In these times of upheaval and social fragmentation people across the churches can help to build a renewed sense of community and strengthen the bonds of social trust. Our new resource can help to get you started.
The Here: Now: Us People Common Good Training Workshop is a one-day introduction to the Common Good, designed to empower and equip people from across the Christian traditions to help strengthen civil society and build community.
If you are able to host a one-day workshop and gather a group of 12-20 people, this may be for you. Do have a look at our introductory presentation first, then drop us a line at workshops[at]togetherforthecommongood.co.uk.
You'll need a facilitator and we can introduce you to one of our trusted partners, or better still, if you have an experienced facilitator they can lead it for you using the Here: Now: Us People Training Pack. You could suggest they attend our next Train the Trainers day - 14 October in central London. Find out more here.
The workshop's training themes are:
Common Good Principles and how to put them into practice
What’s going on? The causes of social division and how to address them
A Christian understanding of the Common Good
Civil society institutions and the role of the Church
Vocational responsibility refreshing mission and practical action
Shared purpose among Christians of different traditions to strengthen civil society
What is the Common Good?
The Common Good is the shared life of a society in which everyone can flourish - as we act together in different ways that all contribute towards that goal, enabled by social conditions that mean every single person can participate. We create these conditions and pursue that goal by working together across our differences, each of us taking responsibility according to our calling and ability. Further:
it is realised through human civil society institutions, those mediating structures between the individual and the state which build human and social capital, empower individuals and communities, and link the individual to society as a whole;
it is generated as people participate freely: it is not a utopian ideal and cannot, by definition, be imposed - not by a state, a group, church or any agency. It isn’t about perfection: it is messier and more beautifully human than any utopian ideal could be;
it is inspired by the gospel and holds the human person at its heart, challenging injustice, systems and ideologies which dehumanise, on both the left and the right - in this sense the Common Good properly understood is non partisan;
it encourages social relationships and mutual obligations across our different backgrounds and opinions, requiring us to listen and encounter each other even when we dislike each other or disagree. It therefore runs counter to the culture of individualism;
it is rooted in Scripture, a good example being from Jeremiah 29.7: "Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you... for in its welfare you will find your welfare."
People across the churches are well placed to bring more love into the system, work to heal divisions, help families and communities flourish, build relationships across differences and strengthen the bonds of social trust - working together each acting according to our vocation.
The training pack includes a comprehensive Facilitator Notes 52 page booklet - includes checklists, timings, activities, scripts and prompts for every session, a powerpoint, workbooks, props and a local host guide. The training pack can be ordered here. View the pack in this 30 second video below. Note: youtube link may not work in some public wifi zones.