Community and Justice Network (CJN)
‘Transforming Communities‘ forms an important part of our ‘Living God’s Love’ strategy. The Community and Justice Network (CJN) supports initiatives and projects seeking to make known God’s love and His Kingdom values, among people in local communities across our diocese.
CJN Support Fund
This Fund is set aside to support new Projects, Action or Initiatives that directly seek to address issues of local concern and need. Each year, grants from the CJN Support Fund can be awarded to help start-up new work of a ‘social responsibility / justice’ nature – to apply, please use this CJN Support Application Form
- How much is a CJN Support Grant? Typically, between £200 and £600 (full details of the project/action are requested on the application form, and there is some discretion to approve a higher amount, if appropriate)
- Who can apply?
- Parish Churches
- Local Charities
- Community Groups
Below are the approved 2019 CJN Support Grants
- Day Conference on Mental Health Awareness, – 19 October 2019 – this new Session, open to all, is a follow-up to the ‘Welcome & Inclusion Training Day’ held last autumn, in which our welcome in church to people who live with mental ill-health, was explored.
- #Beating-Knives – involving the churches across Luton Deanery, this initiative seeks to educate and engage with people in that area, to help tackle the problem of serious violence.
‘Social Responsibility’ – Opportunities & Events:
Rural parishes may be interested in this exciting new Leadership Programme – running October 2019 – May 2021 – offered by Germinate:
Community Organising Training Day in Luton – Thursday 26th September 2019 9am – 5pm
A day for those who want to understand the method of broad-based community organising and apply the practical skills of community leadership to take action for social justice in their locality. This training day will equip you to turn your learning into action that makes a difference at a local level. At Youthscape, Luton LU1 2EY – ticket price: £70.66. Further details and booking at: Community Organising 26-09-2019
Luton Christians and other community leaders were joined by Shane Claiborne and Red Letter Christians UK on Tuesday 18th June 2019. It is hoped that Red Letter Christians UK can become a Spirit-led force for connecting and empowering voices for Jesus in the UK. There were three parts to the day:
- A morning seminar at St Luke’s Church, Leagrave, to encourage and connect Christian leaders passionate about Jesus and justice.
- A public act of witness and peace-vigil in Luton Town Centre 2 – 3pm, showing commitment to developing cultures of peace, especially addressing deprivation and serious youth violence.
- An evening meeting at St Mary’s Church Luton – for a new generation of change-makers.