Good things to share with you
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We hope Easter was a time of refreshment and new beginnings for you and your family.
We are continuing to encourage people to work together for the Common Good. We have plans for this year including facilitating Common Good Conversations between people across estranged positions in a range of settings, not least in Parliament. We are liaising with other Common Good initiatives, continuing our preparations for our book of essays from different faith traditions about the Common Good and writing up our 12 month research on collaborative working for social justice. If you’d like to read more about us click here.
We are very grateful for support so far this year from CCLA, Church Urban Fund and Christians in Parliament which is enabling us to make some progress. We would like to do more and are setting up as a small charity: if you would like to help us too, please get in touch.
We have some good things to share with you.
(i) We’d like to recommend this conference, Power to People - the New Politics of the Common Good, at King's College London on July 11-12. It’s not an initiative of ours, but we are working with some of those involved and fully support it. We hope to see you there! Participants include Jon Cruddas, Jane Wills, Rory Stewart, Maurice Glasman and Ferdinand Mount. Register here.
(ii) Missio Dei? Evangelicalism and the New Politics: This conference marks a shift in evangelical thinking. It's organised by Dr Chris Baker and is at the University of Chester, 12 June.
(iii) Want to understand more about Pope Francis? You will like this study day at Heythrop College on 12 June: Evangelii Gaudium- a new beginning?
(iv) The All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty in Britain, led by Frank Field and the Bishop of Truro is now calling for evidence - can you contribute? Click here http://bit.ly/1pHTzAW
Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Vincent in their first interview together speak eloquently about the Common Good. They are consciously acting together, with echoes of the Sheppard Worlock partnership. We celebrate this, the leadership we hoped for – however they need our help: we must all do our bit from the ground up - what are you going to do? Better Together has never been more relevant.
(i) The City and the Common Good (a 5 minute video), came out of a series of events at St Paul’s Cathedral last year which were sponsored by CCLA (who are supporting the preparations for our forthcoming book). Click here https://vimeo.com/86508744 and use the password ‘matter2014’ to gain access to the film. They would like your feedback: please write to Andrew.Robinson@ccla.co.uk
(ii) The legendary Jean Vanier of L’Arche came to London to give a talk in January. We arranged for him to be filmed. Watch him speak about ‘humility and humiliation’ here (there are three parts to the talk).
We are honoured to showcase new articles in our growing collection of Opinion Pieces by two eminent thinkers.
(i) Stanley Hauerwas writes about charity in a world of capitalism in a major article, ‘How to Remember the Poor’ and suspects that rich Christians 'prefer to do for the poor rather than be with the poor because the poor scare the hell out of us'...
(ii) Meanwhile, Stefano Zamagni reminds us of Pope Benedict’s view that neither the liberal-individualist nor the state-centred visions will solve our problems, and instead we need to restore the Common Good...
We hope your own work is going well. We are always pleased to hear from you, so don't hesitate to get in touch - after all, we're working Together for the Common Good.
Every best wish,
Together for the Common Good