A range of Anglican churches in England have come together to create ‘Justice Mail’, a new website being launched on Advent Sunday (30 November 2008) as a way of helping busy people who would like to be more active on social justice issues but do not have the time to find out exactly what to do.
The originators stress that this is not an Anglican-only or Christian-only venture, but is open to all. It provides quick contacts and actions for those whose shopping list involves making a difference in the world, not just more and more consumer goods.
Justice Mail (www.justicemail.co.uk) maintains a number of email lists, and people on them are sent action information every week or two. This consists of a brief explanation and a link, which takes you to a message or letter being recommended by one of the great campaigning organisations.
These will include Christian Aid, Church Action on Poverty, the Jubilee Debt Campaign, and many others. All readers have to do is click the link, bring up the recommended message and send it. "You don’t have to respond to every suggestion; you are free to make your own choice," say the organisers.
Justice Mail has three branches - in Birmingham, Leicester and in Great Cornard near Sudbury in Suffolk. Religious Education specialist Professor John Hull, one of the founders of Justice Mail, says: "Our aims are clear: change the church and save the world! We want to change the culture of local churches so that participation in social justice on behalf of Christian faith becomes more widely accepted as a normal aspect of church life."
John Andrews of the Church of the Martyrs in Leicester adds: "Justice Mail is not confined to Anglicans, or even Christians. Anybody with a commitment to a fairer world can join, and it’s free!"
The Rev Jamie Allen of St Andrews in Great Cornard is managing the new website. He explained: "This is a great way to develop congregational life along the lines of the church’s mission in the world. I hope many more churches will join us’.
Further information contact: Jamie Allen - firstname.lastname@example.org