jusTice initiative – march 2012 update

Dear friends and supporters of jusTice,

We trust this update finds you well and enjoying the first flushes of Spring!

A reminder that the JRI Environment day conference, in partnership with Tearfund, takes place this Saturday, 3rd March at Redcliffe College and there is still space to come – pay on the day! More info at http://www.redcliffe.org/Events/vw/1/ItemID/87,where where a downloadable booking form can be found.

Below is an update on jusTice developments for your interest:-

1.       New MA course – Justice, Advocacy & Reconciliation in Intercultural Contexts

We now have a date for the Validation Event of the new MA; 27th April 2012, so would be grateful for your prayers as we prepare for that. Whilst it remains the final hurdle to gaining validation, the University is happy for us to advertise this new course now, so attached you will find a flyer with more details. Please help us publicise this by making prospective students aware of the availability of this new course. There is a link on the Redcliffe website at: – www.redcliffe.org/justice-ma

Next week we intend to write to some of the organisations you are involved with, with a batch of hard copies to distribute or put on display as you see fit. As always do raise any queries/requests for more information; we are eagerly hoping for an excellent first group of students for the new academic year 2012-2013.

2.       Biblical and Missional Justice – training packages

Last month we mentioned the possibility of offering an intensive training programme with one of our partner organisations, delivering a course on ‘Biblical and Missional Justice’ to church pastors in parts of the Two-thirds world. We are aiming to pilot a scheme in the Autumn and discussions are progressing well, as we explore the provision of training initially for an overseas context.

We are also collaborating with the Centre for Bible and Mission (see http://www.redcliffe.org/SpecialistCentres/CentrefortheStudyoftheBibleandMission and their blog at http://bibleandmission.redcliffe.org/), which is based at Redcliffe College, with the idea of developing  the provision of a suitable short-course, or intensive training package, geared to churches and Christian practitioners in the UK too.

3.       Encounters Journal

The April edition of Encounters (Redcliffe’s free online journal) will focus on issues of economic (in)justice, and how the Christian community should respond; many such issues are high on people’s radar, be it the Occupy Movement, the Eurozone crisis, widening wealth/poverty gaps in the US/UK with its devastating social fallout, or looking for the church to take a prophetic lead by challenging us to seek alternative and sustainable ways of living through reduction of debt and the promotion of simpler living. We still have room for a couple of ‘guest articles’, so if you would like to contribute please get in touch during the next 2 or 3 weeks – we’d love to hear from you!

4.       Funding

We are grateful for a further trust-fund gift last week, which now means we have reached two-thirds of our budgetary needs for this coming year. Please pray for the remaining £5,000 to come in during the next 4 months, ideally, despite the tough economic context we are all living in.

5.       New OSCARactive page – Justice Issues (http://oscaractive.ning.com/group/justice-issues)

OSCAR (http://www.oscar.org.uk/) is a fantastic resource for cross-cultural workers and mission-minded people, and we are pleased to be linking with them in this new forum, raising such important issues for discussion and debate. Check out the link above for details on how to join the conversation.

Thank you for your prayers and interest in journeying with us on this,

In Him,

Andy & Carol

Follow jusTice, a new justice, advocacy and reconciliation initiative:-

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twitter – @just_mission

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