Digital Resources

 

If you missed the 2013 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.

Catholic Social Thought

Would you like to introduce your parish, youth group, school or faith-sharing group to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching? We highly recommend Love in Action a new whole-parish engagement programme. To find out how to get hold of the materials, click here to contact Caritas Westminster.

In this 14-minute video, Martin Robinson, Principal of ForMission College, interviews Anna Rowlands about her chapter on Catholic Social Teaching in T4CG's book of 13 essays, Together for the Common Good: Towards a National Conversation.  It's a link from the Spring 2016 edition of the Journal of Missional Practice.

Listen here to a recording of 'The Common Good', the 2015 Roscoe Lecture given at Liverpool John Moores University, where the Catholic Archbishop of Liverpool, Malcolm McMahon, explained the Church's social teachings in some detail. Since his appointment in 2014, he has emphasised the importance of different denominations and faiths working together for the common good, naming the ecumencial Sheppard Worlock partnership as an inspiration.

Dr Anna Rowlands explains why Catholic Social Teaching supports the Living Wage.  

BBC Radio 4 Analysis: Left Turn to Catholic Social Teaching? Matthew Taylor, former policy advisor to New Labour, ponders the tradition and asks what it might offer to post credit crunch politics. With Dr Anna Rowlands, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Jon Cruddas and Lord Glasman.

You can check out this page for a greater exploration of the philosophical ideas behind Catholic Social Thought.

Economics

Take a look at this short video from Resonance BristolDismantling Poverty Through Investment in Social Enterprise. October 2016

The Responsible Finance network sent us this 3 minute video explaining why the disclosure of bank lending data will help to unlock access to finance for businesses and families. May 2016.

T4CG hosted a debate asking Is it possible to build a Common Good with Money? moderated by Dr Eve Poole with speakers Lord Maurice Glasman and Professor Philip Booth. This is the audio file, and you can also read more about the event here. May 2016.

An excellent story of how purpose driven cultural change in business is not only possible but happening now, is in the radio programme Just Culture on BBC Radio 4, from 9 November 2014. Worth downloading the podcast.

Inequality in America powerful video showing the wealth gap in the US.  

Inequality in Britain video showing wealth distribution in Britain.  

London Citizens' video about the Living Wage.  

Watch Jim Wallis addressing the closing session of the 2014 World Economic Forum at Davos, talking about the Common Good, quoting Pope Francis' request that 'the most included reach out to the most excluded.’

Faith Communities 

Transformational working in a neighbourhood is not rocket science, and it does not take a great deal of money. But it does require a willingness to love people where they are and time to engage deeply. Watch this inspirational documentary about a group of Catholic Franciscan brothers living and working with volunteers and neighbours in Bradford.

Learn how the church is helping victims of modern day slavery in this podcast with Bishop Alastair Redfern

L’Arche, the world wide model started by Jean Vanier, is a classic example of a common good - the able bodied and those with intellectual disabilities living together - is celebrated in the new film, Summer in the Forest

Jim Wallis - On God's Side: the American public theologian, says 'It is time to reclaim the neglected common good and to learn how faith might help, instead of hurt, in that important task. Our public life could be made better, even transformed or healed, if our religious traditions practised what they preached.’

Monday 9 February 2015: Patrick Riordan SJ takes part in Analysis on BBC Radio 4, discussing freedom of speech and the Catholic Church.

The legendary Jean Vanier of L’Arche came to London to give a talk in January 2014. We arranged for him to be filmed. Watch him speak about ‘humility and humiliation’ here (there are three parts to the talk).

This Upholland Unitape Online Catalogue offers over 800 recordings available online of Upholland Northern Institute lectures taped between 1975 and 1988. Notable speakers include Fr Austin Smith, Raymond E. Brown, Vincent Nichols, Paul Crowe and many others. Subject areas include: Bible and New Testament in General, The Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, Epistles, The Early Church, Christology, The Theology of the Church, Liturgy, Sacraments, Moral Theology, Social Justice, Canon Law, Ecumenism, Religious Life, Catechetics, Preaching, Spirituality and Prayer, General Theology, Priesthood and Story, Pastoral Care, Community Development A fantastic resource. www.unitape.org

The Show up Sunday campaign by Christians in Politics, challenges all of us to serve and lead, not just to follow or complain. Although primarily targeted at evangelical networks, it’s relevant for all - why not encourage your church to host a Show up Sunday event? - May 2015.

Politics

Here's a podcast of the inimitable John Milbank in conversation with Scott Stephens on democracy, liberalism, individualism and the state. May 2016.

On BBC Radio 4 programme A Point of View, Roger Scruton says the fashion for government by petition is out of step with representative democracy in which representatives are not elected to relay the opinions of their constituents but to represent their interests. Listen here- June 2016.  

In Australia, keeping out of the pre-election fray, Maurice Glasman gave a lecture ‘The State, the Markets and Civil Society’. On his return he debated with Tim Montgomerie (the Good Right) at the Centre for Social Justice, on ‘Compassion in British politics: Who will stand for the poorest after May 2015?’

Luke Bretherton speaks about how Christians should engage in politics. Luke is Associate Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School and is author of Christianity & Contemporary Politics.

