'Faith in Politics' podcast launched

By Agencies
January 31, 2018

Faith in Politics, a new podcast series which features guests discussing topics from current affairs that link in with faith, has been launched by the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT).

JPIT is a joint venture of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland. The team works on issues of justice and inequality by influencing those in power and energising local congregations.

 

The podcast was created by Helen Byrne and Rachel Allison who are working for the church as Parliamentary interns and are both avid podcast listeners They will present each monthly episode which will feature lively discussions from the world of politics from a faith viewpoint, interviews and a ‘musing slot’, inspired by Thought for the Day. It is planned to cover topics such as poverty, inequality, peace-making and the environment.

  
Those taking part are people who are living out a faith of some kind in public and political life. Some of the guests who will feature include the Co-Leader of the Green Party, Jonathan Bartley, Labour politicians Stephen Timms and Alan Milburn, and the Conservative politician and member of the House of Lords, Sayeeda Warsi.

      

Faith in Politics is aimed at JPIT's existing supporters and activists but will also appeal to a younger audience thanks to increased engagement with current affairs and politics, and the accessibility of social media and podcasts.

       

Helen Bryne explains: “Christians have a civic duty to engage with the world around them, because our Lord is a God of justice and whether we like it or not, faith in its many manifestations shape our political landscape.”

* Each 30-minute podcast will be released on the last Thursday of every month and can be downloaded from http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/podcast. You can also subscribe to it from Google Play for Android devices and iTunes or Podcast for Apple devices.

* Methodist Church in Britain http://www.methodist.org.uk/

* JPIT http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/

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