jusTice initiative update – december 2012
Dear friends and supporters of jusTice,
As we enter the season of Advent we are reminded again of the good news of ‘God with us’. We also remember the incarnation as the in-breaking of the Kingdom of God, heaven come to earth, and it is with that sentiment in mind that we wish to take this opportunity to wish you a very joyous and blessed Christmas-time. We trust this Christmas will be a time of reflection, thanksgiving and prayer for our needy communities and the world. We would like to express our thanks to you for journeying with us this past year, which has been a significant one of development for the jusTice initiative.
Praise points for 2012:-
1. Validation of the new Justice MA by University of Gloucestershire in April
2. Commencing this September, we have 5 students on the Justice MA, with a further 3 to join in January. Good interest has already been expressed for the next academic year, 2013-2014
3. An excellent inaugural justice and mission lecture by Joel Edwards last month
Here is an update on activities and related events involving jusTice, since our last edition in September, for your interest and prayers:-
1. Inaugural justice and mission public lecture – Joel Edwards, 13th November 2012
Joel Edwards delivered an excellent inaugural public lecture on justice and mission at Redcliffe College on Tuesday, 13th November. You can download a free copy of the transcript of his talk on the web link under praise point 3 above. The evening also featured a short presentation by us on the initiative. Do check out the Jesus Agenda, (details on Micah Challenge Int. website), which Joel shared with us.
2. Encounters journal – October 2012 edition 42
The October edition of Encounters (Redcliffe’s online journal) focused on the topic of Water and included the talks given at the JRI Environment Day conference earlier in the year, together with a couple of other contributions.
3. Carnival Kingdom – biblical justice for global communities
We are delighted with the progress made on the new book, which Carol and I have edited and contributed to, along with Jonathan Ingleby (former head of Mission at Redcliffe) and Marijke Hoek (Forum for Change – Evangelical Alliance). We anticipate the book will be published and available for purchase in February 2013. Free downloads of the chapters that Carol and I have written are available on our website at http://www.justice-initiative.com/writing/ . The book is a collection of essays by contributors from different parts of the world and is aimed at the interested, thoughtful reader, rather than being too academic. If anyone would like to do a book review let us know!
4. India training programme – Bangalore, January 5th-13th, 2013
We are busily preparing for the intensive training course we are delivering in collaboration with International Justice Mission, in Bangalore in a few weeks’ time. Please pray for energy and space to complete our preparations before the Christmas break.
5. New website
Last month saw the launch of our new website. We are new hands at this and so the site is still in its infancy, but do check it out and download any articles that are of interest to you. If you have suggestions on how it might best serve as a resource, feel free to comment!
6. Other news
- January sees commencement of the first Justice MA module (MA14 – Just Mission: justice issues in intercultural context), and the second specialist module on ‘Advocacy and Reconciliation’ (MAJ1) starts in May 2013. We are delighted that Canon David Porter from the Cross of Nails ministry at Coventry Cathedral will be teaching on this, together with input from Christian Aid and Micah Challenge
- We will shortly be hosting a follow-up consultation (to our initial one in May 2011) with key personnel from some of the justice-related organisations that have been journeying with us so far. We will be meeting with Christian Aid, IJM, Lawyer’s Christian Fellowship, Latin Link, Micah Challenge International and CARE, along with Redcliffe Leadership at CARE’s offices in London on the 29th January
- July 2013 sees us host a conference with Christian Aid – this promises to be a fascinating event; more details will follow in the Spring
- The next Environment Day conference is set for 2nd March 2013, on the topic of GM foods. It’s not too early to book!
- A post for a scholar in residence at Redcliffe could be available for next academic year, 2013-2014 – if you know of anyone interested, particularly from the Global South, then please encourage them to contact us
- The new academic year saw a new budget set. Please pray that we will be able to secure the funding needed to continue to develop the initiative. If you would like more information on the financial needs of the initiative, or would like to give, please let us know
Thank you for your on-going prayers, interest and support.
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