What's Going on? A conversation about the future role of the church in politics and public life

October 25, 2023

On 26th September, some of our Commissioners and supporters met at the beautiful new Lambeth Palace Library for a fascinating discussion as part of our What’s Going On? series, exploring the church’s role in public life and how national church leaders can play a positive role in the life of the country and our communities.

A panel of church leaders from the Methodist Church, Coptic Orthodox Church and Church of England unpacked some fascinating (and challenging!) questions from host Professor Luke Bretherton about balancing their personal perspectives on major issues with their offices as church leaders, the role of ecumenical collaboration as a coalition for the common good, and how to operate faithfully outside of the culture wars framework.

One of the Commission’s goals is to help church leaders understand and articulate the place of the church in public life with humility, nuance and confidence. Through this ongoing series of gatherings, run in partnership with St Mellitus College, we hope to resource the church to develop a more positive and hopeful articulation of the role of the Church in our country today.

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