WHO WE ARE
Together for the Common Good is a movement bringing the principle of the Common Good alive and encouraging people to work together across their differences. We are ecumenical, non partisan, and independent of any institution or religious denomination.
Together for the Common Good is served by a small charity (registration number 1172113) and was founded in 2011 by our Director Jenny Sinclair. Our board of trustees includes: Richard Holman (Treasurer), Andrew Bradstock, Hilary Russell, Alison Gelder, Helen O’Brien, Geoff Knott and Holly Terry (Company Secretary). Our Training and Events Coordinator is Bryony Wells. We consult with an informal Circle of Advisers. At any one time we have up to twenty Associates contributing to our projects, and a handful of supporters help in voluntary roles. More detail including biographies will be posted here soon.
Who we help
Our country is going through turbulent times, with increasing polarisation, social fragmentation, and too many communities left behind. People across the churches are well placed to be part of the solution and strengthen civil society - in community, the workplace, in relationships, in business and in numerous other ways. Many are already making a significant contribution but our experience shows there is far greater potential. We believe that by strengthening their capacity with Common Good Thinking, the likelihood of social transformation is greatly increased.
So far, we know our work helps the following groups put the Common Good into practice: lay people, clergy and religious from across the Christian traditions, including teachers, volunteers, students, parishioners, social entrepreneurs, social action practitioners, policy makers, CEOs and community leaders, MPs, peers, theologians and friends from fellow faith communities and non-religious organisations.
We aim to strengthen civil society in the following ways:
Engage intentionally in an ecumenical context and with a collaborative and relational approach, rooted in the Sheppard/Worlock tradition with its proven impact on communities and society
Build civic capacity through the people of the church by influencing, resourcing and equipping those who can make a positive impact through their work in, for example, churches, communities, education, business, civil society or public service
Encourage, support and assist people and organisations to be effective in their own common good initiatives which are within T4CG fields of action and within T4CG ethos
Build strategic relationships and partnerships; effect introductions; and engage in networking between Christians of different traditions, fellow faith communities and secular allies, to promote T4CG thinking and practice
Bring alive the principles and practice of the common good to a wide audience and demonstrate how it might be applied
We aim to bring the principle of the common good alive in a range of creative ways, and support others to do so too. We enable people to learn about the Common Good through online and printed resources, events, outreach, local and strategic partnerships, and soon, through our new training days. We nourish the growing T4CG community through our unique e-newsletter, which gives a regular helicopter view of activity for the common good across the Christian traditions.
Our work is extremely cost effective: our staff of two is boosted by considerable pro bono support and help in kind. Our many partnerships enable us to punch above our weight.
Together for the Common Good is inspired by the partnership between the late Archbishop Derek Worlock and Bishop David Sheppard in Liverpool a generation ago. We draw from their experience, taking this ecumenical legacy forward in a range of creative ways, now not only for church leaders but for all the people of the church, especially lay people. They put the flourishing of people and community first, and together with their Free Church partners, clergy and laity, they worked with communities, local groups, civic leaders and business to strengthen civil society. Although they belonged to different traditions, their leadership and joint commitment to an outward-facing church enabled the city to overcome sectarian divisions and build a stronger civic future. Like them, we are open to the Holy Spirit and to learning from each other.
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T4CG gratefully acknowledges help-in-kind and pro bono support from a wide range of people and partner organisations, too many to list here. Our sincere thanks go to the Sisters of Mercy of Great Britain for so kindly hosting us in their building.
We are grateful for financial support from CCLA, the Passionists Grants Fund, Hymns Ancient and Modern, Westhill, the URC Vision Mission Fund, AllChurches Trust. Sincere thanks go to our Founder Friends, a growing group of individuals who support our work with a monthly gift. For details of how to support, please click here.