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praxis newsletter

November 2019 edition

Since we last spoke, a lot has happened. We passed the October 31 Brexit deadline, and remained in the EU. After a series of votes, a General Election was called for December 12.

Over the past few months, the Brexit impasse has divided and coarsened debate, and has limited our ability to push for change on issues of justice and peace. This election is about more than just Brexit – it is an opportunity to call for justice and peace through our decision making. That’s why this campaign period, we’re inviting you to engage deeply and lovingly with those around you, and the options before us. Find out more below.

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Hannah & Roo, Editors, Joint Public Issues Team

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Prayer for conference 2019

Living God,
the energy and exchange of all our transactions,
we celebrate your presence with us.
May we deal with justice and compassion.

Living God,
active with and within each encounter,
we celebrate your presence in each moment.
May we be aware to recognise you.

Living God,
welcoming us with generous hospitality
we celebrate your presence with us.
May we be open to include all in your love.
Amen.

© Jan Berry

praxis newsletter

October 2019 edition

This month, we’ve seen the power of collective action. Over 100 of you wrote to your MPs, and we finally received a reply from the PM to our letter expressing concerns about the effect of a no-deal Brexit on those locked in poverty. Our Church leaders have spent time at the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences, and you’ve started buying tickets to our conference. You can find out about all of this, and more.
However, we realise that being people who care about justice and peace has been particularly tricky over the last few months. There hasn’t been much peace in UK political life, and the coming months do not look any less tumultuous.
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Hannah & Roo, Editors, Joint Public Issues Team

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SRN 2019 annual conference

The Church on the High Street

Date: 18-20 November 2019

Venue: Foxhill House, Tarvin Road, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 6XB

Tel: 01928 733 777
Website: https://www.foxhillchester.co.uk

Walk down any High Street, and it tells a story about the issues facing our country. Join members of the Social Responsibility Network and colleagues to reflect on this world of changing employment patterns, economic models, availability and use of shared space, environmental challenges, housing and homelessness, health and leisure – and their impact on the sense of identity of a community. There is no Golden Age to return to, but what is the role of the Church in shaping the future?

Spiritual reflector: Jan Berry, Poet, theologian and hymnwriter

Presentations by
Malcolm Brown, Director of Mission & Public Affairs, C of E
Alison Peacock, Diocese of Manchester
Carol Wardman, Church in Society Officer for the Church in Wales

Worship led by Alison Adams, Canon Pastor and Sub-Dean, Leicester Cathedral

Site visits to local projects in Stockport

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take the annual sleepout challenge!

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The Advent Sleepout Challenge dares you to give up your bed for one night and get sponsored to do so, raising money for projects tackling homelessness all over the country. It’s your chance to make a difference to the lives of thousands of people living on the edges of society in England. During Advent, people all over the country will be giving up a night of comfort and sleeping out with their friends, families, church groups, clubs, colleagues and community groups. They’ll be wrapping up in their winter woollies for a fun night in school halls, churches, community halls, scout huts, garden sheds… pretty much anywhere, just as long as it’s not in their beds.

Funds raised will support the work of the Church Urban Fund which tackles homelessness through its Together Network by supporting Winter Night Shelters and other initiatives. I’ve recently heard from one of our projects in Middlesbrough called Positive Pathways which is one such initiative. The Positive Pathways project aims to help people move out of homelessness into more stable and sustainable way of living and is based on a simple premise – people come in two days a week for a cup of tea, a simple meal and some socialising. If they need help with benefits or to access another kind of help, the Positive Pathways team can facilitate that.

Best wishes, Holly & Abi, Chief Sleepers – The Advent Sleepout Challenge Team

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praxis newsletter

September 2019 edition

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The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) exists to equip Christians to act and pray on issues of injustice, to resource churches to reflect and campaign effectively, and to help our Churches to speak out with a distinctively Christian voice on injustice. We hope that this newsletter helps to inspire and encourage you to pray and to keep speaking out about the injustices you see around you, no matter how uncertain the times we are living in can seem to be.
Looking back over the last month and looking ahead to the next, there is so much to tell you about. We exposed the surprising link between the DWP and striptease artists, we continue to wait for a response to the letter we sent to the PM and we have some exciting announcements to make about our conference in 2020.
There are changes in our staffing to update you on, plus the usual round-up of our recent blogs and upcoming events.
Vital to our work in resourcing our churches well is hearing from you: please keep in touch using our contact details or social media channels, particularly about how you’re getting on and the challenges you face as we together work and pray for a more just and peaceful world.

Hannah & Roo, Editors, Joint Public Issues Team

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praxis newsletter

August 2019 edition

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Whether you’re reading your JPIT newsletter on a beach in the sun, up a mountain, in a rainforest, in another country (or somewhere exciting in this one), on the sofa or sneakily at work, we hope you are having a lovely summer. Here at the JPIT office, whilst we’ve all had time for a bit of a break, the action hasn’t stopped!

We’ve already written to our new Prime Minister regarding a no-deal Brexit. We’ve also begun engaging with the new cabinet, lobbying Priti Patel, the new Home Secretary, to ask her to #LiftTheBan that prevents asylum seekers from working. Over the next few weeks we’ll be talking about the arms trade and leading conversations at Greenbelt Festival. We’ll also be saying a sad goodbye to some of our team.

Hannah & Roo, Editors, Joint Public Issues Team

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Supporting refugees into employment

Information on the ongoing discussion on how best to support refugees to find employment and those who are professionals to use/adapt their degrees to the British system in order to find professional employment.
Here are two links to articles on the subject and guidelines received from NHS Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group.
The first is a Guardian article and the second a link to Guidelines issued in May 2019.

Information supplied by:
Nelly Misenga, Development Officer
Church Urban Fund
 www.cuf.org.uk/together-southwark

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PRAXIS newsletter

July 2019 edition (Nr. 106)

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Some schools have already broken up for the summer, Parliament will soon be in recess and we hope that you too will be able to have some time to rest, recuperate and enjoy some relief from regular commitments over the next few weeks.

With the UK in the throes of a Conservative leadership contest, we’re expecting that the political currents will continue to experience some turbulence despite the holidays, and the Joint Public issues Team will have plenty to keep us occupied too, as we finalise preparations for our workshops at Greenbelt Festival in August.

Information supplied by Hannah & Roo, editors

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why we should welcome child refugees

A range of 16-theological and practical resources for churches about why we should welcome child refugees. The Mission Theology Advisory Group* has written this study material which includes discussion, actions, bible, prayer and sermon material and suggestions for personal spiritual transformation.

Anne Richards, June 2019

Click to access the resources on their web site!

* The Mission Theology Advisory Group which Anne Richards convenes and which includes Rev Juliet Kilpin of Safe Passage and Peaceful Borders

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