Each of our denominations regards social justice as critically important to our Christian mission. Jesus calls disciples towards a world where God’s values overturn the power structures that often dominate society. In God’s world, the poor, the lost and the marginalised find their rightful place in a society of equals – all people are children of God and brothers and sisters to one another.

We seek therefore to present a Christian challenge to civic and national authorities over policies that disproportionately harm the poorest in Yorkshire’s villages, towns and cities. We also seek to highlight those inequalities that adversely affect Yorkshire compared with more affluent parts of the United Kingdom.

Prayer and Bible study sustain the Church’s prophetic voice around public issues, so we endeavour to identify and make available resources that may be used in worship and for small group work.

Ecumenical partnership is a vital component in our work. We believe that our voice as Christians is stronger when we agree and speak together. While three denominations coordinate our work regionally, we are keen to encourage and support local JPIT groups that draw together the experience and expertise of all Christians who have an interest in public issues.

We are also interested to learn from Christian projects in Yorkshire which actively and compassionately engage with the needs of their community. Listening to people’s stories, is often the best way to understand the real-life problems that affect them. Practical help for those in need builds relationships that shape what we say in the public arena.