climate Sunday network for highlights and impressions from COP26.


Register here.


Green Christian for Post-COP Outcomes and What Next? – Wednesday 1 December 7-8:15pm


An opportunity to hear key outcomes from COP26, to explore our responses, and to ask the question: Where next as people of faith?


Register here.

Public Issues Calendar for 2022

The Public Issues Calendar for 2022 is now available! In a downloadable and online format, find key dates including special Sundays to mark justice and peace.


The calendar is free to download and share in your church networks.

Click here to find the Public Issues Calendar for 2022

Advent

We have produced a liturgy for lighting Advent candles, exploring JPIT’s Six Hopes. Each week contains a reading, prayer and short reflection. We have now made PowerPoint slides for each week available on our website.


We will soon be uploading video reflections of the liturgies which will be free to download and use in online services.

Click here to explore the resources

Online Events

Some of our friends and partners are hosting online events over the next few weeks. Check them out below.

From Stories to Change – Journeying Within the Asylum System - Monday 22nd November, 4-5:30pm

Join with the Poverty Truth Community to come together with people within the asylum system and others who walk alongside them to think through how we can work together to create change.  


Register here.


Preaching the Good News into the Climate Crisis - a course with Wesley House - February 2022


Join Wesley House Cambridge and Dr Richard Davis, Director of the Centre for Faith in Public Life, for a short course on Preaching the Good News into the Climate Crisis. For lay and ordained leaders looking to develop greater confidence when preaching about the climate crisis.


Find out more here.


The Second Barbara Eggleston Memorial Lecture: Building Bridges in The Shadow of Afghanistan - Oxford, 20 November 12-4pm.  


Join Christian CND for the Second Barbara Eggleston Memorial Lecture, exploring peace and non-violence.


Find out more here.


How churches can respond to homelessness after the pandemic

The network of ‘dormitory style’ winter shelters which churches have been familiar with in the past rapidly transformed to offer different services for rough sleepers as an outcome of the pandemic. At the same time, the Archbishop’s Commission Report on Housing, Church and Community was launched with a wealth of ideas for us to explore as how we could respond as Christians to the issue of homelessness. Housing Justice have published a new resource exploring this.


Take a look at the resource here.


Join Housing Justice for a webinar on Tuesday 23 November at 7pm, to explore the options your church has to get involved.


Register for the webinar here.

Social Justice and Evangelism: Webinar

The Methodist Church is hosting an online conversation with Revd Sonia Hicks, exploring the links between social justice and evangelism. Hosted by Eunice Atwood (Church on the Margins Officer) and JPIT’s Paul Morrison, it will particular explore the impact of rising living costs and the end of the £20 Universal Credit uplift on people experiencing poverty.


Click here to find out more.

Church Action on Poverty Sunday 2022

Church Action on Poverty Sunday will take place on 27 February 2022. Our friends at Church Action on Poverty are looking for 150 churches to register their support to kick things off. Could this include your congregation?


Click here to register your church.

Updated briefing on the Police, Courts, Sentencing and Crime Bill

The Police, Courts, Sentencing and Crime Bill is now in the House of Lords. We have updated our briefing on the bill to reflect changes made in the House of Commons.


Click here to read the briefing.

Faith in Politics with Derek Thomas MP

In the first episode of a new season, new hosts Beth and Ryan chat with Conservative MP Derek Thomas about the JPIT values of listening, kindness and truthfulness. They discuss everything from the tastiness of olives to whether there is any integrity left in politics.


Click here to listen to the episode.

Church Action for Tax Justice: Tax Justice Pledge

Wealth inequality is a growing problem. Our friends at Church Action for Tax Justice have released their new campaign calling for a tax on wealth.


Click here to take a look.

Team news

We’re delighted that Revd Steve Tinning has become the full-time Public Issues Enabler for the Baptist Union of Great Britain. Steve has been part of the team since covering Beth’s parental leave in 2020, and we’re very pleased that he will continue to contribute to JPIT’s life and work.


Click here to read more about Steve.

To publicise an event or project, or to follow up on any of the issues mentioned here, contact us on enquiries^jointpublicissues,org,uk

Joint Public Issues Team | Methodist Church House | 25 Marylebone Road | London | NW1 5JR

Posted on 19 Nov 2021