We want people of goodwill to work together, across their traditions, to become agents of change for the common good
Together for the Common Good encourages people of goodwill, especially Christians of different traditions, to work together, alongside people of other faiths and secular allies, to become agents of change for the Common Good. We are building a new, broad coalition to re-imagine cultural, political and economic life through a commitment to the flourishing of all people.
In this post election period, we want to see purposeful, servant leadership that models mutual respect, committed to applying the principles of the common good to policy across party lines. Such a practice must be transparent and open, acknowledging that ‘the other’ may also driven by good motives and a genuine desire to serve the community. Hard as this will be, it is the only way that trust will be restored. It takes real courage to approach politics with humility.
In the run up to the election we held two public debates on the common good. In partnership with St Martin's-in-the-Fields, we brought together Dominic Grieve, David Lammy, Stephen Timms and Alistair Burt across their party differences under the banner Towards a Politics for the Common Good and a discussion with an audience of 400. Listen to the podcast here.
When there's so much we disagree about, how are we going to work together? Together for the Common Good: towards a national conversation is a new collection of essays by 13 leading political thinkers and theologians:
“This is a remarkable book, and should be read by all those interested in human rights, justice and politics in a secular and multi-cultural society. To work towards the common good is to work for peace.” Jean Vanier
Contributors: Lord Maurice Glasman, Clifford Longley, Lord Brian Griffiths, Dr Jon Wilson, Tehmina Kazi, Dr Jonathan Chaplin, Professor Andrew Bradstock, Dr Anna Rowlands, Professor Esther Reed, Dr Patrick Riordan SJ, Phillip Booth, Sam Burgess and Revd Dr Malcolm Brown.
Rather than claiming to have it all sewn up, this book aims to be a conversation opener to inform and inspire a deeper quality of discussion about the common good. More details here...
Packed with ideas for further reading, related research; sections on What's the common good?, Catholic social thought, Video and audio clips, Urban Ministry...
Articles by Lord Glasman, Joshua Hordern, Anna Rowlands, Steve Wyler, Patrick Riordan SJ, Michael Wear, Andy Crouch, Jim Wallis, Clifford Longley, Angus Ritchie, Stanley Hauerwas and others...