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Seeking the Common Good

Seeking the Common Good is a Lent Course prepared by the Diocese of Worcester's Mission Development Officers.

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How does a person’s Christian faith affect their vote as a citizen?  The material provided helps people to reflect in advance of the General Election on the issues and principles that shape their voting.

At the end of each week’s discussion and reflection, groups are invited to consider what question they would like to ask candidates as a result of the discussion. Churches are encouraged to set up hustings events locally. Guidance for hustings will be published shortly.

The course is available for download in slightly different formats, as listed below. To download each file, right-click and select "Save Link As" / "Save File As" or its equivalent in your browser. Clicking on the link directly should open the PDF in a separate browser tab, from which you can then save it directly.

Holding a hustings

The Diocese of Worcester encourages parishes to work together with other Christians to hold hustings events in their area. The diocesan office has published some guidance on campaigning, hustings, and the hire of church premises for political purposes as a PDF here. Guides on organising hustings have been produced by both Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (PDF download), and the Evangelical Alliance (PDF download). 

CTBI also have a specialist election website which has additional helpful information and downloads on the 2020 vision for a Good Society (full PDF downloadsummary PDF download). These files can usefully supplement the material in this Lent Course.

The Church of England is also supporting the Show Up campaign, which "aims to encourage positive Christian engagement in the run up to, and beyond, the 2015 General Election".