Faith In Action Advocate

Faith in Action Advocate - Robert Ogden 

The Forum relates closely to the URC Secretary for Faith in Action and the Joint Public Issues Team and it includes the Synod advocates for Commitment for Life and Racial Justice in its active membership. It seeks to present matters of concern to the formal meetings of the Synod and give links to websites which can provide further information.

Through those with specific knowledge, we seek to keep well informed on local issues, such as farming and rural life, asylum seekers, Post Office closure, criminal justice and support of prisoners, poverty and homelessness, and on wider issues of justice, fair trade, development and support for those on the margins of society as well as climate change and the ecology.

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Faith In Action - Who We Are!

Who we are!

Faith in Action (Advocacy/Convenor) Robert Ogden

We are a group with the intention of promoting, initiating and monitoring key elements of faith in action through discipleship. The areas that are included in its scope are headlined through our development plan and come under the following headings:-

  • Communicating the message
  • Fact finding and information gathering
  • Disability Issues
  • Racial Justice (Advocacy- currently vacant)
  • Inter faith (Advocacy) Robert Ogden
  • Immigration and Sanctuary
  • Rural Affairs (Advocacy- currently vacant)
  • Living Faith in Action. Walking the Way, Commitment for Life (Advocacy) Wendy Cooper
  • Response to poverty: Global and National Emergencies
  • Homelessness
  • Responding to alcohol, drugs and addiction
  • Chaplaincy to the workplace, to sport and to general clubs
  • Domestic violence
  • Mental Health and Well-being
  • Green issues (Advocacy) Jeremy Flack
  • Global Concerns (Synod Officer) Lindsey Brown
  • Training Needs to enable compliance (Synod Training Officer) Lindsey Brown
  • Contribution to the Big Day Out Event (Synod Co-ordinating Officer is the lead)

There are many interlinks with other groups and committees within the Synod structure and this cross referencing and monitoring is a vital aspect. Our brief may appear to be broad and therefore some prioritising of our work is needed, hence the three year Development Plan which runs until 2023.

The group meets quarterly, usually in the central location of Cambridge although we have now begun to meet via zoom.

Our members are:-

Robert Ogden : Convenor email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ann Barton: Secretary/Note taker
Lindsey Brown: Synod Officer
Eirwen Karner
Wendy Cooper
Jeremy Flack
Pamela Cressey
David Tatem
Chris Wright
Robert Elbourn
Christopher Wright

Please do contact us for information, referencing and support.

Faith in Action Resources

Faith in Foodbanks
Churches challenge food poverty with latest resource on foodbanksfaith-in-foodoodbanks-logo 2

The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and Church Action on Poverty have produced a three-part resource for churches about the growing food poverty crisis. "Faith in Foodbanks?" recognises the ministry of many churches helping people who cannot afford to eat, looks at why there has been such a growth in foodbanks, and suggests ways churches can take action to tackle the underlying causes. It offers worship and bible resources to help Christians to reflect on food and poverty in Britain today.

Website: Joint Public Issues Team - UK Faith In Food Banks

View:  Full Press Release Here

Local Authority Housing Options services. Managing the effects of housing benefit change.

Website: National Homelessness  Advice Service 

JPIT Newsletters


The joint public issues newsletter of The Baptist Union of Great Britain, The Methodist Church, The United Reformed Church and The Church of Scotland.

If you would like to publicise an event or project, please get in touch if you have any questions or comments. We would love to support your church and community groups in any way we can. 

Hannah and Roo - JPIT Newsletter Editors - Website: Joint Public Issues
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JPIT  Newsletters

JPIT Newsletter April 2019

Faith In Action useful links

Faith In Action useful website links  

Website: The Arthur Rank Centre 

For 40 years the Arthur Rank Centre has served both the spiritual and practical needs of the rural Christian community through a programme of community and social projects, resourcing and training. The Centre is not just a building but an enduring symbol of faith in the countryside. Its mission: to resource rural churches of all denominations, to develop greater understanding between rural and urban communities and between different faith groups.

Website: Christian Aid

Christian Aid and its partners are working to bring an end to poverty around the world - tackling its root causes as well as its effects.

Website: Church Action on Poverty

Church Action on Poverty is a national campaigning body, but also runs grassroots projects in local communities.

Website: Operation NOAH

A Christian organisation which provides leadership, focus and inspiration in response to the growing threat of catastrophic climate change endangering God’s creation.

Website: Housing Justice

Housing Justice is the national voice of Christian action in the field of housing and homelessness. We exist because we believe that human dignity is challenged by the lack of decent housing.

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