June 2021 number 1
Dear sisters and brothers,
People complain that the Church doesn’t do anything about the issues today or wonder how to get involved in the issues. To answer both, let me introduce you to JPIT.
The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) is a partnership between the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, and the United Reformed Church. The purpose of JPIT is to help the Churches to work together for peace and justice through listening, learning, praying, speaking and acting on public policy issues.
Christians are called to act justly and to work for God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. What does this mean today, and how can we make a difference?
The work of the team will aim to:
- Share the message in words and action that political engagement is integral to Christian discipleship
- Understand what churches need in order to speak and act prophetically and prayerfully on key issues of justice and peace
- Equip, energise, affirm, support and resource our churches, at both local and denominational level, in their engagement with politics and public issues
- Enable our Churches to speak together with a distinctively Christian voice in promoting justice and campaigning on public issues
- Build deeper coalitions and partnerships to further these outcomes locally, regionally, in the nations, and internationally
With an overwhelming amount of injustice faced in Great Britain and throughout the world, we aim to respond as best we can, but we focus our efforts around Six Hopes for Society. In 2020-2021, we have adopted five priorities for our work.
The joint public issues team has six hopes for society:
- A just economy that enables the flourishing of all life.
- A world that actively works for peace.
- A society that welcomes a stranger.
- A society where the poorest and most marginalised are at the centre.
- A planet where our environment is renewed.
- A politics characterised by listening kindness and truthfulness.
We have five key priorities alongside our continuing justice work they are:
- Reset the debt which calls on the UK government to help those who have experienced debt as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- From recovery to flourishing which is about reengineering the economy to deliver a just and sustainable future. It draws on just and green economy work to strive for a world that can thrive not just survive.
- Stay alert to justice encourages each of us to listen to all those who might experience injustice in any form. We are particularly mindful of the injustices that have been experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit.
- Climate justice seeks individual community national and international change in how we use the world resources our actions and inactions can be felt by our friends across the world as climate change has become a crisis.
- Welcoming the stranger encourages communities and government to care for migrants and refugees who have come to the UK.
Working with others
The Joint Public Issues Team works with a number of partner organisations, programmes and other denominations, speaking together on matters of justice and sharing research and expertise.
Why we do what we do is important to us. As three Christian denominations working together, we have a wealth of tradition and thinking to draw upon, and we reflect on these in many of our blogs.
You can find them at:
25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR
Tel: 020 7916 8632
Rev. Mark Barrett
Superintendent Presbyteral Minister of the North Wiltshire Methodist Circuit.
Presbyteral Minister for Bath Road, St. Andrew’s and Rodbourne Methodist churches.