Churches Together in Britain and Ireland - Election 2017

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13 June 2017

United Reformed Church reflects on the uncertain political landscape

'As citizens, and as Christians, we have a vital role to play in continuing to play an active part in our democracy. This isn't simply something restricted to polling days, but a process we are asked to engage in daily. Faith in the teaching and life of Jesus Christ commits us to work every day for the furthering of God's Kingdom - this starts by striving for justice in our own communities and towns', comments Grace Pengelly, the URC Secretary for Church and Society.

Read the whole of the reflection on the URC website


12 June 2017

Archbishop of Canterbury's statement on the General Election

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, said 'I encourage all Christians, and people of all faiths and no faith, to hold our political leaders in their thoughts and prayers at this time. My prayer is that they may know the love and presence of God, made known through Jesus Christ, as they continue their discussions and prepare to take on the weighty responsibility of leadership', in a statement issued on 9 June 2017.

Read the full statement on the Archbishop of Canterbury's website


9 June 2017

Post-election letter from Baptist Union of Great Britain

General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Lynn Green, has issued a letter to Baptists following the General Election.

Read on the Baptists Together website .


9 June 2017

Church of Scotland issues post-election call for prayerful reflection

The Church of Scotland is 'calling on people of faith to spend time in prayerful reflection at this moment of uncertainty following the General Election'.

See the Church of Scotland website for the full statement and prayer .


9 June 2017

Statement from the Methodist Church in Britain

Following the election results, the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Dr Roger L Walton and Ms Rachel Lampard MBE, have made a statement.

Read on the Methodist Church website


2 June 2017

Church of Scotland publishes General Election videos

Following the attack in Manchester, the Church of Scotland cancelled its hustings event planned for the General Assembly. However, it is now publishing three videos made for the event, along with responses to the questions they raise. The videos look at Brexit, the Environment and our welfare system. 

More details on the Church of Scotland website


1 June 2017

Churches: ask what sort of society we wish our government to build

As Christians, it is our duty to ask what sort of society we would wish our government to build say leaders from the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Church of Scotland, Methdist Church in Britain and the United Reformed Church (URC).

The leaders 'pray that Christians across our nations entering the polling booth on 8 June do so as followers of Jesus Christ, seeking to take part in creating a society which reflects God's kingdom of goodness and of justice. A society that encourages life in all its fullness.'

You can read the full statement on the Methodist Church website


18 May 2017

Christian and other faith leaders in Wales encourage voter participation

Bishop Gregory Cameron, Bishop of St Asaph, has joined with other Christian and faith leaders in North Wales to encourage conversations about democracy ahead of the General Election.

"A democracy only works well if everyone participates and expresses their political opinion and choice. So, do we all know our political choices and are we going to exercise them?", said the statement on behalf of TCC (Trefnu Cymunedol Cymru / Together Creating Communities).

You can read the full statement on the Church in Wales website


15 May 2017

Catholic Bishops issue General Election guidance with encouragement to vote 

Bishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales have issued a letter which will be distributed in parishes across all dioceses this weekend. It encourages all Catholics to play an active part in the election and sets out broad principles to guide thinking taken from Pope Francis' Evangelii Gaudium.

You can download the Bishops' letter from the Catholic Church in England and Wales website   


6 May 2017

Archbishops of Canterbury and York issue pastoral letter

A pastoral letter has been issued to the parishes and chaplaincies of the Church of England by Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu.

The 3 page letter 'encourages voters to remember Britain's Christian history and heritage as well as a concern for future generations and God's creation as they make their decisions'.

For more details see the Church of England website


5 May 2017

Salvation Army calls on next government to prioritise needs of most vulnerable 

The Salvation Army has called on the next government to recognise the value of supported housing which helps those who are most vulnerable transform their lives, participate in education, and employment.

See the Salvation Army website


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