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St Paul’s debate looks to national common good beyond the General Election
30 March 2015
As we hurtle towards one of the most closely-contested and divisive General Elections in memory, a Cathedral floor debate will look to how the nation can come together beyond May 7.
One week before the election, St Paul's Institute, in partnership with Theos and Together for the Common Good, will bring together key speakers to help us form a ‘fresh moral vision’ through this public discussion under Wren’s historic dome.
Beyond Election Day: Power, Money, Government and Responsibility
Wednesday 29 April | 6.30pm | St Paul's Cathedral, London, EC4M 8AD
FREE TICKETS: beyondelectionday.eventbrite.com
Professor Craig Calhoun - Director, London School of Economics
Shami Chakrabarti CBE - Director, Liberty
Conor Kehoe - Director, McKinsey & Company
Loretta Minghella OBE - Chief Executive, Christian Aid
The Revd Canon Angus Ritchie - Executive Director, Centre for Theology & Community (Chair)
The forthcoming election has brought to the fore public discussion about the role and effectiveness of many of our social institutions. More voices have called for a new settlement that re-imagines political engagement and the relationship between government, business and society. A settlement that places the common good at the heart of decision-making; allows politicians to move away from short-term electoral constraints; and encourages us all to vote for reasons greater than our own self-interest.
The recent Bishops' Pastoral Letter called for a "fresh moral vision of the kind of country we want to be" that must "focus on the common good, the participation of more people in developing a political vision and constructive ways to talk about communities and how they relate to one another."
How do we get politics and business working for the common good?
What role should personal judgement and mutual responsibility play in our decision-making?
How can we harness relationships with clear purpose for the long-term benefit of all?
And...what will make this real - and not just utopian fantasy?
St Paul's Institute seeks to foster an informed Christian response to the most urgent ethical and spiritual
issues of our times: financial integrity, economic theory, and the meaning of the common good.
Together for the Common Good is a national initiative, encouraging all people of goodwill, especially
Christians of different traditions, to work together alongside people of other faiths and secular allies, to become agents of
change for common good.
Theos is a Christian think tank working in the area of religion, politics and society. It aims to inform debate around questions of faith and secularism and the related subjects of values and identity.