Further ideas on faith and politics

Thursday 28 February 2019
A range of resources for further exploration of the theme of the Spring 2019 issue of The Magazine, on faith and politics.





Start up your conversation with the UK Parliament 2–8 November 2019

UK Parliament Week is an annual festival that engages people from across the UK with Parliament, explores what it means to them and empowers them to get involved. Organisations across the UK ran events and activities that engaged over a million people. The Church of England gets involved and will be providing resources for churches to use. This year’s theme is: “It starts with you”. www.ukparliamentweek.org


The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) is made up of the Baptist Union, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, working together for peace and justice. They work to: equip Christians to act and pray on issues of injustice, resource churches to reflect and campaign effectively, help Churches to speak out with a distinctively Christian voice on injustice. www.jointpublicissues.org.uk 020 7916 8632 

Faith in Politics Podcast - This monthly podcast features interviews with public figures who straddle the world of faith and politics. www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/podcast




Brexit and the Book of Ruth

The Revd Dr Fiona Haworth (Asst Priest at St Peter Mancroft) recommends a resource produced by the Corrymeela Community: “Padraig O Tuama, the leader of the Community, gave an excellent talk on Brexit and the book of Ruth drawing on the Irish experience approaching the 1920 anniversary.” The resources explore conversations about Brexit, borders and belonging using the book of Ruth. They are available to download, free of charge at: www.corrymeela.org/news/96/exploring-brexit-through-the-lens or contact glennjordan@corrymeela.org to find out more.


Good Faith Partnership – “solving difficult problems by bringing together surprisingly different people”. The Partnership helps leaders in business, politics, faith and charities work together on some of the big issues such as migration and integration, financial inclusion, the Middle East, and welcoming refugees. www.goodfaith.org.uk


Evangelical Alliance’s public policy team works to represent Christians and churches in the UK offices of parliament. “We want to see a church that is informed and equipped to engage in politics and we want to help you play a part.” Various resources, articles and publications, including What Kind of Society? www.eauk.org/what-we-do/public-policy 020 7520 3830


Care (Christian Action Research & Education) – is a Christian charity “seeking to uphold human dignity and to support the most vulnerable people in society, engaging with politicians in the UK Parliaments & Assemblies and promoting Christian community-based initiatives.” www.care.org.uk 020 7233 0455


Christians in Politics – is an all-party, non-denominational organisation which seeks to encourage and inspire Christians to get involved in politics and public life. “Emphasis is placed on our membership of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, as opposed to the earthly allegiances which may separate us.” www.christiansinpolitics.org.uk 020 7340 0257


Archbishop Cranmer Blog – this popular political and religion blog was founded by Adrian Hilton in March 2006 on the 450th anniversary of Thomas Cranmer’s martyrdom. The blog takes as its inspiration the words of Sir Humphrey Appleby: “It’s interesting that nowadays politicians want to talk about moral issues, and bishops want to talk politics.” www.archbishopcranmer.com


Church of England – policy and thinking In a world where many visions for humanity compete for our attention, the Church asks: what do the great questions of our age, national and local, look like if you view them through the prism of the gospel? Visit this website page for the CofE’s view on a wide variety of current affairs issues. www.churchofengland.org/more/policy-and-thinking/our-views


This article first appeared in The Magazine Spring 2019. See more articles here.