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Newsletter 93     April 2018

Good morning,


This is the first Praxis since our Brave New World? conference last month. If you couldn't make it then don't worry, below you'll find videos, audio recordings and poetry from the day.


We have a great range of opportunities for young adults interested in faith, politics and social justice this month. Read on to find out about our two internships and the Peace and Justice Forum.


Thank you for taking the time to read Praxis.


Many blessings,




Lucy Zwolinska

Policy and Engagement Officer, JPIT



P.S. In the next few weeks you may receive an email from me asking you to confirm you'd like us to send you Praxis. This is due to the new data protection legislation coming into effect next month. If you would like to continue receiving our updates please do open the email when it arrives in your inbox!



Missed out on our Brave New World?

Brave New World? Faithful living in a time of change took place nearly a month ago in Manchester Central Hall. 


You can now visit our Brave New World? webpage which has audio recordings from the plenary sessions, resources from our 10 workshops and poetry from Lucy Berry:



Explore our Brave New World

Universal Credit: DWP tries to lies its way out of trouble. 

In his latest blog, Paul Morrison explains why he is angry about Universal Credit (UC):


"...what we are seeing is politics at its worst. For one group UC is a flagship policy that cannot be seen to fail, for another sinking that flagship will bring huge political reward. Evidence is fashioned into weaponry rather than being used for its true purpose of shining a light on what UC is actually doing to real families. The one group who are almost entirely absent from this fight are people like Sarah who have no choice but to live with UC for years to come."


Read the blog

Opportunities for Young People

Do you want to work as part of a team bringing about meaningful change in the world? Are you interested in making links between faith, policy and politics? The JPIT internship starts in September and offers opportunities to develop skills in research, campaigning and communication.


We are also advertising an internship which will involve working part-time with JPIT, and part-time with an MP. Follow the link below to apply or please do forward the information on to anyone you think might be interested.


We are also launching our Peace and Justice Forum for 18-25s, starting with an event in Parliament in July. You can apply here.

Apply for our internships


Our very own David Bradwell features on the Refugee Voices Scotland podcast this month talking about his work with Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees (SFAR). Listen to the episode here.

This month also saw the release of episode 3 of our 'Faith in Politics' podcast. 

It features an interview with Alan Milburn and a monthly musing from General Assembly Moderator for the URC, Alan Yates. 


Tune in


As we continue to hold the people of in Syria in our prayers, you may wish to read the statements from the Church of Scotland and Methodist Church on last week's military intervention.

Drastic about Plastic

We welcomed a guest blog from Mark Mallett of Nailsea Methodist Church last month. This Lent the congregation decided to embark on a fast with a difference and gave up plastic!


Drastic about Plastic

You may also be interested in:

Dalit Theology events in London, Birmingham and Manchester:

  • Wednesday April 25th. Amos Trust, City of London.

More information here or contact

  • Friday, April 27th. Queens College Birmingham.

More information here or contact

  • Monday April 30th. Manchester Cathedral. 

More information here or contact  

To publicise an event or project, or to follow up on any of the issues mentioned here, contact Lucy Zwolinska on
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