Changing the Church and saving the world
In 2004 the All Saints Social Justice
Group, which is a sub-committee of the Parish Council, began to build up a list
of email addresses of members of the congregation who were interested in taking
actions on some of the great social justice issues of our day. Gradually the
list grew until it had more than thirty email addresses. Members of the SJAG
then combed through the websites of organisations like Christian
Aid and Oxfam, selected one of the campaigns currently being
advocated, and sent the link to people on the list. Members of the list would receive the message
and enter the link, which would take them to a message which could be sent to
their Member of Parliament, a business corporation or some other responsible
person with the power to bring about change.
About that time we discovered that an Anglican church in
Leicester had hit upon the same idea. Representatives of
the two churches, All Saints in Kings Heath and the Church of the Martyrs in Leicester, got together and agreed to form a sort of
alliance. We called it “Justice Mail”. We decided to help busy people who
wanted to change the world but did not have the time to work out what to do. As
the work became better known, both churches received requests from other parts
of the country to join the lists.
A new Church movement is born
Gradually new lists were formed in new congregations. A list was started for ministerial students in the Queen’s Foundation in Edgbaston. A constitution for Justice Mail was drawn up and adopted in 2010. By now, Justice Mail was being used by several hundreds of people, and an impact was being made both upon the culture of those local congregations and upon the campaign issue.
Now Justice Mail has its own website. If you go to www.justicemail.org.uk you will find it. The St Peter’s Saltley Trust in
met the costs of its development. On the website you will find details of all
the existing member churches, some clear advice about how to start a list of
your own in a new church, details about how the organisation works and a page
of inspiring comments made by leading theologians. Justice Mail now supports
more than twenty leading British campaigning organisations, such as Amnesty
International, Church Birmingham Action on
Poverty, the Refugee Council and the Jubilee Debt Campaign. There is a full
list of them on the website.
Would you like to join us?
Justice Mail is free. There are no charges. The list managers give their time and skill without charge. If you join Justice Mail you will become familiar with many of the great issues of social justice in
world today. You can turn your Christian faith into Christian action for the Britain . If you are reading this but not
connected with All Saints Church Kings Heath, you might like to start your own
Justice Mail list. Whether you are connected with All Saints Kings Heath or
not, and you would like to take part in this exciting work, send an email
message to Kingdom of God Michael Cross, who
manages the All Saints list. His address is firstname.lastname@example.org And don’t forget to recommend the Justice
Mail website to your friends.