Justin Welby, is supporting British Unions in calling for economic justice – and sees that local organising, solidarity and personal involvement can make a difference.
He is calling out places where “the profit motive leads to the weakest being given the most risk and the strongest the most protection”. Unions, he says, stand to offer hope to the vulnerable and the weak.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has been speaking at the TUC’s Congress, which also marks the TUC’s 150th Anniversary.
The Archbishop says that he is heartened by Mary’s song in Luke’s Gospel, which describes a God who ‘has brought down the mighty from their thrones’. The truth is that power and influence are not zero-sum games: “when we seek the common good all benefit”.
He cites the gig economy and zero-hour contracts as examples of economic practice that have the potential to be ‘an ancient evil’. “Not paying taxes speaks of an absence of commitment to our shared humanity.” In UK society today, he sees ‘oppression of minorities, division, instability and economic injustice marching together’.
People of justice must be present in workplaces and industries. People bring affection, relationship, and conversation: it needs more than on-line campaigns and social media networks. “There must be unions in the gig economy.. there must be unions in industries being automated..”
To make a difference we need a partnership between government, civil society, churches, and businesses.
Justin Welby’s full speech is available here.
The IPPR Commission on Economic Justice is available here
Our Summer 2018 WorkPlace People magazine tells some stories of what it can be like to be on the receiving end of ‘precarious employment’: “unfair.. pressured.. anxiety..”.
In parallel, Peter Heslam retells the story of the vineyard workers (Matt 20:1-16). Today, where is generosity to society’s most vulnerable workers? “The last shall be first and the first shall be last”..
WorkPlace People Summer 2018
Vacancy with Mission in the Economy (MitE) Merseyside:
Director of Operations (Full Time 35 hours p.w.) Initially a 3 year Contract Salary: £28,500
Closing date for applicatations: 10 August
More information here
MitE is an Ecumenical charitable company which works alongside local businesses, churches of all denominations, town & city councils to provide chaplaincy services and work & wellbeing resources to business public and voluntary communities around the North West.
This post is open to all, lay or ordained, who are able to support the Charity’s objects which include the promotion of “the application of Christian principles within the economy and their appreciation by Christians and non-Christians and thus foster the developments of a healthy economy by encouraging best practice and influencing public opinion in favour of gospel values.”
The Director of Operations leads the established Ecumenical Chaplaincy Team and develops their theological understanding of the effects of the regional economy, and communicate this to Churches and faith groups through training and study events.
The Mission in the Economy office base is in Liverpool city centre with satellite groups in St Helens and Warrington.
BIRA – British Independent Retailers Association www.bira.co.uk – has launched a survey to gather evidence about our use and need for our High Street shops: Their HealthoftheHighStreet survey is at http://bit.ly/healthofthehighstreet
75% of UK shops are small independent retailers: although their difficulties may not get the publicity of large chain store closures, their loss is felt by local people.
Media experts say that retailing is in the middle of a ‘revolution’; that our High Streets are in ‘intensive care’. Yet retailing/wholesaling is still a larger contributor to national GDP than banking, and employs over 4 million people.
Alan Hawkins, CEO of BIRA , was speaking at WCM UK National conference. Can revolution become positive evolution through careful policy action and careful support?
The new GDPR Data Protection rules come into play from 25 May 2018.
The General Data Protection Regulation marks a shake up to data protection legislation and addresses the advances in the electronic world since the Data Protection Act came into force in the UK. Although the main principles will remain the same, GDPR will totally repeal the DPA and enhances the protections.
At the heart of GDPR is the ethos of ‘Privacy by Design’ which in itself will entail maintaining records of personal data and processing activities and obtaining explicit consent to process data in many more cases.
Data protection and an individual’s privacy is to be at the core of all new data processing activities. The new Regulations make ‘transparency’ and ‘accountability’ key principles and the punishments for breaching the regulations have been considerably increased.
WCM UK has issued general guidance to its members about the new regulations and actions to take. Available here.
Further advice about GDPR for church organisations is available from the Church of England and the Methodist Church
WCM UK will be voting on a new constitution for the charity and electing new Trustees at its Annual General Meeting on 25 June at 8:15pm.
The meeting agenda includes a report and accounts for 2017, and vote on a new constitution, which finalises the change of name of the charity to ‘Workplace Chaplaincy Mission UK’.
The new constitution is available here. The existing constitution (from 2006) is available here
People seeking election as new Trustees are Matthew Reed (Methodist Chaplaincy Development Officer) and Fiona Stewart-Darling (Canary Wharf Chaplaincy). Trustees seeking re-election are: Peter Sellick (Churches and Industry Group Birmingham-Solihull), Dick Johnson (Faith at Work Worcestershire), Phillip Jones (Stoke on Trent), Olwen Smith (Chaplaincy for Banbury) and Angela Overton-Benge (Cumbria).
Since this is a re-scheduled AGM, if there is not the required quorum, then the AGM can proceed with the actual number of members present.
REFRESHING CHAPLAINCY: CHANGING ECONOMY
Limited number of places left at our National Workplace Chaplaincy Mission UK Conference 2018. BOOK NOW.
Monday 25 June 1pm – Tuesday 26 June 2pm
The Hayes Conference Centre Swanwick, Derbyshire DE55 1AU
Warren Evans – CEO Sports Chaplaincy UK
Alan Hawkins – CEO BIRA
Manager – Marks and Spencer
Workshops, worship and sharing together.
TEAM LEADER RETAIL CHAPLAINCY
The Canary Wharf Multifaith Chaplaincy is seeking applications for a new and exciting post as Team Leader of the Retail Chaplaincy team.
We are looking for someone to join this unique Multifaith Chaplaincy team working on the Canary Wharf Estate, who will recruit, train and manage a team of volunteers to provide friendly support and care, through regular visiting.
There are five retail malls on the Canary Wharf Estate, with over 300 shops, cafes and restaurants making it the fourth largest shopping destination within the M25 after Brent Cross.
The post is for 3 days a week. The successful candidate must have a minimum of three years’ chaplaincy experience, and be self-motivated. The salary is £39,200 pro rata.
Job Description and Information here.
Further information please contact: Jane Tappenden, Office Manager Canary Wharf Multifaith Chaplaincy, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7418 2444.
If you would like to discuss the post with the Lead Chaplain, please let Jane know and she will organise a time for this.
Closing date: Friday 16th March 2018
Reflective Weekend for Christians in Secular Ministry Feb 23-25
CHRISM – CHRistians In Secular Ministry – are organising a weekend of peace and reflection at Holland House, near Evesham. For Members and Non-members of CHRISM.
Tent-pitching God : Tent-dwelling people
Exploring Exodus and John’s Gospel
led by Revd. Dr. Rosalind Selby,
URC Minister and Principal of the Northern College, Manchester.
Booking Information available here
Workplace Chaplaincy Mission UK will be holding its 2018 National Conference 25-26 June.
A chance for workplace chaplains to refresh themselves as members of God’s team of ‘change-makers’ in the Economy.
Coming together to learn to how to use Chaplaincy as a Refreshment itself for workers going through change.
In a Brexit UK, work is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Workplace Chaplains can help!