Faith plays a pivotal role in our society. Many churches exist not as closed gatherings; but as communities with a deep concern for everyone living in their neighbourhood.

These communities were encouraged to tell their story, and asked, ‘What does a Good Society mean to you?’

What has emerged are many great projects that illustrate a dedication to caring for others, and a commitment to solid community-building.

Their voices provide a challenge to the accepted role of faith and the Church in seeking the common good.

A Good Society emerges as a place that re-builds the spirit by offering hope. It integrates different generations and faiths, and models healthy ways of living and being.

It re-builds communities by solving conflicts creatively, and provides practical resources.

Faith groups and leaders are expected to stand for values, rather than fundamentals.

They are asked to become voices of truth and integrity, rather than holders of power. They are challenged to see their buildings as places of sanctuary.

The Good Society project listened to the voices of those who are rarely heard. And this is what they had to say.


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Sharing visions of a good society

Posted by Dave Chadwick on Thursday 29.10.2015

Church Action on Poverty annual conference 2016. Churches and communities across the UK are taking part in Good Society conversations – exploring what must be done to build a Good Society, listening especially to voices from poor and excluded communities. At the conference, participants from those conversations will join Church Action on Poverty’s supporters to […] | More

Preparing for the General Election: A 2020 vision of the Good Society

Posted by Dave Chadwick on Monday 23.2.2015

With the General Election fast approaching, 2015 is a year of decision. Our churches have a major role to play – not just in hosting hustings meetings – but in sharing a positive ‘2020 Vision’ of the kind of ‘Good Society’ we want to help create, locally, nationally and globally over the five years of the […] | More

Visions of the Good Society

Posted by Dave Chadwick on Tuesday 7.10.2014

Next February, help Church Action on Poverty create its vision of a Good Society – a fairer world with a smaller gap between rich and poor – by taking part in Church Action on Poverty Sunday. Worship materials for churches are available to download, which include planning a service, prayers, Bible readings, an all-age activity, […] | More