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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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Church of Sanctuary conference

Venue: Sarum College, Salisbury, UK
Date: 19-20 September 2019
Begins: Wed 11 am – Ends: Thu 4 pm

Register at:
www.sarum.ac.uk/event/churchofsanctuary

Conference Registration
Residential : £ 150
Non-residential £ 90

Click the download below for more detail…

What does it mean to be a Church of Sanctuary?
This conference will
explore the theology of sanctuary
by looking at the biblical,
historical, and ecclesiastical
foundations of the practice of
hospitality and provision of refuge

This conference will be of interest to
church leaders, community groups,
activists, and anyone else interested
in exploring the theory and practice of
sanctuary in the United Kingdom and
Ireland in a church context.

This information supplied by
Colin Brady, Social Justice Programme Manager
Diocese of Salisbury, UK

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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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Linking Lives UK – Video launch

Linking Lives UK – a Christian project addressing social isolation and loneliness

You will no doubt be aware that loneliness and social isolation are issues of increasing concern in the UK, and Church Urban Fund have found that almost 70% of Anglican clergy see loneliness as the biggest issue in their communities.
You may also be aware that the government produced a Loneliness Strategy last November (2018) and we are working with them, along with other Christian organisations, to discuss the role of churches and faith groups in addressing these issues.
It is against this background that we launched a promotional film outlining our work, and we are looking for partners from churches and Christian organisations who would be interested in working with us to set up a Linking Lives befriending project in their community. The short film can be found on our website where further information can be downloaded.

Jeremy Sharpe, National Director, 10 May 2019

Click to view the Video!

This information is supplied by:

Jeremy Sharpe
National Director, Linking Lives UK

Tel: 0300 302 0225
Web: www.linkinglives.uk

Linking Lives UK – Registered Charity No: 1170325

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PRAXIS newsletter

June 2019 edition

Lift the Ban

17 – 23 June is Refugee Week

…where we celebrate the contribution of refugees and migrants in our communities, and ask what it’s like to be a refugee in the UK. This year, we’re inviting you to get involved with the Lift The Ban month of action.

Zero target Emissions by 2050

…we are celebrating, as the UK Government have declared their commitment to legislate the UK’s goal to net-zero target emissions by 2050. This is fantastic news, and the first step in the right direction of responding to the climate crisis. We realise there’s still a lot to do to reach this target, so that’s why we’re joining with others on Wednesday 26 June to say The Time Is Now for an ambitious response to the climate crisis. Read on to find out how you can get involved.

Hannah & Roo JPIT editorial team

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praxis newsletter

May 2019 edition

Elections — Nuclear Weapon Protest — Climate Emergency Declaration — Universal Credit Sanctions Rethink… like buses, you wait for a hot topic to come along and then a fleet of them come along at once! Over the past few weeks, the UK news has been full of reports of activists and politicians engaged with public concerns and our team has been as busy as ever, passionately representing our four Churches in a wide spectrum of issues around justice and peace. I hope you’ve managed to catch some of our work and that it has equipped and inspired you to take action.

Hannah and Roo, JPIT Newsletter Editors

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SRN 2019 Conference

2019 Theme:
‘The Church on the High Street’

Proposed venue: Foxhill House, (the Chester diocesan retreat house near Frodsham)

Proposed dates: 18-20 November 2019

The cost would be similar to previous years, with an exact figure to be agreed when the outline plan for the conference was in place.

Information taken from Minutes of the SRN EG meeting held at Church House, Westminster on 28 February- 2019

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Faith and the Future of the Countryside

Conference

Dates: 23-27 September 2019 (Mon-Fri)

Location: Lee Abbey Christian Community

Click here for details of the venue!

Who’s speaking? – Bishop Alan Smith

Click for details of our main speaker!

Click here to Book a place!

The conference will explore the rapidly changing face of the countryside in England and the role that the Church can play in shaping it. Drawing on the experience and insights of the delegates, it will provide an opportunity to think together about a wide range of rural subjects, including the environment, agriculture and leisure. In addition there will be input designed to offer spiritual refreshment for the participants

This information supplied by:
Revd Elizabeth Clark MA
National Rural Officer for the Methodist & United Reformed Churches

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Mental health & wellbeing

Thinking of mental health and wellbeing, the Church has a great deal to say about what it means to be human with all its fragility, weakness and vulnerability alongside capacity for growth, development, wholeness, healing and the building of relationships. It is also able to offer alternatives to state provision and thinking about health and care.

Study day – Birmingham – 10 July 2018

The Social Responsibility Network arranged a study day for members and colleagues to share ideas, experience and resources on work with mental health and wellbeing and to talk about areas where the Church can make a contribution or a difference. Underpinning the conversations during the day was the fundamental importance of honouring the reality and gifting of each individual, using an asset-based community development approach in working with mental health and co-production with ‘experts by experience.’

Key Issues identified

Discussions in the morning identified a number of key issues that were addressed in more detail in workshops in the afternoon:

• Contextualised services and support for people moving back into the community.
• Theology and language used around mental health and wellbeing.
• Resources that are available, and what is missing that would be helpful. (A list of resources is now available!)
• Liturgy and spirituality. (see one example on this subject here!)
• Links between the Church and other professional organisations and services.
• Issues for dioceses.
• Campaigning and prevention. (For example Zero Suicide Alliance)

Top three discussion points…

Three sentences captured the thinking of the group discussions in the morning:
• No decision about me without me.
• Wellbeing and recovery depends on patient, personal agency.
• Broken people together can make whole communities.

Final thoughts

Some comments and questions from the day:
• There is more hope that a faithful parish church will be able to provide support than diocesan structures. It offers features that promote mental health – connection, belonging, identity, acceptance, meaning, a role, etc. But don’t give up on the diocese!
• Symptoms, not causes, are often being addressed.
• We can share insight that mental illness can be a spiritual / transformative experience.
• What will be the role of the Church in the political / social / economic map in the next 10-years? We need to begin to engage with these issues now.
• How do we make connections with other professionals and join things together? A good start would be to talk to people already in our churches who are working in mental health.
• Campaigns are based on engagement – does the Church own its investment in mental health?
• Talk to the most vulnerable people in the church about a spirituality that works for them.
• Affirm the importance of communities, love and relationships.
• Where is God calling me?

Prepared by Ann Wright, SRN, 2/8/2018

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praxis newsletter

March 2019 Edition

Spring is becoming more apparent (for those in the UK at least) and with it the signs of hope for new life. Our Living Lent community has been flourishing too, with almost 500 people receiving our daily mailshot of inspiration and encouragement. Over 200 people are part of our Living Lent Facebook groups, sharing tips and stories. You can find out how to join in with these below.

We were delighted at the beginning of this month to see progress on how the UK Government will determine who is in need of support, by taking the step to also measure food poverty. Yet we all continue to await progress on Brexit. Lucy Berry, our Poet-in-Residence, has filmed a poem in response to current developments entitled ‘Christ Knows’ – you can watch it by following the link in this newsletter.

Hannah & Roo
JPIT Newsletter Editors

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