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Good Investment and the Power of the Common Good - a T4CG/CCLA fringe debate at General Synod, 11 July 2015

“Seek the peace and prosperity of the place where I have sent you, because if it prospers so will you” (Jeremiah 29.7)


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CCLA and Together for the Common Good brought a fascinating debate to the C of E General Synod fringe with special guests, Labour Peer and community organiser, and founder of Blue LabourLord Maurice Glasman and Conservative activist and commentator, founder of The Good RightTim Montgomerie, to discuss the connection between faith, mission, money and markets. Videos of both keynotes are available now (just click on the pictures above) and a video of the whole event will be available soon, along with transcriptions of the two keynote speeches. A Q&A is currently taking place offline and results will be shared here in due course. Review our Twitter feed from the debate here.

We were very fortunate to bring together two of the most influential thinkers in this field, both of whom are leading advocates for reform in their respective traditions. The debate was chaired by Malcolm Brown, Director of the Mission and Public Affairs Division at the C of E. Founder of T4CG, Jenny Sinclair gave the introduction.

The Bishops’ Letter, Who is My Neighbour? highlighted that the two big postwar political dreams – the collectivism of 1945 with its nationalisation and centralised universal welfare state, and the 1979 dream of a free-market revolution – have both failed to deliver a society in which everyone flourishes, and that we need to develop an alternative vision.

With our shared focus on human dignity, love, responsibility and relationships, the role of faith in society (especially the Christian churches and the laity) is central to that new vision. Over the past three years, T4CG has been encouraging people of goodwill across the Christian denominations and political persuasions to move beyond the old tribal divides, draw on the best of our traditions, and use what agency is available to each of us to work together for the common good.

We are grateful to CoVi for filming the event. The debate was organised and sponsored by


Tim Montgomerie is a senior fellow at the Legatum Institute, commentator, broadcaster and a weekly columnist for The Times. One of the most influential Conservative thinkers in the UK,  he established the Centre for Social Justice with Iain Duncan Smith in 2004. He is an advocate of a ‘One Nation’ compassionate Conservatism and most recently has founded The Good Right which advocates investment for government-funded construction of social housing. In 2005 he founded and edited it until 2013. He began his career at the Bank of England and worked for the Conservative Christian Fellowship from 1998 to 2003.

Lord Maurice Glasman is an academic, community organiser and Labour life peer whose thinking on the state, the markets and civil society has been influential on both left and right in the emerging new politics. Author of ‘Unnecessary Suffering’, he worked for ten years with London Citizens in the early days of the campaign for the Living Wage. He has described himself as a ‘radical traditionalist’ and is best known as the founder of Blue Labour, and has made a sustained critique of his own party since 2009. While Lord Glasman is rooted in the Jewish tradition, he has a long standing expertise in Catholic Social Thought and the common good. He is a contributor to T4CG’s new book of essays,‘Together for the Common Good: Towards a National Conversation’ .

Jenny Sinclair is the founder of Together for the Common Good, a project that builds on the legacy of the partnership between the late Archbishop Derek Worlock and Bishop David Sheppard, her late father. Raised an Anglican, she was received into the Catholic Church in her late twenties.

Malcolm Brown is director of mission and public aairs for the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England. He has been a parish priest and an industrial chaplain and has taught Christian Ethics and Practical Theology in a number of universities. He was executive secretary of the William Temple Foundation in Manchester from 1991–2000. He is the author of Tensions in Christian Ethics (SPCK, 2010) and editor of Anglican Social Theology (Church House Publishing, 2014). He is a contributor to T4CG’s new book of essays,‘Together for the Common Good: Towards a National Conversation’ .

Click here for details of the T4CG book, Together for the Common Good: Towards a National Conversation