Getting Beyond Left and Right
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Left and Right are talking about the Common Good – but what does it mean?
As the UK gears up to 7 May - and in particular in Holy Week - how can we go beyond the constraints of party political tribalism to do what is needed for true human flourishing? As Pope Francis said on Palm Sunday, Jesus takes the path of humility, indeed humiliation, to walk with his people. Whatever our politics, rather than take pride in being right, we need to cultivate a humility if we are to reach across our differences.
The new T4CG book and accompanying Study Guide plus our two pre-election public debates aim to bring together widely differing political affiliations and faith traditions to deepen the quality of the national conversation on the common good. Details below...
“This is a remarkable book, and should be read by all those interested in human rights, justice and politics in a secular and multi-cultural society. To work towards the common good is to work for peace.” Jean Vanier
We are delighted the book is now available. This major collection of thirteen essays brings together some of the leading thinkers from across different political persuasions, Christian denominations, Jewish, Muslim and secular traditions. The contributors call for a national conversation about how different interests can work together for the common good.
Contributors: Lord Maurice Glasman, Clifford Longley, Lord Brian Griffiths, Dr Jon Wilson, Tehmina Kazi, Dr Jonathan Chaplin, Professor Andrew Bradstock, Dr Anna Rowlands, Professor Esther Reed, Dr Patrick Riordan SJ, Phillip Booth, Sam Burgess and Revd Dr Malcolm Brown. More details here...
With a Foreword by Rabbi Julia Neuberger DBE, it's co-edited by Nicholas Sagovsky and Peter McGrail, founder members of the T4CG Steering Group.
The T4CG book aims to be a conversation opener to inform and inspire a deeper quality of discussion about the common good. Why not read and discuss it together with a group of people across different traditions? A four page Study Guide for groups or individuals accompanies the book, written for us by Revd Dr Angus Ritchie, Director of the Centre for Theology and Community. The Study Guide is free to download from our website, where you'll also find ideas for promoting a conversation in your area.
T4CG has been invited to co-produce two major pre-election debates in London on Monday 13 April at St Martin-in-the-Fields and on Wednesday 29 April at St Paul's Cathedral. Please join us if you can and take part. If you're elsewhere, you can join the discussion on Twitter at @T4CG. We've been asked to advise on other common good related events in other parts of the country too. If you want to plan an event, do get in touch to see if we can help - we are happy to advise, promote or partner if we can.
On 13 April, T4CG collaborates with St Martin-in-the-Fields to present Towards a Politics for the Common Good, a cross party debate with parliamentarians David Lammy, Dominic Grieve, Stephen Timms, Sarah Teather and Alistair Burt. The panellists will respond to theological input from Anna Rowlands and Sam Wells followed by an open floor Q+A debate, chaired by Nicholas Sagovsky. Please come and take part. Entrance is free and open to all.
On 29 April, T4CG, Theos and St Paul's Institute are putting on Beyond the Election: Power, Money, Government and Responsibility, under the dome of St Paul's. Panellists Professor Craig Calhoun (LSE), Shami Chakrabarti CBE (Liberty), Conor Kehoe (McKinsey) and Loretta Minghella OBE (Christian Aid) will speak, followed by an interactive open floor Q+A and debate, chaired by Angus Ritchie. Free and open to all but pre-booking essential. We hope you will join us.
Related Events and Resources
- Wednesday 15 April The Politics of the Common Good: What does Catholic Social Teaching have to contribute to electoral politics? Lecture by Dr Anna Rowlands. Manchester. Contact Chris Quirke, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 0161 941 1707.
- Saturday 18 April Quaker Spring Gathering,, Northampton, Making Quakers Citizen Journalists. Hands-on day with practical tools and techniques led by Patrick Chalmers and Judy Kirby.
- Tuesday 21 April Paying for Society (on economy, equality and social justice) organised by QuakerVote at Friends House, London.
We hope you find this newsletter helpful. Feel free to harvest material from our previous newsletters too. We're always open to suggestions so don't hesitate to get in touch - after all, we're working Together for the Common Good.
Warmest wishes for Easter,
Together for the Common Good
Together for the Common Good is guided by a Steering Group: Patrick Coldstream, Andrew Bradstock, Alison Gelder, Peter McGrail, Joanna Moriarty, Maria Power, Hilary Russell, Richard Holman, Nicholas Sagovsky, Jenny Sinclair, Ali Lyon. We consult with a wider group of advisors. Enquiries to: email@example.com
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