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Newsletter 89      October 2017

Welcome to Praxis, edition 89.

The first six weeks of the JPIT New Year have been pretty exciting. We’ve had Church leaders at four party conferences, relaunched The Art of the Possible, and have briefed politicians on Universal Credit. We are also announcing the detials of the 2018 JPIT Conference - keep reading to find out more.

Thank you for taking the time to read Praxis.

Many blessings,


Lucy Zwolinska

Policy and Engagement Officer, JPIT

JPIT Conference 2018

What does it mean to be a Christian in the midst of our changing world? How do we live prophetically in a time of political turbulence, social upheaval and climate change? 

‘A Brave New World? Faithful living in a time of change’, is an opportunity to discuss challenges, fears and hopes for the future of our communities, nations and world.

Save the date:17 March 2018 at Manchester Central Hall. The details will follow soon.

The Art of the Possible

Does politics have a role in the Church or is it a distraction from our mission? Is politics about compromise – what is possible – when our Christian faith is about truth?

The Art of the Possible is our newly launched resource set of six bible studies, tohelp people to explore these questions and find ways to act.

Explore The Art of the Possible

Party Conferences

We’ve had Church leaders at each of the four biggest political parties’ conferences over the last few weeks. 

They’ve returned with stories of meeting, praying, challenging and having tea with MPs from across the political spectrum.

Find out what we got up to at party conferences

Intern Update

As promised, we’ve also got some updates from our three new interns. Madalena has been busy researching Prevent policy, working on our communications plan for the next few months and planning for Christmas. Helen is undertaking research around the Balfour Declaration as well as UK asylum policy. Rachel has been thinking about Brexit, and has written a blog entitled ‘Does the EU want its cake, our cake, the morning croissant and the afternoon tea?’

Read Rachel’s blog

Nuclear Ban Treaty

We have several exciting updates on the topic of nuclear disarmament. 

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Last month also saw the launch of a Nuclear Ban Treaty. This has now been signed by 53 countries- and counting. The UK has made clear their opposition to  the treaty. 

If you would like to find out more about the Nuclear Ban Treaty or if you’d like to ‘take action’, read out our Nuclear Ban Treaty briefing.

Read the Nuclear Ban Treaty Briefing

Universal Credit

On Wednesday there was a debate in Parliament about ‘pausing and fixing’ Universal Credit (UC). We sent every MP a briefing outlining our Churches’ concerns about Universal Credit in advance of the debate. The central message was simple: UC’s processes suit the lives of the relatively well-off, the people who designed it, but fails to take into account the lives of real people struggling against poverty.

Read our Universal Credit Briefing

From Lampedusa David Bradwell reflects on borders and refugees

David Bradwell, refugee co-ordinator for Scottish Churches Action for Refugees, visited Lampedusa, Italy, this month to take part in a Protestant churches conference on borders and to attend a service commemorating the thousands of people drowned in the Mediterranean while trying to reach safety. He sent us his reflections:

Reflections from Lampedusa

Emergency appeal

As hundreds of thousands of people have fled the violence taking place in Rakhine state, Myanmar, you may wish to hold these displaced people in your prayers, and to donate to a charity helping to provide the desperately needed response to this emergency situation. The Disasters Emergency Committee have launched an appeal amongst others. 

Coming up...

We’ve also got a few eventscoming up that we think you might be interested in:

Joy in Enough: The Big Workshop. 18 Nov, Sheffield.

Voices from the Margins. Church Action on Poverty annual conference.18 Nov, Sheffield.

And several jobs:

Digital Media and Monitoring Coordinator with EAPPI

Peace and Disarmament Coordinator with Quaker Peace and Social Witness

Information about both can be found here.

Church Action on Poverty are advertising for three positions which you can see here.

To publicise an event or project, or to follow up on any of the issues mentioned here, contact Lucy Zwolinska on
Joint Public Issues Team | United Reformed Church | 86 Tavistock Place | London | WC1H 9RT

Posted on 22 Oct 2017

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