Bishop moves Lords’ debate on role of Civil Society
The Bishop of St Albans,The Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, led a debate in the House of Lords yesterday, 11 June 2015.
The motion debated was: “That this House takes note of the role played by civil society, in the light of the pastoral letter from the Church of England’s House of Bishops, ‘Who is my neighbour?’
‘Who is my Neighbour?’ was published earlier this year, before the General Election.
Other contributors included the Bishop of Rochester, James Langstaff.
In his opening remarks, Bishop Alan called for: “urgent work to be done to establish a new politics that seeks the common good.”
He continued: “Indeed I am keen that we will be able to explore the forms that such an approach to politics might take, and the role that churches, charities and voluntary organizations – and indeed all “intermediate institutions” – can play in moving us in that direction. ”
The debate lasted two and a half hours and garnered contributions from 15 peers.
Read the debate here
Watch the debate on Parliament.tv here starting at 11:38 am.