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why a particular service and Day of Prayer for the Media actually matter

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A particular on-line service celebrating the function of Christians who work in and with the media has been introduced for 21 October. Ten days later, church buildings and Christians are being inspired to participate in a Day of Prayer for the Media.

Each occasions are of key significance for Christians involved about integrity in society, and the function a thriving media can play in talking fact to energy.

The service and Day of Prayer come because the very important function of the media was underlined by this yr’s Nobel Prize for Peace being awarded to campaigning journalists Dmitry Muratov of Russia, and Maria Ressa of the Philippines. The Nobel Prize judges mentioned: “Free, unbiased and fact-based journalism serves to guard towards abuse of energy, lies and warfare propaganda.”

The judges’ phrases resonate with the theme of the particular on-line service – ‘Integrity: Telling the Fact’ – organised by Christians in Media, a UK-based community bringing collectively Christians who work in and with media in all its types.

Tim Pemberton, Head of Faith and Ethics for the BBC’s audio output, would be the service’s fundamental speaker. Others participating embody Tim Levell, programme director of Instances Radio; Warren Nettleford of ITV Information; Lucy Denyer, of The Telegraph; and BBC broadcaster Sandra Godley. Worship can be led by Andy Smith. The service is open to anyone who needs to participate on-line.

Will probably be hosted by comic Paul Kerensa, and embody interviews with younger individuals on the pioneering Christians in Media mentoring scheme.

On thirty first October, the community is inviting Christians to assist its annual Day of Prayer for the Media.

Steve Cox, who chairs Christians in Media, is encouraging church buildings to wish for “their native, regional, nationwide, and social media; these of their congregations who work in, and with, media to be salt and lightweight on this essential space of public life; for youthful Christians to contemplate coming into media to assist form the media panorama and content material; and for all Christians working in, and with, media to be Fact Tellers.”

As a part of the assets for the day, this is a prayer I wrote for the media – each for individuals who work in it, and people who learn, pay attention or watch their output:

Creator God, your Son advised his disciples that the Fact would set them free.
Assist us to hunt after Fact in all we do.
As communicators, might we pursue Fact with diligence and keenness.
As readers, listeners and viewers, might we discern Fact from falsehood, and at all times search the great of others.
As followers of Christ, might we develop extra into His likeness, who’s the Method, the Fact and the Life.
Within the Identify of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Rev Peter Crumpler is a former Director of Communications with the Church of England, and the writer of Responding to Post-truth (Grove Books).

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