common good

Calling people of goodwill new prayer booklet
Join renowned bible scholar Nicholas King SJ for the Brighton launch of a major new publication from T4CG / Bible Society.6pm: Anglican Eucharist7pm: meal, talk and discussion8:45pm: Night PrayerMore about Nick King SJConnect with them on Facebook >>
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Next month, British voters will make another trip to the polling station to cast their ballots in a General Election. Deciding who deserves your vote is never an easy matter and many people are finding it more difficult than ever to decide which party’s path leads towards the common good, Nicholas King SJ included. He explains why a new book might be the perfect tool to help ‘people of goodwill’ decide how to cast their vote. So they have called another election, and the reaction of...
The Bible and the Common Good
In a time of great division between Brexiters and Remainers, Corbynistas and Labour moderates, Libertarians and One Nation Conservatives, a timely new booklet calls on people to work together and help to strengthen their communities.Calling People of Goodwill: The Bible and the Common Good is a short and accessible Bible study guide, an initiative of the Bible Society and Together for The Common Good, in association with Jesuits in Britain and Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics.The...
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What are we to make of the educational divide that can be seen in the voting patterns in both the EU referendum and the American presidential election? Patrick Riordan SJ suggests that some serious questions need to be asked: ‘both recent votes reinforce the urgency of reflecting on how our education system may be failing to secure a public space for genuine political debate’. President-elect Donald Trump was right about one thing: that the outcome of the presidential race...
Brexit scrabble letters
In the wake of the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union, Thinking Faith’s Editor suggests that the road ahead must be paved with generosity if it is to lead to the common good. The United Kingdom woke up this morning – or, in some cases, stayed awake all night – to discover that 51.9% of voters in yesterday’s EU referendum had opted for the second option on the ballot paper: Leave the European Union. Roughly 17.5 million people have come to the...
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Later this month, voters in the United Kingdom will decide whether or not they want to remain in the European Union. Arguments on both sides are dominating the current political landscape, but Patrick Riordan SJ is worried about the lack of depth to the referendum debates: ‘we have neglected to form the political culture in which a reasonable debate about membership of the EU can take place.’ ‘NHS doctor leaves family in Sheffield to join Islamic State in Syria.’[1...
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The current controversy about the appointment of a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is indicative of wider problems associated with rights-based citizenship and the politicisation of the judiciary, writes Patrick Riordan SJ – and not just in the United States. How can legal and judicial systems best serve the common good? The death of American Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has provoked a heated debate about how and when an appointment of his...
Map of Europe
The economic complexities of the Greek crisis have attracted a lot of coverage in recent weeks, but it’s important to hold the financial detail alongside concern for the common good, says Patrick Riordan SJ. ‘The principles of solidarity, subsidiarity and the common good are helpful guides to appreciating the obligations on actors to behave responsibly in very complex situations.’ What can the notion of common good contribute to our understanding of the long drawn out...
House of Commons
‘Election campaigns are strangely bad times to try to fix things. The day after is a pretty good time to start.’ So what needs to be fixed, and where do we start?  Anna Rowlands argues that the General Election campaign and result highlight the need for a renewal of the public realm. It is vital that the state, market and civil society all engage in a truly participatory politics. On Monday 4 May I was amongst a crowd of 2,000 people in Westminster Central Hall in London....