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Church & Society

We work for peace and justice through listening, learning, praying, speaking and acting on public policy issues, as part of the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT)

Six hopes for society

Poverty

We pray and work for a society where the poorest and most marginalised are at the centre

Climate justice

We pray and work for a planet where our environment is renewed

Asylum and migration

We pray and work for a society that welcomes the stranger

Economy

We pray and work for a just economy that enables the flourishing of all life

Peace and conflict

We pray and work for a world that actively works for peace

Politics

We pray and work for politics to be characterised by listening, kindness and truthfulness

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From the Ground Up

From the Ground Up: unearthing hope and seeking justice

The Joint Public Issues Team is inviting you to join us either online or on site in London for a conference that celebrates, inspires and equips local acts of justice-seeking. We’ll apply what we have learned as the church in lockdown to encourage change regionally, nationally and internationally.

Excellent speakers and workshop leaders will be sharing their ideas and skills. The online and on-site styles will give different experiences so everyone can fully participate in discussions, workshops and networking.

The event takes place on Saturday 11 June, 2022 online or in London.

Tickets are free for under-25s or those on a low income, or £5 for online access and £12 for on-site entry. You can find out more information at jointpublicissues.org,uk/conference.

More from JPIT

About JPIT

How we work ecumenically through the Joint Public Issues Team

Latest JPIT blogs

Read topical and informed reflections on issues in the news

Become a greener church

How to respond to the climate emergency and care for creation

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Contact us

Email us if you would like someone to speak on an issue at a meeting you are organising, or if you have stories to share

Statements and reports produced by the URC on Church and Society issues

Although we mainly work on Church and Society issues ecumenically through JPIT, below you will find links to reports and statements the URC has produced over the years.

faq-icon1Church and Society resolutions at URC General Assembly

The Church and Society Resolutions (PDF | 461kb) document details what the United Reformed Church has thought or said since 1972 about various public policy and ethical issues

faq-icon1Environmental policy

The General Assembly of 2016 adopted a new Environmental Policy, which was updated in 2019. Find out more about making your church greener here

faq-icon1Ethical Investment policies

Ethical Investment Policy Statements (PDF | 154kb) 2010-2019 including the ethical investment principles adopted in 2010

faq-icon1End of Life issues

The Assisted Dying (PDF | 52kb) full report and resolution explores end of life issues, as considered by General Assembly in 2007. There is also a summary version (PDF | 147kb) which includes a study guide.

The …A Time to Die (PDF | 620kb) resource pack on end of life issues was produced in 2003.

faq-icon1Ministry in the margins of society

Read the report from our 2019 ‘In the Thick of it’ (PDF | 3mb) event, bringing together people across Britain who have experience of ministering ‘in the margins’.

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