Our Vision is of a world being transformed as more people take responsibility for the common good and are committed to the flourishing of all.
The Brexit Referendum and turbulence across the West more generally has highlighted longstanding fault lines in society and polarising social and political divisions. Globalisation has worked for some, but we also see a weakening of civil society with too many communities left behind. Among the many factors, a culture of materialism and individualism has dampened down the language of mutual responsibility and community. People are increasingly reluctant to engage with people different from themselves.
This moment of political turmoil could deepen those fault lines, but is also an opportunity. A new settlement is being formed. If it does not heal these fractures and if it is not based on a genuine relationship with, and respect for, the excluded and left behind, then our democracy will remain in crisis. Similarly, if the churches do not reform their relationship with the poor too, then the very mission of the Church will be in jeopardy.
The Church, and Catholic social thought in particular, could be a blessing to our national community. The potential of the people across the churches to strengthen civil society, in particular the laity, is greatly underestimated. Good works happen in and through churches, but too often this engages a limited minority of activists, which effectively cuts out the contribution of the majority who would like to make a contribution. To release this potential, people across the churches need help to build their capacity to put their faith into action.
We believe that the Common Good offers an alternative approach for both Church and society that is inclusive and human, that transcends tribal lines and encourages everyone to take responsibility from the grassroots to the boardroom.