Social and Political Issues
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Friday, 04 January 2013 11:13
Thursday, 10 June 2010 14:00
Faith and Unity wants to encourage Baptists to hear the call of the gospel to work for freedom, peace and justice.
Much of our work is carried out through the Joint Public Issues Team, in collaboration with colleagues in the Methodist and United Reformed Churches. The indents on the left have information about the JPIT and the current areas of work.
Joint Public Issues Team
The Joint Public Issues Team exists to enable Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Churches to work together in living out the gospel of Christ in the church and in society.
The Team aims to promote equality and justice by influencing those in power and by energising and affirming local congregations.
They are here to help:
- Promote the importance of Christian engagement with public issues
- Provide resources and support for those active in the public issues in local churches
- Campaign according to the priorities set by the three Churches
- Respond to Government consultations as appropriate
- Provide briefing on current issues of public concern
- Report to the committees and Councils of the three Churches as required
You can also find out more by visiting the JPIT website, or the JPIT blog.
The JPIT are currently working on:
- Poverty Issues - resourcing local churches to understand and care about poverty and to respond to poverty in their local communities, participation in the Robin Hood tax campaign and the Fair Work Coalition
- Climate Change - calling for a binding international agreement on limiting carbon emissions, local church action through Energy Monitoring Service, participation in Creation Challenge
- Peacemaking - focus on human rights in the context of peacemaking, encouragement to ditch the plans for the Trident replacement.
Currently available resources are listed on the left by topic. Newly published resources include:
- Think, Speak, Act - an inspirational one-day conference of practical advice to help join the dots between action, politics and discipleship. Speakers include Giles Fraser and Martyn Atkins. For more information, and to register, click here.
- An invitation to get involved in a letter writing campaign encouraging open and informed political debate around the decision to replace Trident.
Trident Dialogue Briefing