Together for the Common Good has a prayer station during the week leading up to Pentecost, 6-13 May 2016, at St Michael’s Cornhill, City of London. It is also holding public discussions over two evenings:
A Balance of Interests: the EU, Britain and the Common Good
7.30pm, Wednesday 11 May 2016
Discussion will focus on: what is the EU for? What is our vision for Britain in the world? The EU Referendum decision is widely portrayed as about the ‘British national interest’, but in the Christian tradition politics is about promoting ‘the common good’, something much wider than the interests of one nation.
Speakers include Dr Jonathan Chaplin, Political Theologian, Director of the Kirby Laing Institute of Christian Ethics; and the Rt Hon Frank Field MP, Labour MP for Birkenhead. The moderator is Eliza Filby, Writer, historical commentator and broadcaster.
Is it Possible to Build a Common Good With Money?
7pm, Thursday 12 May 2016
Debate will address: the City of London is a formidable generator of wealth, and is the main driver of our national economy, but how accountable is it and how can it be a blessing to all of London and the country? In the Judeo-Christian traditions, making money is an honourable occupation with a legitimate purpose when it builds the Common Good and creates the conditions in which everyone prospers. But public trust is low and there is concern even within the financial sector that the vices outweigh the virtues.
Speakeres are Lord Maurice Glasman, Labour Peer, Community Organiser, Founder of Blue Labour and the Common Good Foundation; and Professor Philip Booth, Academic and Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs and Professor of Finance, Public Policy and Ethics at St Mary’s University Twickenham. The moderator is Dr Eve Poole, Lecturer and writer in leadership, ethics, spirituality, capitalism and theology.
For more details and to register for the events at Together for the Common Good in the City, see the T4CG website.