On 29 April 2015, we partnered with St Paul’s and Theos to bring together an audience of over 600 for a major debate, Beyond Election Day: Power, Money, Government and Responsibility with speakers Professor Craig Calhoun, Shami Chakrabarti, Conor Kehoe and Loretta Minghella. Watch the video here.

Professor Michael Sandel: A New Politics of the Common Good BBC Radio 4 Reith Lectures 2009. A New Citizenship: the fourth of four lectures about the prospects of a new politics of the common good.

Sam Wells and Anna Rowlands give theological input about creating a politics for the Common Good: listen to the podcast here - 14 April 2015

A politics based on virtueJon Cruddas spoke at the NJPN conference on the sense of ‘bewilderment and vulnerability’ felt by so many in our society and the need to ask deeper questions in a community that appears without soul and preoccupied with money, seeming to have lost its way. Jon believes that justice is concerned with striving for a more ‘virtuous’ model of society, in which the essential elements of compassion, wisdom, integrity, humility, prudence and righteousness are all important.

Society 

People finding themselves homeless need practical support but also holistic and human care: churches are uniquely well placed to offer this. This new briefing on homelessness by Church Urban Fund looks at different types of homelessness and shows what churches can do to help. Also, check out audio and video content on housing issues gathered by London Churches Social Action, including inputs by Alison Gelder (CEO, Housing Justice and T4CG), plus more video content and other resources on housing provided by Capital Mass. October 2016.

Take a look at the Jubilee+ website to find out how volunteers through church franchises are supporting and cultivating family life, helping struggling families to handle money, providing support for health and disability.

The so-called 'national interest' was explored in the context of the European Union in a debate on A Balance of Interests: Britain, the EU and the Common Good. It was moderated by Dr Eliza Filby, and the speakers were Dr Jonathan Chaplin, Peter Smith and Caroline MacFarland. May 2016.

If you are looking for a focus to build trust across differences, Initiatives of Change offers a free community workshop using a film inspired by post-apartheid South Africa. A[ powerful story of personal reconciliation and forgiveness between Letlapa Mphalele and Ginn Fourie - a black atheist man and a white Christian woman.

Watch Anna Rowlands, another of the contributors to the T4CG book, explain Catholic Social Teaching; the Common Good; Labour, Capital and the Living Wage; Cross-party unity on migration - in four videos produced for the Christians in Politics ShowUp weekend in 2015.

Lord Maurice Glasman's 40 minute keynote on Relational Politics given at Good Labs in Newcastle late in 2015. In this audio you can hear him tell his story about the Living Wage campaign, community organising and the politics of the Common Good.

Watch video of a huge public debate with Paul Mason speaking about his book 'PostCapitalism' at St Paul's Institute in 2015. Attended by over 2,500 people, the discussion featured respondents Phillip Blond arguing for morality as the only truly liberating agenda, and Ann Pettifor criticising the new 'sharing economy' as a rentier form of usury that the church should do more to resist. 

Articulating and celebrating the key role of the Christian churches in economic and cultural life, Phillip Blond’s address went down a storm at the 2014 Chichester Diocese clergy conference. Listen to the audio.

'Do not forget the poor' - BBC Radio 4 Today programme extract: Father Augusto Zampini and Reverend Greg Hoyland discuss Pope Francis' incorporation of liberation theology in his teachings (17 Dec 2013).  

London CItizens' animated film about Community Organising.  

Near Neighbours have produced an app to support their work bringing together local people in communities that are religiously and ethnically diverse. Near Neighbours helps to combat isolation and strengthen community, building relationships of trust and encouraging collaboration to improve local quality of life. Click here to get to the app.  

The Centre for Theology and Community have produced Seeing Change, a five-session course, based on the book of Nehemiah, using accessible videos. It draws parallels between the rebuilding of Jerusalem and our need to rebuild communities, to help churches listen to the needs of the local community and respond in a way which combines charity and justice - Lent 2015.  

The City and the Common Good (a 5 minute video), came out of a series of events at St Paul’s Cathedral in 2013. Click here and use the password ‘matter2014’ to gain access to the film. CCLA (who sponsored the video) would like your feedback: please write to Andrew.Robinson@ccla.co.uk

The common good is not possible without everyone involved. In this talk, Jean Vanier spoke of how society is impoverished if it fails to embrace the gifts of the marginalised, and what the strong have to gain by living in community with the weak. His talk explored the value of community living, not just for people with disabilities, but for all of us. Press and radio reports of the event are shared on our website and you can watch the film of Jean Vanier here.

The Vicar of Dibley agrees – she says ‘people do their best work in pairs' and is calling on Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby ‘to join up’ (like Ben and Jerry) in this brilliant 3 minute Thought for the Day from 29 March 2014.

The Common Rights Project is alerting us that homeless people are, effectively, denied access to water, shelter, sanitation and food, access to all of which the United Nations defines as a human right.

Watch the video ‘50 Ways to Close the Foodbank.’ This is a song by some Canadian volunteers who began helping at a foodbank in 1990 thinking they would lend a hand for a couple of years; they are still doing it 22 years later (13 June 2012).

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