Together for the Common Good is an emerging movement bringing alive the principle of the Common Good and encouraging people of goodwill to work together across their differences.
Our network includes people from across the churches, along with friends from other faith traditions and non religious backgrounds. T4CG is ecumenical, non-partisan and independent of any institution or religious denomination. Over two thousand people across the UK and abroad now subscribe to our newsletter.
We punch above our weight thanks to partnerships with many organisations and at any one time up to twenty associates are contributing to T4CG projects, and a handful of supporters are giving time in voluntary roles.
We consult with an informal Circle of Advisers, including: Revd Dr Malcolm Brown, Dr Jonathan Chaplin, Canon David Porter, Lord Maurice Glasman, Jane Leek, Andrew Robinson MBE, Pat Jones CBE, Rt Revd Dr Stephen Platten, Dr Anna Rowlands, Charles Wookey.
We draw from across the Judeo Christian traditions, in particular on the principles of Catholic social thought, a body of thinking rooted in the gospel which provides a set of tools for good judgment to build a common life together - a recipe for just relationships in which each person takes responsibility, according to their gifts and abilities. To make it more widely accessible, we call it ‘Common Good Thinking’.
What we do
Our work is to make the principle of the Common Good more widely known and applied, and to encourage and equip people of goodwill to work together as agents of change for the Common Good.
We share resources, produce publications and communicate via the regular T4CG e-newsletter and Twitter. We build relationships across the churches, hold public debates, give keynote talks, hold conversations with opinion formers, and partner on community projects. Soon we will offer capacity-building training in Common Good Thinking to church leaders, teachers and lay people.
In this way we aim to act as a catalyst, cascading an understanding of Common Good Thinking and practice, un-tapping the potential of the churches in particular, building the capacity of clergy and lay people to build relationships and strengthen their communities.
Christians of all traditions who want to transform society say our work inspires them and equips them to put the Common Good into practice. Senior church leaders encourage us and endorse our work. Non religious colleagues and friends from other faith communities alike welcome our constructive contribution.
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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.