For Christians of all traditions, charity and justice go together. We want all human beings to flourish and we’re tired of mopping up after a system that generates poverty and inequality
Together for the Common Good is building a new, broad coalition between Christians of different traditions, other faith communities and secular allies, to re-imagine political life and commitment to the flourishing of all people.
The gap between the very rich and those with the least is widening further and faster. An economy of exclusion and inequality, together with a an overburdened state has left people cynical and losing faith in institutions. A great task of reconciliation and urgent rebalancing is before us and to do this, we need to strengthen civil society.
Key to this are people in the churches and faith-based organisations whose common focus is the dignity of the human person. They are in the business of working alongside communities, helping people transform their lives and have authentic roots in every neighbourhood. T4CG emphasises particularly that outcomes are most effective when the different Christian traditions act together, not only in charity but for social justice.
We need to articulate a society that works for everyone. This new movement has the potential to transcend party politics and bring a diversity of interests into convergence. We want to use our combined energies to unite all people of good will, from all faith traditions and none, around the ancient tradition of the Common Good.
"The dignity of each human person and the pursuit of the common good are concerns which ought to shape all economic policies" Pope Francis
"The idea of the common good derives from Jesus’s commandment to love our neighbor - including 'the least of these' - which is still the most transformational social ethic the world has ever seen" Jim Wallis
"The common good of the community and justice are absolutely central to what it means to be a Christian." ++Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury
"Our daily deeds ... must produce an actual ... reality that will reinforce humanity's belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all." Nelson Mandela
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Articles by Lord Glasman, Andy Crouch, Alison Gelder, Claire Dove, Jim Wallis, Clifford Longley, John Battle, Hilary Russell, John Ellison, Andro Linklater and others...