Our Roots

Together for the Common Good is rooted in the partnership between the late Archbishop Derek Worlock and Bishop David Sheppard in Liverpool a generation ago.

For twenty years between the 1970s and the 1990s they worked together across their differences, alongside communities for the Common Good, building bridges across division in challenging times. Putting the flourishing of people and community first, they worked with communities, local groups, civic leaders and business to strengthen civil society. They worked together across their differences, putting the city of Liverpool first in a time of polarisation and division.

They learned from each other, realising that each had different gifts to bring - gifts like Catholic social teaching, the see-judge-act methodology, Anglican hospitality to the whole community, courage and negotiating skills.

They encouraged local leadership among ‘communities of the left behind’, built bridges between mutually suspicious groups, listened to all sides, and interpreting between them – business, unions, Catholic, Protestant, the affluent, the left behind, the police, the black community, the Militant Tendency, the Thatcher government.

As the title of their book ‘Better Together’ expresses, reconciliation was their method for building the Common Good.

We believe that if they could do it, so can we.  Together for the Common Good began in 2011 with an idea by Jenny Sinclair (nee Sheppard).  It has since emerged as a movement, through prayer, conversation, patience and collaboration.