Politics in the Pulpit is JPIT’s lectionary-based weekly preaching resource.
We ask how the justice issues present in the Bible spur us to be good news in the world today. Each week, we welcome a different guest, discussing the political dimensions present in the Bible readings explored by many churches the following Sunday, and reflecting on how they connect with the week’s current news and our calling to be justice seekers.
Episodes are released on Tuesday mornings. Discussions focus on some of the passages listed in the Revised Common Lectionary, but our exploration of current issues will be also be of interest for preachers who aren’t following the lectionary.
Our Host – Revd Jacky Embrey
Jacky is a newly retired URC minister, just arrived in Kendal from Bolton. She has served the URC as Moderator in Mersey Synod, as a partnership minister in Bolton and Salford, and in Birmingham as Area Minister, and minister in five very different churches.
Episode 111: with Bishop Olivia Graham for Sunday 18 February
On this week’s episode of Politics in the Pulpit, Jacky is chatting to Bishop Olivia Graham.
Olivia began her career in teaching and international development, including a period working for Oxfam in Somalia. She was ordained in 1997 serving in Garsington, Princes Risborough, and Burnham in the Diocese of Oxford, before becoming a Parish Development Advisor, and then the Archdeacon. In 2019 Olivia became Bishop of Reading. She is passionate about social justice and the interface the Church has with the wider world. Her priorities include the climate crisis and the challenges facing young people, in particular the scourge of knife crime. She is one of three bishops who lead the national Church of England work on the environment, and she chairs the diocesan environment work. Olivia is married to Keith, and the couple have three grown-up children.
Jacky and Bishop Olivia discuss preaching on the lectionary readings for Sunday 18th February:
Genesis 9: 8-17
1 Peter 3: 18-22
Mark 1: 9-15
Psalm 25: 1-10
‘Politics in the Pulpit’ is JPIT’s weekly lectionary resource, helping to equip preachers, ministers and worship leaders to unpack justice and peace issues in the pulpit. You can join in the conversation on Twitter/X at @publicissues or using #PoliticsInThePulpit, or on our Facebook community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1001084297426200