Together for the Common Good newsletter October 2013
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Hello again from Together for the Common Good.
The latest discussion on the T4CG Blog is about the merits of Anglican and Catholic priests working in partnership - Simon Evans suggests that for the sake of our communities, collaboration should now be the normative way for the churches to speak and act. Meanwhile Sr Maura O'Carroll SND observes poor government and having seen many administrations come and go, poses questions to those currently in office, challenging them to answer with facts, not opinions. Click here to join the discussion.
We've been busy collecting material into the website to share with you - in Opinion pieces, John Ellison speaks from his experience in Citizens Advice Bureaux and the St Vincent de Paul Society about Spirituality and micro-credit, saying real spirituality requires being attentive to the reality of people’s lives, where today that can be a vicious circle of insufficient income and spiralling debt. Don't miss On God's Side: For the Common Good where the American public theologian Jim Wallis says cynicism cannot be our response to failed politics. Instead, we must go deeper and reclaim a very ancient idea whose time has urgently come: the common good.
You'll find more in our Resources pages - in Further reading/Related reports & research have a look for links to two extraordinary Interviews with Pope Francis, essential reading for all who care about the common good, no matter what your faith tradition. We are grateful to Dr Eliza Filby for sharing (as she promised during the conference) a download of her article on 'Faith, Charity and Citizenship: Christianity and Voluntarism.'
In Further reading/Suggested titles we recommend a new edition of Faith in Dark Places by David Rhodes, who says the answers in the struggle for justice are to be found where we least expect them: among the homeless and the poor.
In our Catholic Social Thought section you will find an excellent video of Dr Anna Rowlands explaining how Catholic Social Teaching informs the thinking behind the The Living Wage, the purpose of politics and the relationships in our working lives.
Since the conference we are frequently being asked 'what are you going to do next?' The answer to this is our research process is ongoing until the end of the year and preparations have begun on the publication that has always been part of our plan. Beyond this, we are digesting several ideas that came out of the T4CG Conference and consulting on what next steps could be feasible, considering we are working pro bono and with limited resources. Whatever we decide to do next will need to be funded so if you can offer any assistance in this area we'd be glad of suggestions.
If you missed the T4CG Conference, we've done all the hard work for you so you can watch every session on video and download any speech - do have a look if you haven't yet, it's a rich resource with important contributions by Lord Glasman, Frank Field, Phillip Blond, Bishop David Hamid, Archbishop Bernard Longley, Dame Mary Tanner, Dr Anna Rowlands, Dr Eliza Filby and many more.
We are always pleased to hear from you, so don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like to contribute - after all, we're working Together for the Common Good.
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