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Holistic Mission: Social action and the Church of England

10th July 2013
  • ResPublica

On Wednesday 10th July 2013, ResPublica launched its latest report, Holistic Mission: Social Action and the Church of England, authored by ResPublica Director, Phillip Blond and ResPublica Research Associate, James Noyes. The report urges that the Church must be recognised by the state as an enabling institution that plays a crucial role in delivering public goods across the country. It calls on the Church to see this renewed external role as a vital part of its mission for the 21st Century.

Supported by The Resurgo Trust, the report explores the value of the social action performed by groups within and connected to the Church of England. To better inform public debate, the report offers a comprehensive analysis of this activity, capturing the diverse forms of civic and social engagement carried out by churches and congregations.

The report draws out and reaffirms the national narrative of the social and common good, and the Church’s role in deepening relationships and meeting the needs of those that the state cannot reach alone.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, made an opening speech followed by Nick Hurd MP, the Minister for Civil Society, a panel discussion featuring politicians, including Stephen Timms MP, the Shadow Minister for Employment and the authors of the report, James Noyes and Phillip Blond.

Keynote address by The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby

Keynote address by Rt Hon Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society

Opening remarks by Phillip Blond, Director of Respublica

Speeches by the Panel:

(left to right) Dr James Noyes, Research Associate, ResPublica; Rt Rev’d Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester; Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent, The Times; Tom Jackson, Resurgo Social Ventures; Stephen Timms MP, Shadow Minister for Employment.


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