JPIT monthly update
The Joint Public Issues Team are currently highlighting these articles and resources.
This year, the focus is around stepping into ‘transformational encounter’. Over an introductory reflection and four weekly reflections, we reflect on an aspect of the biblical story of Jesus birth, paired with one of our focus areas: Universal Credit, Brexit, Peacemaking and Refugees and Asylum Seekers. We will be challenging people to step into ‘transformational encounter’ with those they might consider other, seeing the people behind the stories and statistics and understanding how we can find God in the people around us.
We’ve produced quite a few briefings on Universal Credit on our blog. You can read and share these blogs and briefings, by finding them here: http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/whats-new/blog/
There has been increasing awareness around some of our global issues recently, including the release of Asia Bibi and conversation around the arms trade in Saudi Arabia. We will continue commenting on these issues on our blog, which again you can find here:
Meet your MP – We are still working on advertising the Meet Your MP resources we released last month. We have promoted a blog, adapted from a Methodist Women in Britain member, about meeting her MP Esther McVey. We are also hoping to promote pictures from another church member who met their MP, Sajid Javid, and presented him with her craftivist napkin.
We have also released a feedback form for Meet Your MP on the website. This gives people a chance to tell us that they have met their MP, and how it went. This way we can support people who want to do more, and gather success stories! You can find this here – please do share it where you feel appropriate.
You can find the resources here: http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/issues/politics-and-elections/meetyourmp/
You can find the feedback form here: http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/issues/politics-and-elections/meetyourmp/meet-your-mp-feedback/
Lift the Ban – We are continuing to support the Lift The Ban campaign, calling for the right of refugees and asylum seekers to work. Keep an eye out on our social media, or find more information at https://www.refugee-action.org.uk/lift-the-ban/
End Hunger – October was a really successful month for the End Hunger coalition. The campaign continues to make its way on social media, and the stories of those in food poverty are being told. We will continue to support the campaign, alongside our work on Universal Credit. You can find more information at http://endhungeruk.org/